Please walk us through your entrepreneurial journey and background before you started? Any interesting stories?

ShieldSquare founding team has been together for last 6 years building enterprise security products. Prior to starting ShieldSquare, they have together built an enterprise Two Factor Authentication Product – ArrayShield. Team has mix of right passion, experience to solve the biggest problems facing by Internet world today from bots.

About founding team

An alumnus of IIT Bombay- Pavan(CEO) has been associated with multiple silicon valley web,API and mobile startups as Product Manager in his previous stints.

Rakesh (CTO) pursued research in Information Security and has multiple international publications to his name. He was also involved in the network design phase of National Knowledge Network, flagship Initiative of Govt of India. briefly worked with Computer Associates in a Research role.

Vasanth (COO) has started a company before and has around 15 years experience in product development and Technology.

Jyothi (VP-Engineering) had been involved in building multiple security products in companies like Arcot, HP and Verifone. She was part of the team that built 3D-Secure which powers the security of majority of credit card transactions online.

Srikanth, (VP-Technology) caries experience building multiple business applications during his previous stints at ABB, Sony etc.

Tell us little about your product/ platform

Bots are becoming a nightmare for online business. They are estimated to represent around 61.5% of total internet traffic! Competitors and fraudsters engage in automated attacks using bots to steal the content, price information, engage in form spamming and other forms of bot abuse. ShieldSquare helps online businesses differentiate between human and non-human traffic (bots) on websites and mobile applications. With ShieldSquare’s real-time protection, online businesses can protect themselves against web scraping, form spam and various kinds of bot abuses. ShieldSquare’s cloud engine processes billions of Page Views on a monthly basis to unearth malicious bot traffic originating across the globe.

Tell us about your customer traction

ShieldSquare is trusted by leading companies like Axel Springer Group, Purch across 68 countries.

How has been your association with IBM Global Entrepreneur? How important do you think IBM Global Entrepreneur is to help and improve the ecosystem?

Programs like IBM-GEP are much needed for early stage companies to equip them with needed business and technology resources.

We are very happy with the association with IBM-GEP from our early days. They have been helping us on multiple fronts on cloud technologies and business connections.

What’s your take on the IBM Cloud? How is it helping your start-up grow?

ShieldSquare is using IBM softLayer. SoftLayer has greater number of data centers across the globe and provided us the facility to serve customers globally well with steady performance.

Bare-metal servers in IBM softLayer are helpful to us for improving performance as we see 40% reduction in response time to our customers. SoftLayer help desk provides assistance via e-mail, tickets, and phone calls, and it guarantees a 20-minute response time. Tech support helped us in taking decisions in quick time and helping us to have good relations with our customers. SoftLayer is stable and reliable. Management console is very informative and helps us in tracking the details well.

What is your road ahead for your start-up?

We are aggressively expanding our reach across the globe to meet the customer requirements in Ecommerce and Mobile Verticals. We are looking forward to work with strategic partners like IBM to meet our growth requirements.