Jan 27, 2020
Caine Tighe - Freelancer to CTO of DuckDuckGo (#26)
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Welcome to another episode of Develomentor. Today's guest is Caine Tighe.

Caine Tighe is the CTO and first employee of DuckDuckGo, the Internet privacy company that empowers you to seamlessly take control of your personal information online, without any tradeoffs. This private search engine is #4 in the U.S., Germany, Australia and dozens of other countries, answering over 9 billion queries in 2018.

Prior to DuckDuckGo, Caine founded and ran opensesame labs, a startup consultancy focusing on companies with great ideas struggling to execute them.

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Episode Summary

"We did 9 billion searches in 2018 with less than 70 people. We're at 40 million searches a day now"

—Caine Tighe

Caine Tighe is the CTO of the upstart web search company DuckDuckGo that is slowly and surely taking a bite out of Google through laser-sharp focus on their one big weakness: privacy.  

Along his journey in tech, he’s transformed from a computer programmer to CTO to a leading thinker on privacy, all while living outside of the usual tech hubs.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  1. How Caine met his partner and co-founder of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg
  2. The culture at DuckDuckGo and the amount of effort Caine puts in to ensure his employees are happy
  3. How DuckDuckGo is competing against Google
  4. Why understanding how you spend your time is absolutely essential 

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