Five years ago, I moved from Stockholm to Silicon Valley to execute my business plan of working closely with internet thought leaders, scaling my company’s internet security technology and helping create a more secure internet. Some people said that our half page business plan was not serious enough – just a sketch and a dream. But it was our dream, and together with Google’s security engineers, we created a new internet security standard. It’s named U2F (Universal 2nd Factor), and is today supported by Gmail, Dropbox and the UK government. In the near future, it will enable billions of internet users to log in securely to online services, and save billions of dollars lost in online identity fraud.
My journey has taught me that if you are bold, kind and committed, it is likely that great people will come your way to help you and share in your vision. My advice to other entrepreneurs is simple: don’t listen to all advice you hear. Find a real problem that you want to help solve and keep your focus.