14 years of growth: the 1Password story

Two guys in a garage

It’s been over 14 years since Roustem and I founded 1Password. Or 1Passwd for those who’ve been with us for a while. 🤗

Happy Founders Coding. Yours truly is on the left and the illustrious Roustem Karimov is on the right.
Happy Founders Coding. Yours truly is on the left and the illustrious Roustem Karimov is on the right.

Growing our team

There are few things constant in life but over the last 14 years there have been three things at 1Password that have never wavered: security, privacy, and growth.

Our executive team, a.k.a. the Gang of Four. From left to right: Dave Teare, Jeff Shiner, Roustem Karimov, and Sara Teare.
Our executive team, a.k.a. the Gang of Four. From left to right: Dave Teare, Jeff Shiner, Roustem Karimov, and Sara Teare.

Growth: 2X, 4X, 8X. 🚀

When Jeff joined as CEO in 2012 he knew we had to grow to allow us to execute our vision. Since then Jeff has doubled our team size to 40, then again to 80, and yet again to 160. As of today there are now 174 people working passionately full-time on 1Password. It’s just mind-blowing.

Our team in early 2019 at our annual cruise. Amazingly that’s not everyone!
Our team in early 2019 at our annual cruise. Amazingly that’s not everyone!

Growth²: repeating the 2X, 4X, 8X playbook. 🚀🚀

We’ve grown a lot over the last 14 years and we could probably figure out how to grow even further by ourselves given enough time and sweat, but it sure would be nice to have folks on the team who have done it before. It could only work if we found the right people with an approach consistent with our vision.

Group hug after sealing the deal in our St. Thomas, Ontario office. From left to right: Dan Levine, Natalia Karimova, Roustem
Group hug after sealing the deal in our St. Thomas, Ontario office. From left to right: Dan Levine, Natalia Karimova, Roustem Karimov, Arun Mathew, Dave Teare, Jeff Shiner, Sara Teare, Rich Wong.

Doubling down on what makes 1Password great

When I shared early drafts of this post with a few people they all thought I needed to add a section here to say something inspirational and forward-looking. A forward aspirational vision to stoke the fire and push us forward.

The next 14 years

As great as the last 14 years have been I believe our best times and fondest memories lay ahead of us.

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Dave Teare

Dave Teare

Life: proud father, husband. Work: founder of AgileBits, author of 1Password. Peaceful warrior.