There is a huge job shortage in tech these days, with tens of thousands of available positions going unfilled. Plenty of organizations and partnerships want you (yes you, dear reader) to get in on this tech action. The Cyber Threat Alliance is one starting point for anyone who wants to learn about how fighting online threats demands a high degree of cooperation across industries. Building your own Linux box qualifies as a job skill. Being the one person on a cybersecurity volunteer committee who actually does the work sounds like a success story that predates the cybersecurity field. Lockheed Martin's Cyber Kill Chain is a good reference for anyone in the field. The Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security Canon is a similarly good reading list, and Palo Alto's Unit 42 is good for current threat intelligence. I have no idea whether the Security Roundtable experts actually sit at a round table, but they probably know more about fighting cyber threats than the legendary knights of King Arthur's round table.
The cyber career bonanza is not limited to security. Product managers determine what to build, coordinate across job functions to get the product completed, and then sell it with evangelizing optimism. Product execution requires tradeoffs between time, budget, and functionality; two out of three is typically good enough, given capacity limitations.
Wanna grow your startup? Of course you do. Every execution is a trade-off between time available, budget constraints, and product functionality. Getting two out of those three right is typically good enough. The simple math of "frustration equals expectation minus results" is humbling for every startup launching a product. Startup founders are always a little bit crazy to launch something radically new. They should take the Strong Interest Inventory before founding a startup to figure out if the entrepreneurial path is right for them. Right path or not, product launches confer lifetime transferable skills upon the launchers.
Founders do not need to be lawyers but they must know the law. Know current case law on corporate finance and private equity (check out the Practising Law Institute for case studies). Document everything from day one because VCs will ask to see your paperwork during their due diligence phase. Your corporate structure is your first business decision, so you had better have a standard equity structure with agreed roles and control authorities if you are serious about raising outside capital. Delaware C-corporation law is robust and predictable in the eyes of VC and private equity investors. Assigning all IP to the corporation via a proprietary inventions information and assignment agreement with technical employees will prevent your tech developers from ripping off your ideas.
I said all of this without telling you much about who these people were or what they represented in 2018. I met some of them through VetsinTech (big clue right there). They're still around today in San Francisco and other tech clusters around the country. They are my kind of people. Get to know them, just in case you end up working for them someday.
Author's Note: I am gradually working through a backlog of writing material that I have gathered since 2018. It will take me some time to get caught up to the present day.