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Our Enduring Identity: 10 Years of Okta

This email was sent to Okta employees this morning.

Hi Everyone,

This week, we’re celebrating a decade of Okta. Whether you’ve been with us for years or just joined last week, this week is about you. It’s about what you’ve built, and more importantly, what you’re building.

Leading up to the week, we asked what you love about Okta. The most common answer we heard was “the people.” We heard that you’ve met your best friends and even spouses (!) here.  You’ve worked with the smartest people you’ve ever met, and were inspired by and grateful for your colleagues, and the customers you make successful. Nothing makes us prouder. Why build a company? Why spend so much of your life at a job? It has to be about the people.

We also heard some of your favorite memories. Our first big customer wins. Joining forces with companies like Stormpath and ScaleFT. The IPO, and what that milestone meant to you. Our CTO, Hector Aguilar, tearing it up on the dance floor every year at Oktane. Building offices around the globe in London, Paris, Sydney, Toronto, and our new HQ in downtown San Francisco. The growth of Okta for Good, and how important it is to give back to your communities. Shaking every new employee’s hand at All Hands (apologies for any mispronounced names).

What really drives us, is how motivated you are to build Okta’s future. You’re excited by our incredible opportunity, and foresee us having millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees. Freddy and I know that although it seems like we've done so much in 10 years (and we have!) that in truth we are just getting started — and to hear that same thing from all of you gives us so much confidence in our future. And ten years from now when we’re celebrating another decade, we’ll realize that our potential was even bigger than we could have imagined.

We wrote at the IPO: “We are Okta. We take pride in our identity, and the identities we protect. We’re just getting started.” It’s just as true today as it will be 10 years from now.

We are so proud of the work this team has done and to be part of this movement with all of you. Looking forward to celebrating together in 2029.

Todd + Frederic


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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