The three steps Keaz founder Tim Bos took after realising an employee stole company code

It seemed like a regular visit to his Vietnam-based development office for Keaz co-founder Tim Bos, but after touching down in Ho Chi Minh, the founder quickly realised something was wrong.

Sitting in the car with a member of his team, Bos was shown a local news article featuring the winners of a local pitch competition, and initially thought nothing of it.

“The only thing I recognised was the word ‘car sharing’, so I assumed they were telling me that we had an opportunity to partner with a new Vietnamese company,” the founder told StartupSmart.

However, scrolling further through the article, Bos saw the photo of the team who’d won the prize, and immediately recognised one of his lead Vietnamese software developers hoisting the trophy, someone who he’d worked with and trusted for years.

The team had won the hackathon and pitch comp off the back of a new car-sharing platform they’d pitched, and with Keaz operating as a technology provider for car sharing, car rental and fleet management, the co-founder knew this was no coincidence.

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Dominic Powell - Startup Smart - 19 Oct 2018


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