About this episode
The Silicon Valley legend is the college drop-out who made billions… but what if instead they stayed in the dorm room? What if they actually finished school *while* building the business? And if the soul of the business itself was helping people rather than harvesting every last penny from their pockets?
This is the intriguing story of Marcin Kleczynski and MalwareBytes, told in a candid ~1-hour interview where he explains how his company was built in vivid detail. Marcin takes us through his formative moments as a Polish immigrant in Illinois helping his family’s cleaning business to his choice to remain in school at his mother’s insistence while MalwareBytes was making millions. Marcin’s retelling of what it was like, many years later, to take his mother through the MalwareBytes office to meet the hundreds of employees in his company is one of our favorite moments in any Security Voices episode.
Our Interview with Marcin balances his journey as a founder/CEO with an in-depth conversation on the endpoint security business itself. Dave and Marcin discuss key product questions such as how much is too much product functionality to give away, how to work with the channel, whether or not you can effectively serve both consumer and enterprise markets and the future of endpoint protection. He also explains why it still makes sense to build a great office when the world feels like it’s shifting quickly to a remote workforce. Somewhat less importantly, we also find out why you should never send deep dish pizza to people in California.