Nik Cubrilovic

Australian-born entrepreneur and hacker. Currently working in advisory and consulting positions, previously at [Techcrunch](, [Omnidrive]( and a number of other startups since 2000.

Nik has over 15 years of experience as a developer, penetration tester and solutions architect in industries ranging from finance, manufacturing and real estate through to consumer web application development. Nik has worked for and continues to consult and advise startups, SMB’s, venture capital firms and large enterprises including a number of Fortune 100 companies. Nik has worked and lived in Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, throughout continental Europe and Asia and is now based in San Francisco, USA.

Nik has contributed to a large number of open-source projects and published a number of security vulnerabilities for various platforms and applications since 1996. Nik is an advocate of consumer privacy and security protection, applying cryptography to all communication, the Tor anonymity network, Bitcoin and a number of other security and privacy related projects and initiatives. In 2007, he was named in The Bulletin magazine as one of Australia’s “”Smart 100″”.

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Latest from Nik Cubrilovic

  • WeSmirch Automatically Digs Dirt

    WeSmirch is a new celebrity gossip and news portal powered by Memeorandum. The technology behind Memeorandum will find the most popular stories from blog posts or news sites and cluster them together using a proprietary algorithm. What readers get is a single-page newspaper view of what the big stories are for a particular category and rank them accordingly, showing the stories as clusters… Read More

  • Mailroom Manages Small Business Mail

    I am constantly looking for new products that will make my own business more efficient and perform better, and while finding a lot of good solutions for key problems, more often I find solutions to problems that I hadn’t really thought of. The latest solution that I am using now that saves us both time and help us perform better is Mailroom from Sproutit. Mailroom is a web-based… Read More

  • See What Your Website Visitors Are Doing With Crazy Egg

    Standard web statistic packages compete based on who can offer the most statistics, the most colorful graphs and trying to wrap usability around all that information. The guys at Crazy Egg have taken a different approach where you can measure and actually see what your users are doing when they visit your site, and from these results you can immediately optimize your site based on your… Read More

  • 30 Boxes Ready To Take Out Online Calendar Space

    30 Boxes is an online calendar application that is targeting the mainstream consumer market who until now have not adopted calendaring online or offline. 30 Boxes is another contender in a very crowded market (as previously noted on Techcrunch) which has recently confirmed Google as the latest entrant (also seen on Techcrunch). 30 Boxes has some strong differential points and the team has… Read More

  • Exclusive: Google Payments Seller Reputation Screenshots

    A few weeks ago here on Techcrunch we revealed more information about Google’s new payments system along with some screenshots of how it looks and works. One of the questions at the time was what Google would do about buyers being able to check a sellers reputation before making a purchase. We can now reveal that Google have built a reputation system that allows buyers to rate sellers… Read More

  • Livelocker Social Bookmarks and Ratings For Rich Media

    Livelocker is best described as a for rich media content with rating aspects from digg (and a similar interface). It allows users to bookmark, categorize and share links to videos, audio content and photos. The clean interface makes it easy for visitors to explore and find popular content online as well as to attach ratings to content and add them in their own locker. The… Read More

  • Podbridge Delivers Simple Targetted Podcast Advertising

    Podbridge aims to bridge together podcasters and advertisers (as the name sort of suggests) and serve as an advertising network for audio advertising in podcasts. Podbridge is aiming for an exploding space with podcast growth being huge and advertising growth on the web and in rich media particularly being large. The service for publishers and advertisers they have recently launched allows them… Read More

  • DabbleDB: Online App Building For Everyone

    Every so often I get asked ‘what is the latest hot app’ and after using DabbleDB I have a new answer to that question. DabbleDB is a platform that allows you to create applications online using a web interface. The sort of applications you would create and then use are what most of us normally hack together in a spreadsheet or using some other database application that is often… Read More

  • SixApart Moves Into Business Space

    SixApart, the creators of popular blogging platforms TypePad and MovableType will be releasing a set of new features and services for their products directly aimed at the growing business market for blog software. Currently there are a large number of corporations already publishing blogs using SixApart software and the latest releases are part of a broader strategy to better support and to… Read More

  • Exclusive: Salesforce Business Mashups, New Developer Community

    I have had the privilege of getting an exclusive look at the new developer community and toolkits that Salesforce will be launching at the eTech conference tomorrow. Salesforce have been on the cutting edge of what we now call Web 2.0 in the business space for years. They were trying to swing mindset towards software as a service and the web as a platform long before we had the terms that we… Read More

  • Edgeio Launches

    After much anticipation and a period of being available to a private audience the team at Edgeio took the covers off of their creation tonight and launched to the general public. Edgeio takes listings (classifieds) from RSS-enabled sources and organizes them in a central location for users to be able to browse and search. The Edgeio ethos is that content belongs on the edges, and that is where… Read More

  • Exclusive Look At Google Payments

    Google announced last week on their blog that they will begin to facilitate payments on Google Base in the near future. The blog post from Google pointed out that Google are already accepting payments on their video service as well as when users purchase software such as Google Earth and that this will be extended further in the near future. The latest updates to Google Base, which we have… Read More

  • Mabber Mobile Instant Messaging

    Mix open instant messaging protocol Jabber with mobile phones and you get Mabber, a new product from a team based in Cologne, Germany. The team at Mabber were early adopters of the Jabber protocol and with the lower mobile data charges in their home country decided to develop an application that would allow mobile users to communicate with each other using the protocol, thus save on SMS costs. Read More

  • Google Pages Released

    Although there has been no official announcement yet Google have released the long awaited and long-rumored Google Pages (which has nothing to do with cloning Larry Page). Pages allows users to create a webpage using an AJAX interface that removes a lot of the ‘pain’ associated with creating pages with HTML and other desktop design applications. If you have some time on your hands… Read More

  • Tangler Untangling Communication On The Web

    Over the weekend I spoke to Martin Wells, the founder and CEO of a startup from Sydney, Australia called Tangler. I had a look at the application they have been developing for the last 18 months now which is an instant messaging and communication app that is based around a concept they call ‘instant grouping’. Instant grouping means that any number of people can take part in… Read More

  • BlogBeat Rocking The Blog Stat Beats!

    Google recently indicated that they are taking blogs and measuring blog statistics very seriously with their acquisition of Measure Map. Measure Map had not yet made it into the hands of most bloggers and had been in a private beta at the time of acquisition. A new blog analytics tool that is similar in functionality to Measure Map is BlogBeat. The different with BlogBeat is that it is… Read More

  • Flyspy Brings The New Web To Airline Ticketing

    At the Mashup Camp pre-conference dinner tonight there were a number of demos, all of which were interesting. A non-public service that stood out was flyspy, a search engine for airline tickets that will change the way we all travel. Purchasing flights purely based on price has been around for a while, but the consumer has never had the power to quickly and at a glance evaluate the cheapest… Read More

  • Meebo: More Features, Continued Growth

    Since launching last year, Meebo the web-based instant messaging application has had phenomenal growth and great user adoption. This week they have announced a new set of features and upgrades to their application, the first since they announced their funding from Sequoia capital. The best of the new features are that you can now create an account with Meebo and have access to all your… Read More

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