The Mydex Story, Part 1

One of the joys of working with the many members of PDEC is getting to know the people and their companies.  It is safe to say that passion is a common trait.   We experience this during the monthly PDEC conference calls, as well as in other communications (meetups, calls, workshops and conferences).  As a result of conversations during a recent monthly PDEC conference call and subsequent communications, we are pleased to offer a four part blog post series from guest blogger David Alexander.

David is the Chief Executive, Co-Founder and and Platform Architect at Mydex.  In this four part series of posts David will shed light on the development of Mydex as a CIC, and the journey the company has been on, and where it is headed.  Enjoy reading it!


Part One

We have been members of the PDEC Start-Up circle since its inception and although we are based in the UK we know we are working on something with global implications. We have always felt engagement with fellow travelers is an essential part of making it happen and this is why PDEC is so important.

So here is Mydex CIC on Mydex the Community Interest Company, the Mydex Trust Framework, its ISO27001 certified platform and as a certified Fair Data company. We work for individuals and deliver benefits to everyone.

We are different and we are proud of it. So let’s set it out clearly who and what we are.

We will do this in four parts.

  • Part One and Two look at how we have tackled some of the hard problems first.
  • Part Three looks at Mydex as a Community Interest Company.
  • Part Four discusses Mydex’s business model and ongoing focus.

We were one of the first personal data stores and we are still around

Mydex CIC was founded on a clear social purpose, a legal structure that fosters trust and maintains independence and a technical platform that makes that concept real and tangible. We have stuck to our principles and we are still here and growing every month. We are live, we have won contracts, have major organisations connecting and activating and we have not had to compromise our values or business model. We are proud of that.

We have chosen to crack the hard problems first. We have worked hard to:

  • build a personal data infrastructure that is highly available, that can scale to offer our service securely globally, and is fast and resilient;
  • create an architecture of unique individually encrypted personal data stores under the control of the individual. Critical in this is that the individual and only the individual has the key. Mydex CIC is a “zero-knowledge” end to end encrypted service which has no access to or control over an individual’s data. We simply provide the means to collect, store, organise and share it securely.
  • build security into everything we do – the whole company is ISO 27001 compliant which means we operate to globally recognised standards for information security management. We are also a certified Fair Data company.

We’re in this for the long haul unlike ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ startups seeking to make a quick turn on an idea. That is why we became a CIC, became ISO27001 and Fair Data certified. It takes time, conviction and resolve to make that happen.

Conference Call Update: International Dial-in Information

We’ve secured an international conference call dial-in bridge for this Wednesday’s PDEC Conference Call.  PDEC membership spans the globe, so we are considerate of time of day and your ease of access.  The numbers are for countries where we can offer local dial-in access.  Many members use Skype (or other similar services), but in some cases a local number is preferable.

PDEC members will receive an email with the dial-in information.

We’ll see you (hear you!) on the call this Wednesday.

Monthly PDEC Community Call: Next Wednesday

The PDEC Community Conference Call is next Wednesday, August 6th.  This is the first of what will become a First-Wednesday-of-Every-Month call.  PDEC membership spans the globe.  Here is the time of the call in various time zones:

  • California/US West Coast: 8AM
  • New York/US East Coast:   11AM
  • London/UK:   4PM
  • Paris/Barcelona: 5PM

Please make a note of it on your calendars, set alerts, be sure to call in a little early if possible. We’ll post the dial-in number and the access code very soon.

Please think about agenda items you would suggest for the call.  If you have questions you’d like to ask of the community or an announcement or topic of discussion, let us know.  You can do that in a few ways.  Post them here in the comments or send them to me via email: dean@pde.cc If you want to receive email notification or calendar invites, please also let us know.

More info coming soon.  The call is just a few days off, so your feedback is more important with each passing hour!

Changes at PDEC – New Communications Director

There are several changes happening at PDEC.

Kaliya has a new job! Yeah! She is co-CEO of the Leola Group with her partner William Dyson. She has more about the story on her blog. It is a continuation of the efemurl project that she has been working with him on since September.

We have created a 6 month long transition plan for the organization/community to new leadership. We are pleased to announce as part of this we have brought on Dean Landsman to serve as Communications Director and among other things host regular community calls and host a podcast. Dean will be presenting about his new role with PDEC at the Personal Data Meetup in NYC on Monday.

The first of what will become a monthly PDEC Community Call (for startup members of PDEC) will hosted by Dean on August 6th at 8am pacific, 11am eastern, 4pm UK, 5pm Continental Europe.  [If you want to be a startup member you can apply on this site under Join Us].

Dean and I did a little video to explain when we met up in NYC last weekend when I was presenting at HOPEX (Hackers on Planet Earth 10).

KaliyaDeanNYJuly14 from Kaliya IdentityWoman on Vimeo.

As part of taking on the Co-CEO role in the new company Kaliya has taken into account the time needed to properly transition out of her role as PDEC Executive Director.  Jean Russell, who is also the COO of the Leola Group and has worked on PDEC operations, will dedicate some of her time during the transition period to supporting Kaliya and the PDEC community with the transition.

We are in the process of forming a Governance Committee to develop a plan in that realm and the logical conclusion of that will be to hire a new Executive Director.  We welcome your comments and suggestions, and please let us know if you would like to participate in the Governance Committee.