Helping Entrepreneurs Take Flight

The Kindness Campaign, inspired by Anchore’s core values, focuses on spreading kindness throughout our local communities. With Anchorenauts distributed across the US and UK, our quarterly volunteer program enables and encourages Anchorenauts to connect with local organizations and give back. In addition to direct support for various causes throughout the year, Anchore empowers team members to get involved with eight (8) paid volunteer hours per quarter.

This month, we are excited to partner with Ashley Goldstein from the Santa Barbara based organization, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). WEV, in partnership with Mixteco Indigena Community Organization Project (‘MICOP”), programatically supports aspiring entrepreneurs within the Indigenous and Latinx community in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Budding entrepreneurs hold up their Women’s Economic Ventures certification.

Through the Los Emprendedores Program, Ashley firmly believes in the WEV’s and MICOP’s ability to empower members with the skills they need to launch their own businesses and to effect change in the most marginalized populations.

As part of the Kindness Campaign, Anchore has donated gently used Apple MacBooks to support budding entrepreneurs with the tools needed to kick start their businesses and enable their tremendous entrepreneurship training in the Los Emprendedores Program. In the program, participants develop highly valuable business skills ranging from business planning, grant writing, digital marketing, and key ESG (Environmental, Social, & Governance) practices.

As a tech company, we deeply believe in the responsibility to give back a piece of the industry to our community through widening access to both basic technology, but also business and career opportunities in the technology sector. At Anchore, we feel a great sense of pride in playing a part in contributing to that in our community, and are grateful for the opportunity to support Ashley, WEV, and MICOP.

How You Can Take Action

If your company has gently used computer equipment that is ready to be donated, we encourage you to reach out to WEV, and other organizations doing amazing work in their communities such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America (that have local chapters nationwide) to learn more about the ways you can help.

Be sure to check back next quarter to hear about new activity with Anchore’s Kindness Campaign.

Advancing Software Security with Technical Innovation

As we explore the various roles and responsibilities at Anchore, one of the critical areas is building the roadmap for our enterprise product.  Anchore Enterprise is a continuous security and compliance platform for cloud-native applications. Our technology helps secure the software development process and is in use by enterprises like NVIDIA and eBay as well as government agencies like the U.S. Air Force and Space Force. 

As news of software supply chain breaches continue to make headlines and impact software builds across industries, the team at Anchore works each day to innovate and refine new technology to support secure and compliant software builds. 

With this, Anchore is thrilled to announce an opening for the role of Principal Product Manager. Our Vice President of Product, Neil Levine, weighs in on what he sees as key elements to this role:  

“Product managers are lucky in that we get to work with almost every part of an organization and are able to use both our commercial and technical skills. In larger organizations, a role like this often gets more proscribed and the ability to exercise a variety of functions is limited. Anchore is a great opportunity for any PM who wants to enjoy roaming across a diverse range of projects and teams. In addition to that, you get to work in one of the most important and relevant parts of the cybersecurity market that is addressing literal front-page news.”

Are you passionate about security, cloud infrastructure or open-source markets? Then apply for this role on our job board.

Settling into a Culture of Kindness

Blake Hearn (he/him) joined Anchore in February 2020 as a DevSecOps Engineer on the Customer Success team, marking the start of both Blake’s professional career and entry into DevSecOps.  In this Humans of Anchore profile, we sat down with Blake to talk about learning new skill sets, a culture of kindness, and lessons from leadership.   

Settling into a Culture of KindnessFrom his start at Anchore, Blake has been immersed in a team of kind and supportive people offering him the mentorship, resources, and encouragement needed to be successful.  

“The whole team really helped me learn at a fast rate. They created training materials and testing environments for me to learn, checked in with me frequently, and even recommended some certifications which played a huge role in building a foundational knowledge of DevSecOps.  A year and a half ago I didn’t know anything about Docker, Jenkins or Kubernetes and now I’m using them every day.” 

Blake’s support system reaches far beyond his direct team, extending all the way to the executives and co-founders of the company. 

“I’ve had a really great experience with my managers and the leadership team. Being able to reach out to the CEO or CTO is amazing.  Dan Nurmi (CTO/Co-Founder) has open office hours each week where I can bring my technical questions and feel comfortable doing so. Everyone at Anchore is really collaborative. I can ask anyone a question and they are more than willing to help.” 

In his role, Blake spends most of his day working on the Platform One team at the Department of Defense (DoD) partnering with engineers from companies across the industry to help deliver software solutions faster and more securely across the DoD.

“It’s been a really good opportunity for me to learn from both my Anchore team and my Platform One team. My role requires a lot of custom Helm templating and testing updates on various Kubernetes clusters.  We are putting our minds together to come up with solutions and do groundbreaking work.”

Looking ahead, Blake is eager to continue his learning journey. “I’m excited to continue learning from others and get into new skill sets. Recently, I’ve learned a little bit about the operational side of Machine Learning (ML) and how ML could be used in cybersecurity. Next, I would like to get into penetration testing to help improve the security posture of products and services. I think that would provide a huge benefit to our customers – especially with the supply chain attacks we’ve seen recently in the news.”

In summarizing his time at Anchore, Blake is grateful for the support system he has found: “I didn’t think companies like Anchore existed – where the company’s culture is so kind, everyone is really smart, works well together, and you have direct access to leadership.  No other company I’ve seen compares to Anchore.” 

Interested in turning your dreams into reality? Check out our careers page for our open roles


Developing Passionate and Supportive Leaders

Anchore’s management program is founded on passionate people leaders who are kind, open, and invest in their team’s success.  Finding passionate leaders means opening the door to opportunities for all employees. We empower Anchorenauts to apply for management roles and participate in a cross-functional interview process.     

A few months into Dan Luhring’s (he/him) time at Anchore, a management role opened up in the Engineering organization.  When the Director of Engineering asked if anyone on the team was interested in pursuing the role, Dan immediately raised his hand. 

Developing Passionate and Supportive Leaders“When I interviewed for the manager position with the leadership team, I was glad that I was going through a formal process because it made me realize that Anchore understands how vitally important great managers are to the success of the company.”

Upon joining the Anchore management team, all leaders go through a robust training program where they learn more about different communication and working styles, coaching conversations, and the guiding principle of Anchore’s management philosophy: building trusting relationships.

“I love our manager training series.  I thought the role-playing exercises were really thoughtfully done and have been missing from manager training I’ve done in the past. Between the training sessions, ongoing employee programs, and overall partnership, I feel really supported by our People Operations team in my role.” 

Anchore’s continuous performance model enables our managers to set a strong foundation of trust and clear communication from day one.  Although Dan had already been working with his team before becoming a manager, the Stay Interviews gave Dan even more insight into his new direct reports. 

“I got a ton of value out of the Stay Interviews with my direct reports. It’s really useful to know what motivates people, how they like to receive recognition and feedback, and what their long-term career goals are.  It made me more aware of their professional interests outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. Because I know the motivators of my direct reports, I can assign special projects based on individual interest, even if it’s not something they do in their core role.”  

Reflecting on his opportunity to join the management team, Dan is excited to be part of making Anchore a great place to work and continuing to lead his team based on trust.    

“There are things that Anchore gets right that I find to be really unique. We are thoughtful about who we promote into the management team.  We have great support and autonomy with helpful programs and tools to facilitate trusting relationships, really caring about the people who report to us and wanting to help them achieve their career goals.”

Interested in becoming a team leader like Dan? View Anchore’s current openings here.

A Custom Approach to Software Security Solutions

We’re hiring a Product Marketing Manager! In this week’s Be Yourself, With Us, SVP of Marketing Kim Weins shares the exciting opportunities within the role. 

Product marketing at a startup like Anchore provides a lot of room to leave your stamp, since our product is evolving quickly based on problems our customers need to solve,” said Kim. 

Anchore’s customer base ranges from large enterprises like NVIDIA and eBay to government agencies like the U.S. Space Force and the U.S. Air Force. Being nimble to create custom solutions is critical for our expanding software security products.

“On top of that, we’re in a rapidly growing industry with a solution at the nexus of cloud, containers and security. There’s immense potential for what Anchore can provide for customers and the Product Marketing Manager is going to have a huge impact on how these solutions are communicated to the rest of the industry,” she continued.

Are you passionate about the future of software security and curious about the next innovation that will help secure data and prevent cyberattacks? Then consider joining our marketing team. Visit this link to apply.

Carving a Career Path That Fits

Startups come with many opportunities – the ability to partner directly with leadership, to move quickly with decision making, and to work on a variety of projects across the organization. At Anchore, we have intentionally designed our internal programs to provide employees with equitable opportunities for mentorship and career growth. 

Through our continuous performance model, we built opportunity into the foundation of our company culture. We do this by ensuring every employee (regardless of background, tenure, or level) feels empowered to raise their hand with an idea, question, or express interest in a new project. Anchorenauts have ample opportunity to expand their skills as they work towards short-term and long-term career goals.  

Instead of focusing solely on linear career paths, we give employees the opportunity to pursue other roles or career aspirations.  

Andre Neufville (he/him) joined Anchore in November 2019 on the Customer Success team, with a focus on designing solutions that integrate container security best practices into customer DevSecOps workflows.  “My role was to interface with customers and prospects, help them understand how to operate Anchore in containerized environments and integrate container scanning in their development workflows, but there was also an added sales aspect that I hadn’t done before.”

Client service wasn’t always the focus for Andre.  Prior to Anchore, he worked on systems administration and network security. 

“Early on I developed an interest in understanding the components of a secure enterprise network and used that knowledge to design better security around systems and network architectures. At the same time, cloud adoption grew and companies began developing modernization strategies for enterprise infrastructure. I transitioned to the role of a Cloud Security Architect in which I was able to apply my previous experience to advise customers on how to secure their cloud infrastructure and workloads.

When Anchore’s InfoSecurity and IT team was expanding, Andre expressed interest in the role during a continuous performance discussion and was supported by his manager to pursue the opportunity.  The IT Security Engineer role proved to be the perfect opportunity to combine his past experiences and current interests (as Andre is also in the process of getting his Masters degree in Cybersecurity Technology).  

“In the past, I partnered with and advised customers on architecting solutions without the ownership of seeing it through.  The InfoSec role has given me an opportunity to apply the same principles internally, but rather than just advising how it should be implemented, I get to follow through and look for areas of improvement. The whole end-to-end approach really intrigued me and my general affinity towards security that I’ve had in all my roles. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of our internal IT Security initiatives and look forward to learning and growing in the role.

Supporting employees to pursue alternative career opportunities within our organization is an integral part of Anchore’s culture – truly embodying our core values of kindness, openness, ownership.  For more on our open roles, check out our careers page here.

Behind the Scenes of Startup Team Strategies

Building products in an emerging tech space requires a highly collaborative and creative Engineering team. We sat down with Chief Architect & Director of Engineering Zach Hill (he/him) to understand more about creating an environment of psychological safety and operating with a growth mindset.

“At a high level, psychological safety is about fostering an environment where people feel comfortable saying ‘I don’t know’ – because it’s safe to do so and we’ll figure it out together. We’re a fast-paced startup with high-tech products in a fairly emerging industry, and that means much of what we are working on is developing as we go and we are all learning and growing together.”

Anchore’s values of kindness, openness, and ownership play an integral role in the Engineering team culture. 

“You can see it in our Slack channels. You can see it in the way people on the team interact with one another and with their managers. We have a highly collaborative team that’s open to asking for help and being mentors to one another.  It’s an exciting time to be an Engineer at Anchore.” 

If you are interested in joining Zach’s team and working at a company that values kindness, ownership and openness, we’re hiring across our Engineering organization.

Riding the Wave of Container Security

Robert Prince (he/him) joined Anchore in May 2020 as a Senior Automation/Release Engineer, going back to his roots as an individual contributor after several years in leadership roles. In this Humans of Anchore profile, we sat down with Robert to talk about his transition back to development, having a safe work environment to explore and learn, and riding the wave of container security.

Leadership roles come with a host of responsibilities like budgeting, managing people and their professional development, building and maintaining relationships with strategic partners, and reporting to the board. Though he enjoyed those responsibilities while he held them, Robert wanted to connect with hands-on development again. Thankfully Anchore presented him with the perfect opportunity to do so.

“I feel comfortable putting my head down, doing tactical work, and not having to worry about people managing or strategic decision making. One reason for that is Anchore’s leadership team: it’s obvious that they’re at the top of their game, and to me that is very comforting.

A lot of companies talk about being kind to each other, but it’s more than talk here; kindness is non-negotiable, and that’s one of the things that pulled me in and keeps me here. Coming from environments where that hasn’t always been the case, it’s taken me some time to internalize it. Once I understood that this company provides a kindness-based, trust first culture – I found it freeing. It lets me focus with less distraction.”

Robert is part of the DevOps group, focusing on automation of tools and the release process.

“The container orchestration and security space is hot right now. Software development supply chain is a concept that few outside of infrastructure tech talked much about before. Now people are starting to pay attention. Anchore is at the center of what people actually need right now – it’s really fun to be involved in a company that is riding that wave.

You can almost see the change in infrastructure and tooling happening in real time. It reminds me of the massive change that happened when cloud computing was commoditized: some things got much simpler but when you go beyond “Hello, World” – there’s new layers of complexity. It means that you’re constantly learning while applying what you already know. I don’t have all the answers but I’m with a well rounded team. Sometimes I mentor folks, and sometimes they mentor me. I feel lucky to be part of Anchore.”

How Core Values Can Foster Open Performance Discussions

Kindness, Openness, and Ownership.  These are the core values that Anchore was built on and our team members exhibit every day.  At the core of these values are the underlying themes of trust, empathy, and communication, which are paramount to our continuous performance model.  We designed this model to create manager and employee relationships that enable and empower every employee to feel safe to raise their hand with new ideas and ask for help, creating open two-way communication.

Every other month, employees sit down with their managers for a Top 2 conversation, where they discuss two things that went well and two things that can be focused on in the coming months.  Most importantly, this feedback goes both ways.  Employees have a regular opportunity to share feedback with their manager (wanting more frequent check-ins, interest in stretch projects, etc.) and managers have regular opportunities to coach employees, providing the tools and resources they need to be successful. 

Additionally, every six months managers sit down with their direct reports for a Stay Interview, providing a dedicated time to discuss motivators, communication styles, and long-term career goals. With this understanding, the feedback and opportunities presented can be deliberately aligned with each person’s individual goals and objectives. 

To learn more about how our continuous performance model has given our team members the tools to build a trusting and open relationship, we sat down with Brandon Lee (he/him), Senior Accountant, and his manager Alaina Frye (she/her), Sr. Director, Finance, Accounting and RevOps. 

Brandon has worked at various sized companies, from large financial services firms to small startups, all of which had infrequent and unclear performance models (or none at all). When he joined Anchore, Brandon welcomed the opportunity to participate in a robust and regular performance development program. 

“I think what we have with the Anchore Top 2 discussions and Stay Interviews is pretty awesome and has enabled Alaina and I to have a very open and honest relationship,” said Brandon.  “Because the Top 2 meetings occur so often, it’s easy for us to reflect on what went well in the previous months, as well as help identify some of the processes that we can continue to enhance and refine. The transparency and open dialogue we have in our Stay Interviews is really helpful for my career growth and happiness at Anchore. I enjoy the opportunity to share my short-term and long-term career goals in a very candid way and really appreciate the continuous support in accomplishing my goals.”

Alaina, whose experience also ranges from large financial services firms to small startups, has become a champion of Anchore’s Top 2’s and Stay Interviews.  As a manager, they give her the ability to have constant communication with her direct reports. This ensures that expectations and goals are clear on both sides – ensuring strong communication all around. 

Top 2’s help everyone digest feedback because we have this set framework and recurring time to discuss performance regularly. It facilitates the opportunity to receive feedback and then work together on action plans,” said Alaina. “Some months there is specific feedback about how I can better support Brandon, but other months we sit down and talk at a higher level about process improvements we want to make.”

Even ad-hoc feedback conversations outside of Top 2’s have become more natural because Brandon and Alaina have built a foundation in their sessions, understanding how each other thinks, communicates, and what motivates them.  This sense of trust and psychological safety with one another has opened the door to real time feedback opportunities. 

Through Alaina and Brandon’s embodiment of Anchore’s values they have cultivated a strong relationship where they can learn and grow – together.  If you are interested in working on a team that fosters kindness, trust and open communication, head to our careers page. 

Blending Passion and Performance to Advance Innovation

As we explore the various roles and responsibilities at Anchore, one critical area is maintaining our interactions with the open source community. Anchore’s roots are deep in open source, and this area remains vital to our organization today. As a company we may expand our offerings, but the technology feedback and engagement we receive from our users in the community drives and inspires our team.

As we continually innovate and cultivate the newest technologies for secure and compliant software development, Anchore is thrilled to be hiring a Developer Advocate for our open source tools.


Our Vice President of Product, Neil Levine, weighed in on what he sees as the key elements to this role:

“Hiring a developer advocate is critical for Anchore as we look to grow adoption of our open source tools and evangelize the benefits of DevSecOps practices. We make our tools open source to reduce friction and encourage conversation with the developer community. This role is the essential glue between those users and the Anchore engineering team, so we can ensure that we are advancing state-of-the-art concepts when it comes to developing secure software. This role will help not just Anchore, but the broader software community.”

Are you passionate about DevSecOps and open source projects? Then apply for this role on our job board.