What does it feel like when all four of the largest cloud providers decide they want to compete with you?
Okta Todd McKinnon says when you are tiny, they ignore you.
When you are bigger, you get a courtesy call first.
In some ways, the tech industry is like a small town, where everyone who's anyone knows each other and, sometimes, schemes behind each others' backs.
Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta and former head of engineering for Salesforce working directly for Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, is one of the people in that "in" crowd. And, as the years have gone by, he's been on the receiving end of much scheming.
The company that he cofounded, Okta, offers a cloud service that manages passwords and logins to other cloud services for corporate employees (known as "single sign on").
Okta had a successful IPO earlier this year and knocked it out of the park with