Poppy Gustafsson

Co-Founder/CEO, Darktrace

Poppy is a co-founder and CEO of Darktrace, a world-leading AI company for cyber defence, named Europe’s ‘Fastest Growing Super Scale-up’ by Tech Tour in 2018.

Poppy is a qualified chartered accountant and previously served as the company’s CFO. She has prior experience in financial controller positions in the technology and venture capital sectors and was named City A.M.’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. She wishes she had spent more time learning the piano.

Building and Scaling an AI Startup at Warp Speed

Poppy will discuss how Darktrace has grown to become one of the world’s fastest growing cyber AI company. With deep technical expertise at the heart of the business, Poppy will share some of her experiences in helping to shape and scale a successful commercial strategy that has meant the company has grown incredibly quickly. From the outset, the intention was to establish a reputation in a key market, cyber, before applying its AI know-how to other challenges, such as risk or compliance.

Poppy will also discuss how cyber security is an industry in crisis, due to the cyber skills shortage. She will explain how Darktrace is working to fill the gap by hiring bright graduates and training them on the job as well as using AI to do the heavy lifting.