Verkada's Unethical Culture Results From Chairman Hans Robertson's Recipe

By John Honovich and Charles Rollet, Published Apr 12, 2021, 11:51am EDT (Info+)

Verkada's unethical culture is a result of Verkada's Executive Chairman Han Robertson's plan, or "recipe" as he calls it. While CEO Filip Kaliszan is the public face of the company, Verkada sources consistently tell IPVM that Hans Robertson has discretely run the company from the beginning.

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Bloomberg's investigation has brought increased scrutiny into Verkada's unethical behavior and "bro" culture, as they called it.

Now, inside this report, we examine Hans Robertson's plan, how he has executed that plan and how it has resulted in ongoing sexual misconduct, hard drug use, the massive breach, secretly viewing customer video, serial false claims, and more.

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******* ********** *** * **-******** **** previously ****** ******** ************, * ******* **** **** ** 2010**** ****** ******* ******** ******** *** plan *******.** *******'* ************, **** **** * ******* ** the ***** ******* ********:

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***** *** * **-******** *** ** experience ******** *** ******* ** ******* an ********** ***** ************, ** ***** be ********* *** **** ***** ** building * ******* **** *******.

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*** ****** ****** *********. ******* ******* ** ***** ************ what ********* *** ** * **-******* of ****** (************-***** ***** ********** ******* sold ** * ******* ******** ***** force).****** *** **** ** ******* **** *** $*.* *******,********* **** ****** ** ******* *** **** **** ** ******* / **-******* ******* **** *** * ex-CourseRank *********.

**** ********* ** ******** *** ****** model ** ******* ** ********* **** Robertson ******* *********, ** ******, ****** **** ************:

Ryan ***** / **** ********* / ******

** ********** *** ****** **** ********** with *******'* ********** ***** ******* **** Verkada's ***** ***** ****,**** *****. **** ********* ***** **** *****, where ***** ****** ***** ********* ** Meraki:

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***** *** *** *** **** **** the *********,******* *** *********** '*********',****** ****** ** '**** *** ****** in', '** ********** **** ***** ***** *******', because **** *** ***** ** '**** a *** ** *****', ***.

***** ***** **** **** **** ** of *****, ********* ** ******** ******* sources, ****** *** ****** * ************ with * ******* *********** ***** ********, which ****** *** ******* ** ***** him ** *** ********** ***** ****.

*****, **** ********, **, ******* *** Danville ****** ************** ********** ** **** ************.

Robertson ** ****** ** *******, ******** *******

******* **** ************ **** **** **** Robertson ** ****** ** ****** ** Verkada **** *** ******* ********* "*** real ***" *** "***** *** *** decisions":

***** ***** ** ** *** ********* stuff, *** **** ** *** **** CEO. ** ***** *** *** *********.

******* **** "**** ********* **** **********", calling ******* "* ************" **** ***** as ****' "******":

Hans ********* **** **********. He runs pretty much every function. None of the rest of the exec team actually runs their own org. They run their own org for show, really they're just doing what Hans is telling them. Kind of like * ************ from that perspective. Filip ** **** ** ****' ******, he has no idea how to run a company. He has never done that, he doesn't really know what he's doing. He does whatever he thinks Hans wants him to do. [emphasis added]

******* ****** **** ********* ** ******* source:

**'* * **** ***, **** ***** type ** *********. **** ***** ***** of **** ******* ** **** ******* salespeople. **** *** ****. *****'* ** real ********* ** *** ***. ** real *********** ** *** **** ** things. **** **** ** ****** ** see ** ** *****. ******** **** no ********** ******** ******. **'* **** aggressive.

******* ****** *************'* **** ************ ** ****'***** ** ***** **** ******* *** security:

* *****[Hans] ******* ** ****'* ********* and that the company would generate money without strict security infrastructure so why spend engineering resources on it [...] To ***, *** ****** ** ******** ******* *** * ********, nothing more [emphasis added]

*** ************** ** ***** *** ** issue ***** '***************' ********, ** * ****** *********:

**** **** ***** ** **** **. Obviously, ** ****** ** ****'* ****** but **'* *** ***** **** **** he ****** *** *** **** ****. I ******** ***** ** *****'* ***** it's * *** ****. ** *****'* understand *** ****** *** ** *** about **.

****, ******* ********* ** *** ****** during *** ******** *** ********* ** Robertson **** *** ****** ******* ** that ********* **** "* *** ******* if * ***'* *** ****** ** the ****** *******" ****** **** ********* "insists ** ****** ****** ******* ** they **** **** **** ** ***** they ***'* *** **** ****".

'Recipe' ** ********* - "***** ********", "**** ** *****", "****** ***"

*** "*** *******', ***** ********, ******* drug ***, ****** **********, ***. ** not ********** **** *** ******* ** Robertson ******** *** *** '******' *** building * ***** ************, ********* '****** half *** ******** ****' **** ** learned ***** ******* ** ***, ** he ******** *****:

*** ********, *** *********, ** ** 'make * *** ** *****' *** 'make *** ******* ****** *** *** sales":

**** ****** **** *** ********** ******* where ********* ********* ******** ** ** 'fraternity ****', '******** **** **** ****' with ** **** *** *** *** that *** ************ **********:

******* *** *** ******** ***** **** recruiting ****** ************ ***** **** ***** ** ************* ***** ******* *** **** **** at *** ***** ** *** ********.

*********'* *****-********** ******** ** ********** **** his ******* ******* ******* ** ********* so **** **** ***'* **** ** be '******* ***** **********' **** ***** SaaS **********:

******, ********* ****** **** * ******* Valley ******** **** **** ****** *** Verkada, ********* *** *********** *******, ******* "you **** ********* ****** *** ******** to **** ******* ** **** ***'** not ****** ** ****":

From *** ****, **** *** ***, *** ** ********

***** ******* ** *** ********** ** do ****** *******, **** ***** **** their ********* ******** ** *** ******* of *******'* **** **** *** *** of *** *******.

*** *******, ******* ******* ********* *** rationale ****:

*** ******** ******** *** *** ********* keep **** **** *** ***** ******

******* ********* *** ***** ******* ****** at *** ******* ** ******. ***** these ****** **** *********, **** **** obvious **** **** ** ****, ** Bloomberg ******** ** **** **** ** believe, ****** **** ** ** *******, story:

* ***** **** ********* **** ** 2019 ******** ******* ********* ****** **** a ****** ***** ** *** *********, where **** ******* ** *** **********, wrestled **** **** ***** *** ***** for ********. *** ***** ******* ****** Verkada's ******** ******* **** ** ********, saying ***** ******** *** ******* *** to *** *****'* ****-********** *-******. * Casper *********** ********* *** ******** *** provided ** ******* *******.

******* *** ***** **** * ******* Partner's *** ** **** ******* *** fired ***** ***********,******:

********** **** **** **** **** ***** promoting **** ******* **** **** ********** for * ***** ***.

** *** ********, ** *********'* *** Young's *** ********** ****, *** ******* is ***** ******** **** *** *** that ** ***** ****** ** *******.

Challenges ** ******** *** *******

*********, ******* *** *** **** ******** to ******* **** ** *** ******** of **** *******. *** ********* **** have ** **** * ******* ******* from ****** '**** *** ******** ****' and ****** *** "******* ****** *** for ***********" ********** ********* **** ********** drug ***, ***** ********, ***********, *********, and **************.

*** **** ******* **** *** ******* these ******** ****** *** **** ******* the '**********' ******* ****** *** ******* is ** ***** **. ******* ** challenged ** ****** *** ******* *** other.

**** ******* ** ** ********, ** is *** ******* ** **** *********'* 'recipe'.

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* **** *** * **** ***** "investigation". ** ***** **** *** **** majority ** ********* ** ******* ******* at * ****** ******* ** ******, Canada. ** ****** ** **** ************ are *** ** ****** ** ******. Could **** ********* **** ******** *****?

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****, *** *** **** **** **** Young **** *** **** **** ** champagne ** * **** *** *** hounding ** ** ****? :)

** * *** ** *** ********* and *** ******** *** "****** ** curling ** ****** ** ******** ** football ** ******** ** ******** ** fraternity"

******* ***, ******* ** ***** ******* Genetec ***** ****** * ***** ** large ** *******.

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******** *** ** ******'* ******** ****** sport*** ******* ********* ******* ** ********, 14 ** *.

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* **** ******** ******* ** ******* further ** **** **** *******. * purchased ** **** ********** ** ******** my ********* ** *** ******** ********. I *** ********* ***** *** ********** that *** *********** *** *****/****** ***** be ********. ***** **** **** ***** me ******** ** ********, *** *** value ** ** **********.

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****, *** *** **** **** **** Young **** *** **** **** ** champagne ** * **** *** *** hounding ** ** ****? :)

*****, *** *****:

**** ***** *** ****** *** ***** sports ** **** ****** ********. ***** Genetec ********* *** **** ****** ** have **** ********** ******* ****** ** Curling. ******** ** ******'* ******** *****, maybe **** **** ****? ** ******??

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**** ** ******* **** *********... *** now **** ** ** ****** * connection **** ****** *** ****** ****** would **** **** * ****** ******* to ******, ** **** ***** **** be **** ** **** ** **** sort ** ****** ******* *****??

* ** *** **** **** *** actually ****** **** *** ********. *** did *** ****** **** ******** * asked ***.

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* ** *** ***** ** *** you *** *********** ****** ** **** this ** * *** *****.

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** **** ** **** ** *** value ****** ** ******* ***** ************ on **** ** ********. ** ** typically ******** ************ *** ***** ****** so ** ***** *** *** ****** you **** **** *** **** * higher ***** ** ** **** ******* else *** ******* *** ** **** but *** ********.

***** *** ***** ******* ******* ************ or ***** *****'* **** **** ******* listing ***** **** ** ***** **?

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** ** *******, * ******* **** people *** **** ****** ****** **** great *********, *** ********* ** *** industry.

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- **** ******* * (*******) **** more ******** **** ******* * (*******)?

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*** *********** **** *******'* ********* *** 14 ***** **** ****** ** ******* sports/fraternities ** ***** ******** ** ** interesting **** **** *** ********* *********.

*** **** ** *********** ******* *** are *********** ** ****** **** ********** over **. *****

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*********.. ** ** *** *** ****** and ** ***** "****" * *****, teen, ********** ** ********! *** **** times **** ** *** "****". **** up *** **** ************* *** **************.

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*** ****** *****

******* ***** **, * ****, * forward ******* **** ** *** ********** regarding *******'* *******, *** *** ************** culture. ** ** ******* **** ** consulting *** ******** ******** **** ********** with ********** ***** - *** ***** are **** ** "** *****" *** don't **** ** "***** *****" ****** an ************** *****. *** ****** ***** is ** **** *** *** ******* and ************* "*****" ********* ** ******* types ** ******* ***** ****** ** excellence (*****).

*** ***** *********** *** ***** ***** of ********* ** ****** **********. *******, detailed ***** *** *** ***** "**** of ********" ******* ******** ** * Vision ***** ** ****** "*** **** place ******** *****" (*******) *** *** leaders ****** ** ***** *** ********** a ******* ***** ***, * *****, quite ********.

******** - ******** ********, **** *******, mathematics, *** *******, ***** ******* *** foundational ***** ** * *******'* ********** (patents, **********, ***...) (********)

******- "***** *********" ********* ******** *** product, ******** ******, ************ ********* (*****, finance, *********, ********** ***...) (********, *****)

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*********- "********* ******" ********* *** ******-***** (not ******), **********, ******** ****** ********* practical ********* "*** ****, *** *****?" "Who *** *****?" "**** ** **** all ***?" (**. ** ** ****** the ***** ***** **** % ** keep ************ ** ***** *** **** funding *****?) (*********)

*****- **********, * "****" *** ********** human ******* *** ****** ** ******** and ************** ********. *** *********** *** fundamental ****** ** ***** ** **** it ** ***** "**********" - ***** only ****** ****** ************* *** *********** who *********** ***** *** **. (******, Roochnik)

** *** ******* ** *******, *** crafted ***** ****** ** ********* (******). The ********* *******, ****-********, *** ************* sales *********** (*****) ** *********.

*** **** ** ** ******* ********** (phronesis) ** ******* ***** ********** ****** organizations *** ******* ** *** ****** of ******* (**. ****) - ******* organizations ****** ******* * ***** ********** (arete) ******* **.

** *********, *******'* ******** ** * typical ***** *** *****-**** ********, ***** driven *** ********* **** ***** *** founders ****** ** ** * (*******>******>*****) model *** *********, ** ******, ** pursue * **** "*****" *** ****-**** Vision ***** ** **********:

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****** *****? ***. **** ****.

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