Due to his family’s financial situation, he couldn’t afford to buy computer games, so he downloaded them from the internet — and one fateful time his family’s computer became infected with malware. Frustrated that his computer’s anti-malware didn’t prevent the infection, he took to seeking help from security message boards to troubleshoot and remove the malware by hand.
While developing his own tiny solution to this problem, he realized other people could use it too, and so he founded Malwarebytes.
Highlights from the interview with Marcin Kleczynski
- [06:30] What’s the difference between malware and a virus?
- [09:04] How Marcin ran a company of 200 and completed a computer science degree at the same time.
- [17:10] Marcin’s approach to leadership — hiring a great team.
- [20:17] The “fail fast” strategy to product development.
In early 2008, his company’s first product was released. What began in his suburban home is now an international company with 750 employees. Malwarebytes is now used by more than 60,000 businesses and millions of people worldwide.
Now, let’s hack…
Resources and links from the interview
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