Vice Chairman, Co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer
Frederic Kerrest is the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of Okta. He served as Okta’s Chief Operating Officer during his tenure where he was responsible for Okta's day-to-day operations and worked with employees, partners, and customers to deliver on the company's vision of freeing everyone to safely use any technology. As a key member of management, Frederic helped set corporate priorities to drive success for the company and its customers. He oversaw corporate strategy, corporate development, strategic partnerships, and Okta’s social impact arm, Okta for Good.
Prior to Okta, Frederic worked in sales and business development at Salesforce.com, and in venture capital at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
Frederic is the author of Zero to IPO, a WSJ Bestseller guidebook to building startups based on his own experiences and those of some of the world’s most successful and recognizable entrepreneurs. The book was an outgrowth of his award-winning podcast of the same name, which features Silicon Valley founders, investors, and entrepreneurs sharing insights from their experiences building businesses. He advises early-stage software companies and serves as a Member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Sloan School of Management.
Frederic earned a B.S. in computer science from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was the 2008 MIT Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. Entrepreneurship Award recipient.
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