The End of WorkFone

The End of WorkFone

According to Fortune's oft-cited research, nine out of ten startups fail, and now WorkFone is one of them. We entered bankruptcy proceedings today, ending a several months-long struggle to shut down the company...

Mind the Age Gap (BYOD for the Next Generation)

Mind the Age Gap (BYOD for the Next Generation)

A quick glance around any public space will confirm that younger generations have difficulty being separated from their screens. Various online reports show that Millennials check their smartphones up to 150 times per day.  As members of this generation move up the ranks of police services, so do their personal mobile devices. Is your organization prepared to address this behavior?

7 Things to Consider When Implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program for Police

7 Things to Consider When Implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program for Police

“Police officers cannot use their personal mobile devices for work because of the risk of a data breach.” This is a common belief that has stopped many forces from implementing or even considering a BYOD program.

The reality is that our personal smartphones are now so ubiquitous that the likelihood of officers not using them on the job at some point is unrealistic...

One Year of Red Tulip Systems

One Year of Red Tulip Systems

When Josh and I founded Red Tulip Systems a year ago today, we knew that we were embarking on something big. What we didn't consider was that every year the entire country would erupt with our eponymous namesake to remind us of what a great decision we made!

Amsterdam and the Netherlands have been incredible hosts, providing access in so many forms: access to talent, capital, innovation centers like The Hague Security Delta, travel links, and lightning-fast internet - key when developing and testing cloud services and apps, like our WorkFone product. Our adopted home also provides an unbeatable quality of life, positively impacting ourselves and our entire team.

We also discovered an unmatched spirit of social entrepreneurship. In fact, today I had the privilege of sharing my journey with the current class at Delitelabs and helping them prepare for their interim pitch night tonight. The Netherlands exemplifies the idea that quality of life should be measured in more than economic profits - but that economic profits still matter.

So with one year down we can look back and be certain that we're on the right path. Like any other young company we made mistakes, but we've learned and improved. I'm so grateful to everyone who has helped us get to this point - my wife and rock Beste; my co-founder Josh; our employees, advisors, and partners; and the friends and family who believed in us. Thank you so much for helping us get here. We can't wait to show you how much we can do over the next twelve months!

Cutting Corners on Phone Security Jeopardizes Officers’ Identities

Cutting Corners on Phone Security Jeopardizes Officers’ Identities

We all have multiple identities: we are spouses, colleagues, neighbors and friends all at once. These are various roles we play throughout the day and combined they form our unique identities. We instinctively know which role to play depending on the interactions we have with the people around us.

For officers in law enforcement, government or security agencies, correctly managing separate identities is not only a matter of social interaction: it could be the difference between life and death...