Alen took a plunge into the world of entrepreneurship at age 16 when he designed and sold a block cipher algorithm to a prominent software solutions provider. A year later he launched his first startup, MyriadGalleries, one of the world’s first artist-centric online art marketplaces focused on connecting underserved artists from all over the world with prominent art collectors and galleries.
In 2006, Alen joined IBM where he worked on creating a dynamic support documentation platform serving hundreds of thousands of customers. In 2007, he transitioned to IBM’s Linux Technology Center where he contributed to system enhancements for IBM enterprise servers running RedHat and SuSe Linux distributions. A year later, Alen joined IBM’s AIX OS division where he worked on implementing the OS IPv6 network stack, SSL encryption and OVF (Open Virtualization Format).
In 2010, Alen left IBM to join TippingPoint, a prominent security company that specializes in Intrusion Prevention Systems. At TippingPoint, he was a security researcher focused on web exploit toolkits and automated malware classification systems.
In 2012, Alen founded PwnedList, a startup that focused on protecting customers by alerting them of their risk exposure resulting from 3rd party breached credentials. PwnedList was acquired by InfoArmor in 2013, where he served as VP of Development until 2016.
Alen holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin.