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Our Enduring Identity

The following note was sent to Okta employees this morning.

i·den·ti·ty
ˌīˈden(t)ədē/
(noun) 
1. the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.

We’re proud that today is Okta’s first day as a public company. It is a rare and important milestone, and we celebrate the victories and hurdles both big and small that brought us to today.

We celebrate the day Ben Horowitz wrote us a check before a16z even had office furniture. We celebrate the day we signed our first customer (thanks for sticking with us, Xactly). We celebrate that our first cloud area network product never saw the light of day. We celebrate the day we changed our name to Okta (major upgrade from SaaSure). And we celebrate you, the employees who’ve chosen to start and end your days at Okta through every trial and success.

Today is an exciting day, but it doesn’t change our identity: who we are, how we act, or what we believe in. If anything, it is Okta’s identity — we’re people who put our customers first, hold ourselves to the highest standard of integrity, confront hard problems and solve them, believe no one is invincible, religiously wear Hawaiian shirts on Friday (some of us anyway) — that makes us confident in our path forward.

Okta’s identity makes us confident in our ability to answer to the public with honesty and transparency, to grow and scale wisely, to innovate and solve our customers most intractable problems, to create a workplace that supports growth, diversity and meaningful work, and to make technology easier and friendlier for everyone to use. We’re all familiar with the Okta saying “Always On.” That includes today, the day of our IPO, and each day that follows. It speaks to the mission-critical nature of our products, and acknowledges the trust that we must build with our customers every single day.

While the technology landscape and identity industry have changed considerably since 2009, we’re most proud that Okta’s identity hasn’t. Our deepest thank you to everyone who has taken on the challenge of building and owning Okta over the past eight years. To you, our employees, for all that you do, and to your families for the support they provide. To our customers for trusting us, transforming their businesses with us, and being our strongest advocates. To our investors for seeing the future with us.

We are Okta. We take pride in our identity, and the identities we protect. We’re just getting started.

Todd and Frederic

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Todd McKinnon
CEO & Co-Founder

Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta, the leading provider of enterprise identity, which he co-founded in2009 with Frederic Kerrest. Under Todd’s leadership, Okta has transformed the way millions of people access technology and put identity at the forefront of security.

Todd’s experience as a leader and technology visionary spans more than 25 years, with deep roots in enterprise software and cloud transformation. Prior to Okta, he led engineering at Salesforce.com, where he grew the team from 15 people to more than 250, and the service from two million daily transactions to more than 150 million. Todd started his career at PeopleSoft, where he held a number of engineering and leadership roles throughout his 8-year tenure.

Todd earned his bachelor’s degree in management and information systems from Brigham Young University and his master’s in computer science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A Bay Area native, Todd is an advisor to Family House and an advocate for equality and inclusion. He is a husband and father, an exercise addict, and a mountain bike enthusiast.

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Frederic Kerrest
Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Frederic Kerrest is the Executive Vice Chairman, COO, and co-founder of Okta. He’s responsible for our day-to-day operations, working with employees, partners and customers to deliver on the company’s mission of leveraging technology to make companies more productive and secure.

Prior to Okta, Frederic worked at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He also started and built the Latin America sales organization at Salesforce.com. Frederic currently serves as a mentor at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and the Stanford StartX Accelerator program and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Ocean School in Los Angeles, CA.

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