“How extremely busy executives make time to be great parents”, with Dave Merkel

Authority Magazine
Sep 3, 2019 · 12 min read
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Also, I do make sure they understand they have an obligation — an obligation to strive, to be independent, to make their own way in the world. Thinking about college? Good. Make sure you’re thinking about something that allows you to become an independent adult and a useful member of society.

As a part of my series about “How extremely busy executives make time to be great parents” I had the pleasure to interview Dave Merkel — usually called Merk — who is the co-founder and CEO of Expel, a cybersecurity startup located in the Washington, DC area. He’s been involved in the information security field for nearly 20 years, first as a federal agent pursuing cyber criminals in the era of floppy disks and 2400 baud modems, then as CTO and vice president of products at Mandiant. Following FireEye’s acquisition of Mandiant, Dave served as the global CTO of FireEye. Before that, Dave spent another decade as a security practitioner. He got his start as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, pursuing cyber criminals and conducting digital forensic investigations, and later served as the head of AOL’s technical security organization.


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