The Technovore: Auburn’s Lyon hacks his way to Internet defender
It never ceases to amaze me how many interesting people call the foothills home.
Artists, war vets, mechanical geniuses, self-made entrepreneurs and many more contribute to the stew that makes this area such a unique and somewhat eclectic community.
I found another one of those exceptional personalities recently. While possibly well known to some in the community, I recently had the pleasure myself to come across Auburnite, Barrett Lyon.
That last name has some fairly deep ties to area, but more importantly, for those in the tech world, he’s what I would consider one of the key players of the Internet age.
He says he’s raised nearly $40 million in venture capital over the course of creating several tech startups, which he builds up, makes successful and then moves on. He told people he would map out the Internet in a day, which he was told couldn’t be done, and it’s now a piece of artwork that hangs in the
I forgot to mention, he’s done all this and battled dyslexia.
At 34 and married with one stepdaughter, Lyon credits his start down his current career path to the school system here in
Unlike most boys in the seventh grade, it wasn’t the gaming side of computers that intrigued him, it was the programming. That interest grew at Placer High where he and his classmates ran a server and started to create hosting sites and message boards.
“Ever since then I’ve been on a conquest for more bandwidth,” he said.
After high school, a security firm in the
But he didn’t stay away long. Thanks to the offer of a beach house in
During his technological adventures
Currently Lyon is on to his seventh company, headquartered in
“The quality of life is better here,” he said. “(In) the Bay Area you can have a similar quality of life, but it will cost you 10 times as much. I had to figure out a way to do it, and the
“There’s a hidden tech community here,” he said. “One of these days I’d like to slow down and see what happens here.”
When it comes to the world of technology
“The Internet protocols we use today are almost 30 years old,”
He sees a lag between countries that have been “plugged in” for a while, and those that have recently joined the digital age. Understanding the technology in developing countries and providing better security practices and education will be key to creating a safer, more secure World Wide Web.
To combat the security problems facing the Internet,
“We can prevent all these bad things from happening,”
It’s a unique time for us digitally as the use of mobile technology and the dependence on the Internet increases for so many. As
So it’s good to know, that right here in