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2018 in Review: Bringing Identity Mainstream

Todd McKinnon
CEO & Co-Founder

In 2018, identity became more important than ever before. Innovation raced ahead, but privacy concerns and mistrust in the technology industry also mounted. These shifts raised new questions about how we define our identities, who will own them, and how we can protect them.

Because of this, our mission to securely connect any person to any technology has taken on new importance. We believe identity is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and this year, we’ve continued to focus on developing products, building partnerships, and hosting events that bring us closer to finding a solution together.

The culmination of this work was Oktane18, our annual customer conference. Speaking on-stage with President Barack Obama will always be a personal highlight of mine, but I’m even prouder of the new products and partnerships the team at Okta brought to life at the conference. Here are just a few:

  • We joined forces with VMware to integrate VMware Workspace ONE and the Okta Identity Cloud to allow our customers to easily and securely move to the cloud, adopt best-of-breed technologies and simplify IT management.

  • We teamed up with Workplace by Facebook to give enterprises a simple, secure way to enable modern collaboration for their workers.

  • We released API Products for One App, which makes it easy and affordable for engineering teams to use Okta to power modern authentication for any single website or application.

  • Along with Fuze, OrgWiki, VMware and Zylo, we launched Sign In with Okta, a secure authentication system for app providers and developers that combines the ease of social authentication with the security of enterprise infrastructure.

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That’s not all, though. 2018 was a busy and exciting year at Okta. Here are a few additional highlights:

It was a year full of milestones for us, but we’re just getting started. As the technology landscape continues to change, we’re committed to delivering the most innovative identity solutions so you can focus on fulfilling your unique missions. Our team is more excited than ever to continue our hard work in 2019, and we all thank you — our customers and partners — for your trust in us.

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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