How One Small Idea Became Malwarebytes

Summary

Inspiring to hear how Marcin Kleczynski took a simple problem (how to get rid of malware on his family computer) and turn it into a business with 750 employees and 60,000 enterprise customers.

Like with most successful founder stories I listen to, they solve a clearly defined problem.

3 lessons…

  • Steal ideas. Don’t reinvent the wheel. It’s likely your problems have already been solved by someone else.
  • Don’t compete head on with the big players in your market – look for the gaps that they are missing or “augment” their services with your solution.
  • Build a team of people around you who share your vision. And learn to delegate decision making. If you don’t, your time will quickly get consumed.

Marcin Kleczynski is a Polish-born immigrant who moved to the US at age of 3 and grew up in the Chicago suburbs. As a kid, he spent much of his time on forums and in chat rooms during the early days of the world wide web.

Due to his families financial situation, he couldn't afford to buy computer games, so he downloaded them from the internet and one fateful time his family's computer became infected with Malware. Frustrated that his computer's anti-malware didn't prevent the infection, he took to seeking help from security message boards to troubleshoot and remove the malware by hand.

While developing his own tiny solution to his problem, he realized other people could use it too, and so he founded Malwarebytes.

In early 2008, his company's first product was released. What began in his suburban home is now an international company with a 750 employees, is used by more than 60,000 businesses and millions of people worldwide.

Now, let's hack...

Marcin Kleczynski.