From Groningen to Silicon Valley


HackerOne is a bounty based platform, where hackers earn money for finding security leaks, for major companies like Salesforce, Dropbox, Benchmark, and the US Department of Defense, to name just a few. The company was founded in 2013 by Jobert Abma and Michiel Prins, who both studied at the Hanze University and moved the company to Silicon Valley a few years back. HackerOne still has an office in Groningen where the majority of development is done.

The successstory

At age 17, Jobert and Michiel started their first company together, an online security consulting agency called Online24. The two met Merijn Terheggen, who was living in Palo Alto and also still had a home in Groningen. They were invited to crash at Merijn’s place to try their luck in Silicon Valley. Jobert and Michiel met with companies like Facebook and Google, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Now, about 5 years later, HackerOne has landed a total of €72 million in investments, 80 employees, a community of more than 100,000 hackers from 80 different countries and $20 million in bounties paid so far. Jobert and Michiel also made it to the Forbes list of 30 under 30 in 2016 the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young changemakers and innovators under the age of 30.

What makes HackerOne awesome?

They make the internet a safer place, by bringing ethical hackers and companies together. HackerOne is a platform or a marketplace, where companies can hire hackers to find bugs, leaks and other nasty stuff. Tech companies offer hackers bounties and HackerOne collects 20%.

Did you know?

When Michiel and Jobert were trying to set up meetings with the big tech companies in Palo Alto, they decided to hack the companies they wanted to meet. They decided to hack Messenger and Gmail and tell them about it, which landed them a meeting. Alex Rice, the Head of Security at Facebook actually invited them over for a bbq at the Facebook office. That same Tim Rice also became one of the HackerOne co-founders and is now the Chief Technology  Officer of the company. HackerOne is all about ethical hacking and making the Internet a safer place. The company organizes live hacking events around the world and has their own hacking academy where anyone can learn to become a hacker. The company also actively promotes projects like coding classes to get more women interested in working in the tech sector.

Are you and HackerOne a match?

  • Work on the best team and take participation in developing of the IT startup.
  • Security is one of the popular and essential topics nowadays, so be a part of it  to help its growth more and more.
  •  You gain knowledge and break cultural barriers. 

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