2020 has been a year marked by mass digital adoption by consumers and resulting in accelerated digital transformations across all industries. Managing load on infrastructure, securing the online experience, reducing user friction and improving conversion rates have all been brought to the forefront of business priorities. It’s more important than ever to understand how to mitigate sophisticated manual fraud without creating additional friction for your customers’ experience. Join Shape Security to tackle the very modern paradox: how do we keep users safe – reducing online fraud and protecting accounts, while increasing digital engagement and online revenue?
Robert (Rob) Strickland – CEO and Founder – M37 Ventures
Strickland founded M37 Ventures, Inc in 2014. M37 is a next-generation Management Consulting & Business Solutions Company that services domestic and international organizations to understand and harness technology to propel their business forward in today’s global IT/mobile economy. M37 provides interim C-level capacity for organizations undergoing significant technology transformations. Rob recently served as Interim CTO for Kymeta Corp (9 months), Interim CEO of Atonomi.io/Centri Technologies (1 year), Interim CTO of Neustar (1 year) and Interim Group CTO Televisa (1 year). In addition to interim positions, Rob is President and COO for Text+, a software-based MVNO platform with >3M subscribers with >100M downloads. Additionally, Strickland currently provides services to several international companies and several large US-based brands. Clients include Huber+Suhner
(Switzerland), Vapor.io, SINC USA, NTT Data Systems (México), Televisa, Grupo Carso/HITSS (México), CSG International, TruConnect, Hortonworks, SAP, Neustar, Sumo Logic, CR-X (Australia), CallGate (S. Korea), WeDo Technologies (Portugal), Tata Consultancy Services, IV.ai, Afiniti, Convene, Lightspeed, Drake Star, Searchlight Capital, among others.
Rob was Chief Technical Officer of Leap Wireless/Cricket, until its sale to AT&T in March 2014. At the 6th largest wireless carrier, Rob led all Information Technology, Engineering and Operations (CDMA and LTE networks), and Product Realization. In the satellite market, Strickland served as CIO for Echostar/Dish Network and Interim Group CTO for Televisa, including izzi and SKY properties. Strickland also provided PrimeStar’s BSS through Continental Cablevision’s IT department. In the wireless market, Strickland served as CIO for T-Mobile, interim COO for TruConnect and an advisory role for GenMobile, in addition to his CTO role at Leap Wireless. Strickland is a board director at Text+, Atonomi.io, Centri Technologies, and of OCEARCH. In 2017, Rob joined Rady Childrens Hospital Board of Trustees IT Task force. He serves on several Advisory Boards: Boston Red Sox, B2B Soft, Afiniti, SAP – Independent Executive Advisory Board, Canaan Partners and WeFi. He previously served as Board Advisor to the Sundance Institute. Early in Rob’s career he was CIO at Continental Cablevision and CTO for Landmark Communications
(Weather Channel). He worked at Apple, Harvard Business School, Stratus Computers and Honeywell International. Post sale of Continental to US West, Strickland led several VC backed start-ups. Strickland is a 1984 Mathematics graduate from Brandeis University. He resides in the Austin, Texas area with his family and horses.
Shape Security, based in Santa Clara, CA, invented the world’s first botwall in 2011. Today, Shape defends the world’s largest enterprises from all types of fraud against their online applications, including more than half of all online banking in North America. Shape’s fraud prevention platform detects and blocks up to 2 billion fraudulent or unwanted transactions daily, while keeping 200 million legitimate human logins and other interactions safe. Shape provides omnichannel protection for web applications, mobile applications and API interfaces; the company’s mobile SDK is deployed on more than 200 million iOS and Android devices worldwide. The company has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, as a CB Insights AI 100 company, and in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™as fastest-growing company in Silicon Valley and the third-fastest growing company in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.shapesecurity.com.