Software Executive Craig Weissman is joining identity management startup Okta as its chief architect to help the $15 billion security company through its next phase of expansion. He was previously the CTO of Salesforce where he helped establish the cloud software giant’s developer platform allowing integration with outside apps. Okta CEO, Todd McKinnon suggested that Weissman’s expertise is the key to the company’s plan to make its product a security and identity management platform that can work with any type of workplace app. "To me platforms are all about flexibility and robustness and scale, and Okta has plenty of that now, but I think a lot of promise ahead is handling ever more partners and ever more larger companies and more interesting use cases," Weismann told Business Insider.
Okta has announced their new hiring of former Salesforce CTO Craig Weissman joining Jon Todd and Karl McGuiness in the role. He has been in the industry for around 25 years with a specialty of helping young companies take off the ground.
Most recently, Weissman was chief technology officer and founder of the hotel management app startup Duetto. Before that, Weissman was instrumental in helping to build Salesforce into the behemoth it is today. He joined a pre-IPO Salesforce in 2002, and rose to prominence by leading an effort turn its software into a platform by making it possible to connect it with outside applications. In a funny historical footnote, Weissman worked with Okta CEO Todd McKinnon at Salesforce, in the days before Okta was started.