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DTA Exclusive Interview Series: Five for Five With the CEO and Co-Founder of Horangi
June 11, 2021 News


The CxO Five for Five is Disruptive Tech Asean’s (DTA) exclusive interview series where we ask Chief Executives around the ASEAN region to answer rapid-fire questions on everything technology-related.

This week, we interview Paul Hadjy, CEO and Co-founder of Horangi. Paul leads a team of cybersecurity specialists who create software that solves challenging cybersecurity problems, bringing world-class, cyber solutions to the Asian market. The company provides clients with correct, actionable data to make critical cyber decisions.

Paul has over a decade of experience and expertise in anti-money laundering, insider threat, cybersecurity, and government and commercial banking. Prior to Horangi, Paul worked at Palantir Technologies where he was instrumental in expanding Palantir’s footprint in the Asia Pacific region. Here are his takes on our questions:

(Crystal Ball) – Top technology that you think will transform your business in the coming years?

It’s the cloud. I think generally for any business, the cloud and the rapid development of the capabilities that are becoming even more available in the cloud is something that is only going to increase, especially as more companies are being built around solving businesses problem in the cloud. I mean from Horangi’s perspective, we’re almost completely SaaS and cloud, outside of the laptops that employees use which I think from a cost perspective, from an efficiency perspective and of course being able to adapt to a situation we are facing now. That is really kind of the future of work and also the future of how we’re going to solve larger problems, any business problems. So, I think the more companies are kind of investing in the cloud, the better they’ll be positioned for the long term. Fortunately, we’re lucky enough to start in 2016 when it only made sense to start in that manner. So, we’re kind of a bit ahead of the curve. But yeah, like guys in the cloud continues to develop and make more workflows for an organisation possible and integrating those workflows across the cloud and SaaS infrastructure. I believe that’s going to be the biggest determining factor for us going forward.

(Out to Pasture) – Technology that you think will phase out of your business?

I think one thing that’s going to phase out and it’s kind of already happening is like as new businesses start, they will no longer use on-premises bare metal hardware to build their businesses around. Like starting a company in a modern-day age, as you continue to grow your company, it doesn’t make sense to sort of host your own infrastructure unless you’re a very, very large business or in a specific subset. I think the cloud over the next 3 to 5 years would probably take over on-premises infrastructure, which is already on track to do that, growing significantly faster than the traditional sort of bare metal infra requirements. And I don’t think that a lot of companies that don’t do that are going to have trouble sort of competing because it just makes sort of growth and supporting larger requirements easier. So I think the cloud is kind of the future where people should be investing in. If they’re not moving now, they should start.

(Chatter Box) – Best collaboration tool?

We use which I think is pretty good. Generally, it’s very good in terms of product management. I think tools like are really important for sort of process internally in an organisation and that’s one of the ones we use. Slack is also another one, I think that’s sort of the newish and quite important in terms of enabling your organisation to communicate well together. Another thing that we kind of notice as well is email. At least internally, it’s not used nearly as much as Slack is, as it kind of takes over fast response and getting things solved quickly.

(Be Safe) – Biggest cybersecurity concern?

There are so many. But I think, it mainly depends on your business. But I would say specifically for companies that are tech-focused or building technology like your cloud infrastructure is where all of your ground tools are being held. So, whether that is AWS, GCP, Alibaba or Azure. Making sure that you have the right security solutions in your organisation to protect your cloud infrastructure is by far the most important thing that companies are facing. I’m not sure all of them recognise it yet as well so it’s something that I believe more companies should be focusing on sort of securing their cloud infra and I think for a modern company that’s the biggest threat.

(When I Grow Up) – If you hadn’t gone into tech, what would you do instead?

Probably real-estate. I’ve always been in college, I was investing and buying properties and flipping them. So, I think I’d probably have continued that had I not kind of got a job at Palantir back in the day.