Investing in security with Alex Manea, Chief Security and Privacy Officer @ Georgian Partners

January 11, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Alex Manea, Chief Security and Privacy Officer @ Georgian Partners. Alex uses his detailed knowledge of security and privacy concepts to help portfolio companies identify opportunities to build and monetize technologies that protect assets and build trust. Alex is also responsible for Georgian’s internal policies and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Georgian Partners, Alex spent 12 years working at BlackBerry, most recently as Chief Security Officer. As a founding member of BlackBerry Security, he has worked to protect mobile, desktop and IoT devices, networks and infrastructure for over a decade, helping to transform BlackBerry from a mobile hardware vendor to the world’s leading provider of enterprise software and security solutions. Alex regularly writes on security and has been published in dozens of international publications in multiple languages.

Alex was recently named one of Canada’s smartest people by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has traveled to 22 countries and can speak or understand 7 different languages. He loves learning about cultures around the world, visiting local landmarks and trying new types of food.

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he got started in engineering
  • The evolution of his role at Blackberry that led him to becoming Chief Security Officer
  • How he became an investor at Georgian Partners
  • His thoughts on security vs. privacy
  • The new technologies he’s excited about notably blockchain and quantum computing
  • The rise of IOT and the danger it poses

Alex is a world class expert in his field and I was thrilled to have him on the show. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

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