Our CEO Tom loves to throw parties. I’ve been watching him grow (and occasionally turn around) several small organizations over the last twenty years, and along with all the hard work, he’s instilled a sense of family in those orgs by making sure people have fun. Last year we threw a formal year-end get-together in a rehabbed space in a scary warehouse building in a sketchy neighborhood. Lots of fun!
This year, to highlight our massive 2019 growth and success, he hosted a soiree at a very nice hotel with an incredible view of the New York skyline in every direction. It was a 1920’s theme. Being from the South Side of Chicago, I arrived in full gangster mode. Lots of food, a little bit of booze, and lots of people.
Why lots of people? Because we’ve grown like crazy. During this past year, we’ve delivered greatly enhanced models for fraud and KYC to our customers, prepared to deliver all new products to further attack fraud and ensure identity, expanded our customer base through expanded media exposure and just plain word of mouth, and added a pile of staff to build and improve those product lines as well as service our clientele. It doesn’t do anybody any good to bring on new customers if you can’t give them the attention they deserve.
This year we wanted to celebrate
- Upgraded products for fraud and KYC
- The launch of our enhanced Document Verification module
- Our imminent device binding and authentication services
- Our expanding staff
- Our growing diversity
Yes, diversity. Socure reflects an incredible spectrum of backgrounds, and the scope of our diversity is wider than ever. The tech world is often far too homogenous. But our own organization looks far more like the population we serve as part of our mission to identify the human race.
Our goal for the coming year is to completely eliminate fraud. And my goal for right this moment is to wish my family, my colleagues, my customers, and all of you a safe, peaceful, and hopeful holiday season.
Jeff Scheidel is a technologist with 34 years in software, including 26 years in security solution design. He is the author of numerous white papers on security and regulatory compliance, as well as a McGraw-Hill book on identity, access, database, and application protection. Jeff is an expert on compliance requirements across a number of industries, and has presented at a wide variety of security events.
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