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Stanimir Markov , CEO of Runecast
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Stanimir Markov , CEO of Runecast

wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement ?

The first time we launched Runecast on the market and the wave of positive reactions and pure excitement we received was simply unforgettable . No matter how brilliant you think the idea is , the true validation of your solution comes once you start getting these first customers .
What first made you think of a career in technology ?
I have been fascinated with technology for as long as I can remember , with software in particular . So I don ’ t even recall taking a decision to start a career there , it just happened naturally . My father was an engineer and inventor and my mother was a mathematics and computer science teacher . So I guess the apple didn ’ t fall too far from the tree .
What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position ?
I run welcome calls with anyone joining the company . And there is one thing I tell every newcomer : ‘ You have an advantage over everyone else who ’ s been in Runecast for some time . You come with a fresh view
on things . Use this advantage and know that nothing is written in stone . If you see things that can be done better or opportunities to create value , speak out . From the very inception of Runecast , we have been continuously growing and evolving . And you are an important part of that ’.
It is important to listen to the people you lead . At the same time , no matter how senior the hire is , it is always necessary to continue to provide guidance and feedback to them , to help them be successful contributing to the goals and direction of the organisation .
What do you think has emerged as the technology trend of 2022 and why ?
Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms ( CNAPPs ) are still emerging , in large part due to the industry needing to consolidate their various security tools into a single integrated platform for heightened security , efficiency and reduced costs . During 2022 the popularity of CNAPP grew much faster than anyone expected . Considering most organisations use a mix of on-premises , cloud and container environments in production , the need for a holistic approach to security and compliance became apparent .
The need for digital sovereignty increased a lot in 2022 , not only due to the geo-specific regulatory compliance
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