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The brainchild of a couple of Prague researchers working in a Soviet-era lab, Avast grew methodically and with little fanfare, surviving political and technological upheaval to become one of the most recognized names in endpoint cybersecurity for consumers and small businesses. With the IPO behind it and cybersecurity a hotter market than ever, the pride of Eastern European entrepreneurs now seems poised for an explosive decade. The company built this HQ and moved into it in early
How Prague’s Avast went from Soviet-era security project to $4.5 billion IPO
The brainchild of a couple of Prague researchers working in a Soviet-era lab, Avast grew methodically and with little fanfare, surviving political and technological upheaval to become one of the most recognized names in endpoint cybersecurity for consumers and small businesses.
With the IPO behind it and cybersecurity a hotter market than ever, the pride of Eastern European entrepreneurs now seems poised for an explosive decade. The company built this HQ and moved into it in early In terms of physical form and ambiance, it could be dropped into the heart of Silicon Valley and it would fit right in.
The building is , square feet, and Avast occupies seven floors. With wide work spaces and staircases, the interior is designed to spark chance encounters, random conversations, and, hopefully, an energetic and innovative culture. Avast headquarters in Prague. Image Credit: And had history not overtaken them, that might have been that. Alwil became a joint partnership that produced an antivirus program for Windows 95, bringing it global sales and attention. But while Avast drew high marks for its technical quality, the business was troubled.
With no money for marketing, it had to rely mostly on word of mouth to sell its software, which was loaded on disks. The founders decided to try a new approach as they fended off buyout offers. In , they switched to a freemium model. The basic antivirus software became free, and users could pay for certain premium features. The user base exploded, growing from 1 million in to 20 million in The business side was now stable, if not hugely profitable.
But acquisition offers continued to roll in, particularly after , when the Czech Republic joined the European Union. Determined to remain independent, the cofounders made another big change.
They hired Steckler, a former Symantec executive who had been in cybersecurity for over a decade, to take on the CEO role in But it was still not widely know, and there was not a clear path to monetization. Avast Big changes, big appetite Steckler launched a number of changes to turbocharge the business. He also pumped resources into sales, marketing, and public relations — which had a total of one employee when he first joined. Within four years, Avast had million users and had grown to employees.
By now, of course, the first wave of the internet bubble was long gone, and the world had moved from selling software on disks to downloads, thanks to the growing adoption of broadband. That gave Avast an even more efficient way to distribute its antivirus product for Mac and PC desktop computers. At the same time, consumer vulnerability was growing exponentially as the number of viruses and malware incidents soared.
AVG had a similar freemium model, plus a relationship with Microsoft, and its own large user base. In announcing the deal at the time, Steckler said the combined companies would have million endpoints and a larger geographical reach, allowing Avast to feed even more data into the threat detection network it used to constantly update its products.
Any device running Avast software is constantly looking for malicious files, and anything suspicious is funneled into that network for analysis. If a problem is detected, updates are pushed out to protect users. Innovation and IoT blues The combined companies have been on a tear. But [we have been] interested in being independent. And being listed on an exchange helps engineer trust.
Avast goes public. Steckler said this is part of a long-term vision pushed by the blurring lines between different platforms, such as desktop, mobile gadgets, and connected objects. Those distinctions disappear when you move to a smartphone.
So you have to be protected at the network level. The company now has a total of 1, employees, including in Prague and in Brno, where AVG was based.
This is just a fascinating location to be operating from.
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Products[ edit ] Avast programs are only available to internet-connected devices, and are available in 45 languages. The Avast product range includes the following: This product’s features include antivirus, WiFi security scanner and a password manager. Requires 1-year registration and includes advertisements for other Avast products.
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