Mårten Mickos is the recent CEO of HackerOne, one of the most well-known white-hat hacking platforms in the world. Mickos was the CEO of MySQL, a Swedish software business, prior to joining HackerOne. “Confidence, persistence, and leadership,” according to Mickos, have helped him grow as a leader. As bizarre as it may sound, Mickos' confidence was boosted by being dismissed from his past positions, and he just kept moving forward. “And maybe the most important lesson I've learned since being sacked as CEO is that there is no such thing as a perfect score in leadership. “There's always space for improvement and more to learn,” he adds.
HackerOne was founded in 2012 to connect businesses with white-hat hackers who are paid to identify cybersecurity flaws and assist businesses in fixing them before criminals exploit them. Upon joining, there were 16,000 hackers in the HackerOne community; now, there are over 250,000 white-hat hackers, and the number is growing. Mickos is now regarded as one of the Open Source world's most respected luminaries.
To show our respect to Micko’s transformational story, we bring you his top quotes surrounding success and motivation in business.
“Leadership is not a static skill. Leadership is an attitude, and its hungry.”
“I am hacking through bug bounties as it allows me to feel free. When I was six years old, my parents didn’t allow me to sit on a computer for a long time. I always tried to understand how to find ways to steal my parents’ computer password.”
“It is from the outside that you gain the best insights.”
“Your passion in life should fit you exactly; but your purpose in life should exceed you. Work for something much larger than yourself."
“Empower Our Community. Level the playing field because diversity strengthens us. Help others succeed. Learn from each other and grow.”
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