Monday Jun 05, 2023

#132 - Founding to Funding (with Cyndi and Ron Gula)

On this episode we bring in Cyndi and Ron Gula from Gula Tech ( to talk about their cyber security experiences. Listen and enjoy as they tell their stories about leaving the NSA, creating the first commercial network Intrusion Detection System (IDS), Founding Tenable Network Security, and investing in multiple cybersecurity startups.

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  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:30 The Importance of Computer Security
  • 04:46 The Career Path to the National Security Agency
  • 07:39 The Importance of Compatibility
  • 10:40 How to Get Your First Customer Off the Ground
  • 14:28 How to Make your First Hire as a Beginning Entrepreneur
  • 16:10 The Transition to Network Security Wizards
  • 18:35 The Origins of Tenable
  • 21:38 How to to Survive Contact with the Enemy
  • 24:45 The Importance of Culture in the Military
  • 29:31 Gula Tech Adventures
  • 33:24 The Future of Venture Investing
  • 36:13 Secrets of Working Together as Spouses
  • 39:33 The Future of Venture Capital
  • 42:21 Google Tech Adventures: How to Learn Startups

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