Posts by Alex Salazar

Stormpath Joins Forces With Okta

Stormpath was founded with a mission: to build an authentication and user management service that developers love and trust. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re doubling down on that mission by joining forces with Okta. As the first developer-focused Identity API, when we started the company in 2011 there were still a lot of …

Stormpath Raises $15M Series B Financing

When we first started Stormpath, most people rejected our product vision: “I would never outsource my user data and functionality – the most important part of my application – to a third-party service.” In 2011, the objections to a Customer Identity API were many, and they were valid. Cloud adoption was nascent. API services were …

9 Ways to Build a Great Engineering Culture

If you want to have a successful technology startup, you need more than just a great company culture, you specifically need a great engineering culture. A great culture gives you a tremendous advantage in recruiting top people, retaining those people, and subtly guiding their behavior to drive the business. Contrary to the hype, culture is …

SSO Vs. Centralized Authentication

Single Sign-On (SSO) has become an over-loaded term for many developers. It’s used, sometimes inaccurately, to refer to any tool that simplifies login for the end-user. But SSO has a very specific technical definition, and the confusion increasingly makes it difficult for developers to find the right tool for the job. In most cases, what …

Cryptography 101

Cryptography is an important part of almost every web or mobile application and yet most developers feel that they don’t understand it or worse, are doing it wrong. Yes, the field of cryptography is dominated by uber-smart mathematicians, researchers, and PhDs galore but thanks to the hard work of those people, we have great tools …

Sales for Hackers

Just like everyone should learn to program, everyone should learn to sell. I started my career as a software developer but through some odd twists and turns I one day found myself in enterprise sales, wearing a suit, and carrying quota. It was a big transition and I freaking loved it. Soon I built a …

So Long Scrum, Hello Kanban

Last year, Stormpath made the big shift from Scrum to Kanban. While we love Agile principles, the Scrum process wasn’t working for us. Kanban made our team more efficient, happier, and increased our focus on quality software. More importantly, it has become a core part of our company culture, and is now used by non-technical …

Best. Docs. Ever. 6 Tips to Writing Documentation

“Ink is better than the best memory.” –Chinese Proverb Documenting your software can be incredibly taxing. How much documentation is enough? How should it be organized? Where do you put it? The only thing worse than no docs is an overflow of the stuff. Users need to know how to interact with your code without …

Long Live The Password

Last year Microsoft Research posted a great paper[1] on passwords in an attempt to answer the question, “After 40 years of security research, why is the password still dominant?” Surprisingly, most security people haven’t read it. Not hard to guess why—it’s a dense 15-page academic paper titled “The Quest to Replace Passwords: A Framework for …

Stormpath Rising

Today we announced $8.2M in Series A financing.  It’s a big achievement for our team and a huge commitment to our vision and customers.  Most importantly, it’s fuel: fuel to recruit the best people, fuel to build a revolutionary security product, and fuel to empower thousands of developers with the Stormpath API. What Is Stormpath? …