Why US-based unicorn HackerOne keeps their dev team in Groningen #GeekLeap

In 2012, two former college students from Hanze College of Utilized Sciences within the Northern Dutch metropolis of Groningen, took a significant gamble. They made a listing of 100 corporations they’d prefer to work for — together with Fb, Twitter, Spotify, and Uber — and hacked them. As you may think about, this little stunt actually bought their consideration.

Now, $159.4M in funding later, their cybersecurity firm, HackerOne, reached unicorn standing in 2022 and counts massive gamers like Nintendo, AT&T, Hyatt, GM, and even the Pentagon amongst its purchasers.

HackerOne is a bug bounty looking platform that allows corporations to enlist the assistance of moral hackers throughout the globe to establish and mitigate safety vulnerabilities and information breaches, which price corporations a median of $4.35 million.

Whereas founders Jobert Abma and Michiel Prins now stay in San Francisco, the place HackerOne’s HQ relies, they surprisingly determined to not transfer their improvement group throughout the pond. Actually, over 50% of their engineering and product design group are nonetheless primarily based in Groningen at this time.

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The query is, does it really make sense to maintain half of your dev group in one other time zone and is that this a technique different founders ought to really think about? And why Groningen? With a worldwide tech powerhouse like Amsterdam just some hours away, why hold the group on this Northern Dutch metropolis?

Comply with-the-sun mannequin

The story of HackerOne’s founders is the everyday tech fairytale come true. Abma and Prins grew up throughout the road from one another in a small city within the North of the Netherlands and spent their time taking part in video video games, constructing web sites, and, after all, pulling the occasional prank hack.

They went to Hanze College of Utilized Sciences in Groningen collectively, the place they recognized a significant information leak within the establishment’s system. Realizing this might be a profitable enterprise enterprise, they began a consultancy agency and constructed a small group of like-minded moral hackers.

After gaining the eye of Silicon Valley’s greatest names, they realized it was time to unfold their wings overseas.

HackerOne's Groningen office