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Simon Taylor, HYCU, Inc. CEO

Providing Easy Ways To Protect Data

HYCU is a multinational company with offices around the world, but much of its European operation is located right here in Belgrade, an important and growing hub

HYCU CEO Simon Taylor announces that Serbia will become an even bigger hub for the company, as a place where HYCU will continue to invest and spend time, money and resources, with the country becoming a crucial part of HYCU’s business.

Is the proof of your orientation towards clients from all over the world best represented by your more than a million satisfied users and hundreds of partners?

I’ve been a long-time supporter and fan of Serbia as a country for many years. I’ve worked very closely with a number of Serbia’s leading business professionals, like Veselin Jevrosimović and Marija Živanović-Smith among others. What I’ve seen in Serbia in particular is a strong culture of entrepreneurship.

A culture that is based on a “can do” attitude that really resonates with the needs of large-scale organisations and companies, not just in the region but globally. I think being able to bring the Serbian culture to the rest of the world is one of the great added benefits of running HYCU. We certainly consider all of our Serbian employees to be of incredible importance.

The other thing I would say is that, when you’re running a multinational company, it is really important that you choose locations that are going to support the ethos and values of your business. One of the things that we’ve certainly found in Serbia is that our core corporate values of authenticity, grit and empathy are very well represented by our employees. It is important that employees are in a work environment where they can bring their own personalities to the work they do. They have grit and a drive to succeed. And they care deeply, both about the work they’re doing and about each other. I know that’s what makes HYCU successful. That’s who we are as a company. And that’s what makes all of us at HYCU proud to be investing in Serbia.

You deal with managing and protecting the data of some of the largest business systems. Could you tell us about what you do exactly and what kind of help do you provide to clients?

HYCU is the world’s fastest growing multi cloud backup as a service company. Simply put, no matter where your data sits, HYCU will back it up and help you recover it in the event that your data is deleted or compromised. When people ask me about HYCU as a company, and why what we do is important, I think all you have to do is think about how much data there is in the world. How much of our lives are dependent on the data that we use, not only at work, but also personally? Today, with the rise of ransomware attacks, the risk of having your data stolen from you, or exploited in other ways, has never been higher. HYCU is truly here to help. We have more than 3,200 customers in 78 countries around the world. With easy to use, SAS software, HYCU provides one of the most effective ways for organisations of all sizes to protect their data successfully.

What is currently occupying you and your colleagues the most?

HYCU has had an explosive series of events in the last 12 months. We’ve raised more than $140 million in venture funding. We’ve hired more than 150 people worldwide. And we’ve added an enormous number of customers across the globe. When we think about the trajectory of our business, we are heading towards an IPO, and in order to get there we need to make sure that we leverage the money we’ve raised – from Acrew Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Cisco Investments and Atlassian Ventures – to scale as efficiently and effectively as possible. That means making the right choices about where we invest, what countries we’re going to invest in, where we build teams, and the work that we’ve asked those teams to do.

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