Marten Mickos turns up at the helm of bug bounty platform HackerOne

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Marten Mickos, of MySQL and Eucalyptus fame, has landed in a new role, this time at the head of a company called HackerOne.


Marten Mickos | Source: HackerOne

Mickos joined HP late last year when the company bought Eucalyptus but surely nobody who'd heard of Mickos expected him to stay there long. He's better known for heading up emerging technologies, sometimes taking them to wide adoption, as he did with MySQL.

While HackerOne isn't exactly a household name, the company already has garnered some notable successes, as Mickos pointed out in a blog post about his new position.

HackerOne offers companies a system for running bug bounty programs. Adobe, Twitter, Dropbox, Airbnb, Yahoo and Square use HackerOne, Mickos wrote. Salesforce's Marc Benoiff and Drew Houston of Dropbox are investors in the company.

"By incentivizing report submissions, organizations can find the most threatening vulnerabilities with help from an army of highly skilled and motivated hackers," he wrote.

Mickos didn't touch on some of the more complicated issues around bug bounty programs. While such programs represent very cost effective ways for companies to issue clean code, they don't always work out well for the developers who find the bugs. Bug hunters have learned that looking for bugs can take a lot of time and often results in very little payoff.

While Mickos turned MySQL into a widely used technology, he didn't have quite the same impact at Eucalyptus. The concept was one that would seem valuable – offering companies a private cloud system that's compatible with Amazon Web Services – but it never really took off. 

For more:
- read Mickos's blog post

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