Before co-founding Zivver, Rick Goud spent six years as a healthcare consultant for Gupta Strategists. He had studied Medical Information Science at the UvA and Care Management at Erasmus University. Additionally, he holds a PhD in Medicine from the UVA on the development, implementation and evaluation of healthcare support systems. Throughout his studies, Rick worked as a programmer. The idea to launch his own company was conceived during Rick’s career as a strategy consultant. As a health industry consultant, he noticed that a wide range of sensitive data was being frequently handled within organisations; this included patient information, company performance, and legal documents. Many of his clients had questions about data security and how data was being re-used etc. He realised that there was a strong need for a secure communication solution to safeguard and manage sensitive data, and shortly afterwards, Zivver was born.