ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Palmetto Cyber
This article was originally published at The Clubhou.se
Palmetto Cyber is one of the newest cyber-security businesses to startup in Augusta, and Kenneth Peeples is helping to steer the ship. Read on to learn how they plan to augment the cyber community of Augusta.
What is the business?
PalmettoCyber is a startup with a focus on all levels of Cybersecurity and DevOps training for the Department of Defense, Healthcare, and other verticals.
When and where did you found it?
PalmettoCyber started by myself and Christine Gilson this year at the theClubhou.se.
Where is the business now?
We are still in startup mode and preparing for classes that we will be teaching, including Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) and DevSecOps.
What were you like in school?
My passions have always been soccer and computers. In high school I tried to learn as much about programming as possible and played indoor and outdoor soccer year round. That continued into college with getting a Bachelors and then Masters in Computer Science.
Any extra-curricular activities?
Playing golf, coaching soccer, and enjoying family.
Any significant experiences/skills that influenced your business?
My experience in the Defense and Healthcare sectors influenced the direction I wanted to go in starting a business.
How did you find your co-founders?
Christine and I have known each other for a while with mutual friends. We decided to pursue the startup together.
How did you fund the business?
Currently the funding is coming from our personal funds.
How did you market your business?
We will ramp up marketing efforts later in the year after getting infrastructure and resources in place.
How do you choose who to hire?
Currently, we are focusing on knowledgeable experienced DevOps and Cyber instructors who can work in a part time/1099 capacity.
Who are your main competitors?
The Augusta area is booming with the growth of Fort Gordon and Augusta University. A lot of companies are starting up and coming into the area. I see similar companies as partners instead of competitors.
What have you learned from your competitors?
A successful company focuses on their customers needs and helps fulfill their requirements. A startup company will fail when they try to do too many things initially and only focus on how much money they can pull in.
The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance, by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.
The original Star Wars.
Walt Disney, as he grew the best theme park in the world in the middle of a swamp through faith in his vision.
Best piece of advice?
Never give up as those that have succeeded also failed at some point.
What is next for your business?
Grow future Cybersecurity professionals.
How has working out of theClubhou.se benefitted your company?
theClubhou.se is great for startups. They have helped us network with other companies and individuals, as well as provided us exposure in the area.