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Ashar Aziz

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Ashar Aziz is a Pakistani-American entrepreneur, tech giant, and businessman who founded the high-tech company, FireEye, in 2004. FireEye is essentially a virtualization engine which aims to protect its customers’ infrastructure from attacks that may come through the web or email. Since its inception more than a decade ago, Aziz has grown the company exponentially. Today Aziz is among the top recognized experts in the field of Internet and computer security. Over the years, Aziz has served as FireEye’s CEO and has led numerous technical and business strategies for the company. Prior to his work with FireEye, Aziz worked hard to get more than 20 patents in the areas of networking, cryptography, network security, and data center virtualization.

In the early 2000s, Aziz founded Terraspring, a company focused on data center automation and virtualization. In 2002, Terraspring was acquired by Sun Microsystems, at which point Aziz then served as CTO on one of the company’s top programs. Before founding Terraspring, Aziz worked for more than 12 years at Sun Microsystems as an engineer with a focus on networking and network security. Aziz attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an SB In Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of California - Berkeley, where he was the recipient of the UC Regents Fellowship.

Companies and Investments

FireEye Inc (Founder & Vice Chairman), Sun Microsystems, Inc. (N1 CTO & Engineer), Terraspring (Founder)

Lessons Learned

Whenever possible, be a problem solver. By tackling any issues that may arise head on, you will be setting yourself up for a much better chance of success.

Do a lot of research, more than you even think is necessary.

Surround yourself with people who each have their own skillset and who will help fill in any gaps. Your team will be instrumental in how well you do in the end.

Understand your audience and which platforms will provide you with the best opportunities.

Think about the future and make decisions based on what you think will be most relevant.

Be honest with yourself at all times. This will save you a great deal of trouble down the road.

Look for people who are passionate and have a desire to make a difference, and not be satisfied with the status quo.

Inspiring Quotes

Ashar Aziz's Quotes

You need courage, because when things go wrong, not only will you need to look at the mirror and motivate yourself, you’re going to go out there and have to motivate your employees too.

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Before you even have an idea, think about how you construct it, and construct it backwards from the problem.

Ashar Aziz

Talent - and high-quality talent, by definition - is rare. You have to go identify them, source them, and then you have to recruit them.

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It’s rare for an individual to have both organizational management skills as well as the technical innovation/inventor skill set, it’s kind of rare to do that and have that.

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