Dec 02, 2020
One of the many tricky things about running a startup in stealth mode is picking the perfect time to say “Hello, world”. Introductions are tough, particularly when you’ve spent two years building a company in secret. However, I’ve been dreaming about writing this blog post since we built our first prototype and I didn’t want to wait any longer, so without further ado, let me introduce myself and share what we’ve been working on.
My name is Prakash Khot, and I am the co-founder and CTO of Skyflow. Skyflow is the result of a decade-long dialogue with my co-founder Anshu that eventually materialized into a concrete idea. We knew data analysis was rapidly becoming a key driver of business insights, decisions, and growth, but we were also acutely aware that for many companies, data management and privacy preservation was a constant worry. Conversations with dozens of CTOs and other stakeholders revealed that they saw using data and securing data as mutually exclusive. We realized there was a major need for an innovative, platform-centric solution.
We looked at the way leading technology companies like Google, Apple and Netflix were addressing this issue. The key to their success was an architectural pattern called the ‘sensitive data vault’ which allowed them to encrypt data both in transit and at rest while managing access to it with greater granularity. This logically-centralized database facilitated data capture, governance and usage to ensure security, compliance and privacy preservation. While Apple and Google had the resources to build vault architecture from the ground up, this kind of solution was not available to most of the industry or the community at large.
We started asking developers what they needed. We learned that security teams want insight into how data, particularly PII, is being used and stored. Application developers need to have access to the data to build the next generation of software tools, while CTOs and CDOs need assurance that they aren’t at risk of a data breach. We started Skyflow because we believe our vault technology can meet all of these needs.
We know companies take these issues seriously, so we built a team of experts who are well-acquainted with the risks and challenges inherent to managing sensitive data. We hired people with years of experience at places like Oracle, Salesforce, Heroku, MuleSoft, Microsoft, npm, Inc., GitHub and AthenaHealth. Our team’s depth and breadth of experience has allowed us to come up with some unique solutions to this problem. However, we don’t believe any solution will be perfect without input from the community.
That’s where you come in.
We’re looking for a small number of developers interested in this topic to start experimenting with our early-access platform and tools. We want to start a conversation with the community members most invested in solving issues of data privacy and security, so if you’re interested in working on a solution with us, you can sign up here.