E881: Helm CEO & Co-founder Giri Sreenivas built a personal server to safeguard your online data in this era of runaway surveillance; insights on hacking, Snowden, the unceasing exploitation of information by government, advertisers & big tech, & a $4m raise led by Initialized Capital to protect us at this privacy tipping point

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Helm CEO & Co-founder Giri Sreenivas built a personal server to safeguard your online data in this era of runaway surveillance; insights on hacking, Snowden, the unceasing exploitation of information by government, advertisers & big tech, & a $4m raise led by Initialized Capital to protect us at this privacy tipping point

Show notes:

0:47 – Jason introduces Helm Secure and Giridhar Sreenivas

2:40 – Giridhar talks about how and why they started Helm Secure, and what percentage of Americans have experienced an online breach

7:23 – Look, price, storage and service of the hardware product

11:24 – Jason thanks sponsor Skillshare. Visit skillshare.com/twist and get two months for just $0.99!

13:35 – How Helm got funded by Garry Tan

16:02 – Are cryptography services hackable by quantum computing, what are the weak spots in security, and SIM hijacking

19:48 – Setting up a Helm device

22:47 – Jason thanks sponsor Vettery. Visit vettery.com/twist to download a free comprehensive salary report to help you build a better team.

24:52Setting up a Helm device continued

34:39 – Difficulties in running a hardware company

36:28 – Roadmap for Helm, and intelligence agencies showing curiosity in the product

42:00 – Giri on manufacturing partners and trusted routers

44:10 – Jason thanks sponsor Gusto. Get 3 months free when you run your first payroll at gusto.com/twist!

46:25 – Threat of the government building out 5G infrastructure, and tracking + targeting people through Facebook

52:44 – The shift from hacking curiosity in the 90s to targeting users now, and ethics of selling people’s data

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