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

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

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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***** *** * **-******** had ** ********** ******** IoT ******* ** ******* an ********** ***** ************, it ***** ** ********* how **** ***** ** building * ******* **** Verkada.

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*** ****** ****** *********. ******* ******* ** video ************ **** ********* did ** * **-******* of ****** (************-***** ***** networking ******* **** ** a ******* ******** ***** force).****** *** **** ** Cisco** **** *** $*.* billion,********* **** ****** ** 2015*** *** **** **** he ******* / **-******* Verkada **** *** * ex-CourseRank *********.

**** ********* ** ******** the ****** ***** ** Verkada ** ********* **** Robertson ******* *********, ** length, ****** **** ************:

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

** ********** *** ****** more ********** **** *******'* aggressive ***** ******* **** Verkada's ***** ***** ****,**** *****. **** ********* ***** Ryan *****, ***** ***** worked ***** ********* ** Meraki:

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***** *** *** *** tone **** *** *********,******* *** *********** '*********',****** ****** ** '**** get ****** **', '** ********** **** ***** sales *******', ******* **** are ***** ** '**** a *** ** *****', ***.

***** ***** **** **** been ** ** *****, according ** ******** ******* sources, ****** *** ****** a ************ **** * Verkada *********** ***** ********, which ****** *** ******* to ***** *** ** run ********** ***** ****.

*****, **** ********, **, started *** ******** ****** focus********* ********** ** **** presentation.

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

******* **** ************ **** IPVM **** ********* ** firmly ** ****** ** Verkada **** *** ******* Robertson "*** **** ***" who "***** *** *** decisions":

***** ***** ** ** the ********* *****, *** Hans ** *** **** CEO. ** ***** *** the *********.

******* **** "**** ********* runs **********", ******* ******* "a ************" **** ***** 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]

******* ****** **** ********* by ******* ******:

**'* * **** ***, frat ***** **** ** mentality. **** ***** ***** of **** ******* ** hire ******* ***********. **** was ****. *****'* ** real ********* ** *** top. ** **** *********** on *** **** ** things. **** **** ** things ** *** ** it *****. ******** **** no ********** ******** ******. It's **** **********.

******* ****** *************'* **** ************ ** ****'***** ** ***** **** privacy *** ********:

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

*** ************** ** ***** was ** ***** ***** '***************' ********, ** * ****** explained:

**** **** ***** ** bury **. *********, ** wishes ** ****'* ****** but **'* *** ***** fire **** ** ****** are *** **** ****. I ******** ***** ** doesn't ***** **'* * big ****. ** *****'* understand *** ****** *** so *** ***** **.

****, ******* ********* ** the ****** ****** *** pandemic *** ********* ** Robertson **** *** ****** telling ** **** ********* said "* *** ******* if * ***'* *** people ** *** ****** working" ****** **** ********* "insists ** ****** ****** working ** **** **** from **** ** ***** they ***'* *** **** done".

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

*** "*** *******', ***** drinking, ******* **** ***, sexual **********, ***. ** not ********** **** *** listens ** ********* ******** his *** '******' *** building * ***** ************, featuring '****** **** *** football ****' **** ** learned ***** ******* ** EMC, ** ** ******** below:

*** ********, *** *********, is ** '**** * lot ** *****' *** 'make *** ******* ****** fun *** *****":

**** ****** **** *** recruiting ******* ***** ********* literally ******** ** ** 'fraternity ****', '******** **** best ****' **** ** open *** *** *** that *** ************ **********:

******* *** *** ******** Happy **** ********** ****** including*** ***** **** ***** in ************* ***** ******* *** last **** ** *** start ** *** ********.

*********'* *****-********** ******** ** consistent **** *** ******* towards ******* ** ********* so **** **** ***'* need ** ** '******* about **********' **** ***** SaaS **********:

******, ********* ****** **** a ******* ****** ******** that **** ****** *** Verkada, ********* *** *********** trapped, ******* "*** **** literally ****** *** ******** to **** ******* ** like ***'** *** ****** it ****":

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

***** ******* ** *** attempting ** ** ****** control, **** ***** **** their ********* ******** ** the ******* ** *******'* plan **** *** *** of *** *******.

*** *******, ******* ******* Bloomberg *** ********* ****:

*** ******** ******** *** not ********* **** **** with *** ***** ******

******* ********* *** ***** revenue ****** ** *** expense ** ******. ***** these ****** **** *********, they **** ******* **** back ** ****, ** Bloomberg ******** ** **** hard ** *******, ****** that ** ** *******, story:

* ***** **** ********* hunt ** **** ******** drunken ********* ****** **** a ****** ***** ** San *********, ***** **** bounced ** *** **********, wrestled **** **** ***** and ***** *** ********. The ***** ******* ****** Verkada's ******** ******* **** to ********, ****** ***** employer *** ******* *** to *** *****'* ****-********** T-shirts. * ****** *********** confirmed *** ******** *** provided ** ******* *******.

******* *** ***** **** a ******* *******'* *** is **** ******* *** fired ***** ***********,******:

********** **** **** **** that ***** ********* **** culture **** **** ********** for * ***** ***.

** *** ********, ** Robertson's *** *****'* *** statements ****, *** ******* is ***** ******** **** the *** **** ** still ****** ** *******.

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

*********, ******* *** *** will ******** ** ******* some ** *** ******** of **** *******. *** challenge **** **** ** that * ******* ******* from ****** '**** *** football ****' *** ****** the "******* ****** *** for ***********" ********** ********* with ********** **** ***, binge ********, ***********, *********, and **************.

*** **** ******* **** has ******* ***** ******** things *** **** ******* the '**********' ******* ****** the ******* ** ** proud **. ******* ** challenged ** ****** *** without *** *****.

**** ******* ** ** accident, ** ** *** outcome ** **** *********'* 'recipe'.

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***'* **** *** **** the ***** *****'* **** too *** **** *** tree? * **** ****'* generally ***** ******* *** children - *** * feel **** ** ******* here ** ****. ****** generally ****** ***** *******, or ***** *** ************.

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******* ********* *** ~*** more ****** ** **** those ************ (*****, ********, and ********) **** ******* employees (**/*** ** **/*,***). This ** * ********** of *******.

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****** *** **** ******** pertaining ** ************.

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** * **** ** hire * ****** *********** trainer, *.*., * *** look *** ******* ******* *** *** been * ***** ** played ** *** ******* or *** *****. ** someone *** ****** ** football, *** * *******'* in ******** *******, ***. might ** * ***** fit.

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* **** *** * real ***** "*************". ** seems **** *** **** majority ** ********* ** Genetec ******* ** * school ******* ** ******, Canada. ** ****** ** that ************ *** *** as ****** ** ******. Could **** ********* **** findings *****?

**** ***** *** ****** add ***** ****** ** your ****** ********. ***** Genetec ********* *** **** likely ** **** **** experience ******* ****** ** Curling. ******** ** ******'* national *****, ***** **** into ****? ** ******??

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****, *** *** **** sure **** ***** **** you **** **** ** champagne ** * **** for *** ******** ** on ****? :)

** * *** ** you ********* *** *** searches *** "****** ** curling ** ****** ** lacrosse ** ******** ** baseball ** ******** ** fraternity"

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* *** *** ***** anything **** ** *** any ****, ********* ** a ****, *** ******* I ** ******** **** you ***** **** **** assumption. ****** **** *** would ******** *********** **** of **** ********* ********* as "********".

* **** ******** ******* to ******* ******* ** what **** *******. * purchased ** **** ********** to ******** ** ********* in *** ******** ********. I *** ********* ***** the ********** **** *** information *** *****/****** ***** be ********. ***** **** this ***** ** ******** my ********, *** *** value ** ** **********.

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****, *** ***** *** a ***** ** ************* in ** ******* ** disprove ** ********, * answered *** ** **** hypotheticals **** ******* ******** that ****** ** ******** analysis *** *******, ** you **** ******** ** say ***** ****?

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****, *** *** **** sure **** ***** **** you **** **** ** champagne ** * **** for *** ******** ** on ****? :)

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*** * *********. ******* is ***** *** **** likely ** **** *** and *** ** **** than *******.

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**** ** ******* **** confusing... *** *** **** to ** ****** * connection **** ****** *** played ****** ***** **** have * ****** ******* to ******, ** **** would **** ** **** to **** ** **** sort ** ****** ******* field??

* ** *** **** what *** ******** ****** with *** ********. *** did *** ****** **** question * ***** ***.

** ** *******, * believe **** ****** *** have ****** ****** **** great *********, *** ********* in *** ********. ***** are **** ******** **** lessons ******* **** ***** on ****** **** ********* to *******, ********* **************, dedication, **********, ******* ******* skills, ***.

* ** *** ***** on *** *** *** continually ****** ** **** this ** * *** thing.

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** **** ** **** so *** ***** ****** in ******* ***** ************ on **** ** ********. LI ** ********* ******** highlighting *** ***** ****** so ** ***** *** the ****** *** **** then *** **** * higher ***** ** ** than ******* **** *** chooses *** ** **** but *** ********.

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** ** *******, * believe **** ****** *** have ****** ****** **** great *********, *** ********* in *** ********.

***** *** ********* ******:

- **** ******* * (Verkada) **** **** ******** than ******* * (*******)?

- **** ****** **** athletes **** *** * better ******** ******** *******?

*** ***** *** ** a ****** ** **** and *** ******** ******** (even ***** *** ***** me ** **** **) returns **** ******* *** way **** ****** ******** and ********** ******** **** Genetec.

*** ****** ***, * agree **** ***, ** a ****** ** *******.

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*** *********** **** *******'* employees *** ** ***** more ****** ** ******* sports/fraternities ** ***** ******** is ** *********** **** that *** ********* *********.

*** **** ** *********** sidebar *** *** *********** to ****** **** ********** over **. *****

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*********.. ** ** *** big ****** *** ** talks "****" * *****, teen, ********** ** ********! How **** ***** **** he *** "****". **** up *** **** ************* and **************.

**** *** **** **** the **** **** ****** like * **** **** saying ****, * **** right!

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

******* ***** **, * hope, * ******* ******* spin ** *** ********** regarding *******'* *******, *** any ************** *******. ** is ******* **** ** consulting *** ******** ******** into ********** **** ********** firms - *** ***** are **** ** "** stack" *** ***'* **** an "***** *****" ****** an ************** *****. *** Vision ***** ** ** term *** *** ******* and ************* "*****" ********* of ******* ***** ** achieve ***** ****** ** excellence (*****).

*** ***** *********** *** these ***** ** ********* is ****** **********. *******, detailed ***** *** *** these "**** ** ********" working ******** ** * Vision ***** ** ****** "how **** ***** ******** works" (*******) *** *** leaders ****** ** ***** and ********** * ******* which ***, * *****, quite ********.

******** - ******** ********, like *******, ***********, *** physics, ***** ******* *** foundational ***** ** * company's ********** (*******, **********, etc...) (********)

******- "***** *********" ********* building *** *******, ******** models, ************ ********* (*****, finance, *********, ********** ***...) (Roochnik, *****)

*****- "******* ************" ********* and ******-***** (*** ******), instinctual, ****-******** (******** * "deal" ** *** ***** moment ** *** *** a ********** *** ***** on * ********) (******** & *******, ****, ***** C. *****)

*********- "********* ******" ********* and ******-***** (*** ******), reflective, ******** ****** ********* practical ********* "*** ****, who *****?" "*** *** power?" "**** ** **** all ***?" (**. ** we ****** *** ***** teams **** % ** keep ************ ** ***** for **** ******* *****?) (Flyvbjerg)

*****- **********, * "****" and ********** ***** ******* and ****** ** ******** and ************** ********. *** paradoxical *** *********** ****** of ***** ** **** it ** ***** "**********" - ***** **** ****** within ************* *** *********** who *********** ***** *** it. (******, ********)

** *** ******* ** Verkada, *** ******* ***** method ** ********* (******). The ********* *******, ****-********, and ************* ***** *********** (metis) ** *********.

*** **** ** ** ethical ********** (*********) ** balance ***** ********** ****** organizations *** ******* ** the ****** ** ******* (ex. ****) - ******* organizations ****** ******* * solid ********** (*****) ******* it.

** *********, *******'* ******** is * ******* ***** for *****-**** ********, ***** driven *** ********* **** firms *** ******** ****** up ** * (*******>******>*****) model *** *********, ** unable, ** ****** * full "*****" *** ****-**** Vision ***** ** **********:

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****** *****? ***. **** done.

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