VPN Business Plan – Executive Summary

Opportunity

In the next 5-10 years encrypted connections between any and all devices on any and all networks will be as prevalent as the devices themselves.

Providers of the most basic services including the operating systems of the devices will have to deal with the demand of a market that constantly experiences their most private information being made available to bad actors who seek to take advantage of the weak and ignorant.

With the advent of mobile technologies that allow users to access any and all services available on the larger Internet wherever they are, while moving, the risk to any individual has grown exponentially. The seemless nature of the service and the ever increasing demand for more services is forcing providers to place more responsibility on the users for security than ever before.

Starbucks does not have the resources or the motive to install intrusion prevention systems in every coffee shop around the world. Neither do most providers of basic network connectivity.

Providers are more inclined to sell any and all information about their network usage than anything else.

Users today also demand appliances that are smart and bring added value to their lives by leveraging the connectivity and information available on the larger Internet. Home entertainment systems are being replaced by smart TVs that can provide access to all the possible entertainment the world has to offer without a separate computer, cable box, DVD or Blue-Ray player.

The massive increase in bandwidth provided by advancements in computing power and network technologies alongside the desire to access more and more information will only enable these trends and increase the data ‘leak’ vector.

Until recently, providing encrypted communication across these networks leveraging the computing power of the devices on either end created a detrimental impact to the overall user experience.

Technologies such as IPsec and OpenVPN are generally difficult to setup and manage and are notorious for encountering massive flaws in the overall logic that allows knowledgeable individuals and organizations to exploit the service and render it useless in terms of privacy.

With the Internet of Things becoming more and more of a reality, and 5G wireless technology on the horizon, the demand for a simple, yet powerful VPN technology to enable encryption as a standard for any new device or technology is greater than ever before.

The market might be surprised to find out its not a default.

Enter WireGuard!

WireGuard® is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be fastersimpler, leaner, and more useful than IPsec, while avoiding the massive headache. It intends to be considerably more performant than OpenVPN. WireGuard is designed as a general purpose VPN for running on embedded interfaces and super computers alike, fit for many different circumstances. Initially released for the Linux kernel, it is now cross-platform (Windows, macOS, BSD, iOS, Android) and widely deployable. It is currently under heavy development, but already it might be regarded as the most secure, easiest to use, and simplest VPN solution in the industry.

https://www.wireguard.com/

Wireguard is so impressive in fact that Linus Torvalds, the founder and leader of the Linux Foundation had this to say;

https://lists.openwall.net/netdev/2018/08/02/124

Pulled.

Btw, on an unrelated issue: I see that Jason actually made the pull
request to have wireguard included in the kernel.

Can I just once again state my love for it and hope it gets merged
soon? Maybe the code isn't perfect, but I've skimmed it, and compared
to the horrors that are OpenVPN and IPSec, it's a work of art.

              Linus

Very soon WireGuard will be mainstream & unlock the security required to enable mass adoption of VPN technologies for individuals, businesses, and things around the world and into space.

WireGuard VPN protocol will ship with Linux kernel 5.6

Today the technology is still in it’s infancy even though its already smashing performance records gaining and popularity with the entire industry, a lot of opportunity exists in the open source community for new developers to cut their teeth on the project and contribute in every way imaginable.

Today Personal & Business VPN Providers mostly do not offer WireGuard as a service to their customers. They rely on tried & true technologies that cost them immensely in computing & network resources while providing an arguable level of service. Some of these providers are leveraging datacenters and not modern cloud technology to provide these services as well, ever increasing their costs.

Personal VPN providers argue that they are providing privacy from prying hackers, governments, and corporations, but often state in their privacy policy that they will log all traffic necessary for marketing and to “sustain” their level of service. All while leveraging technologies that are prone to exploits and handing this information over to whomever has the power to ask.

The industry at large isn’t a huge fan of these providers as they often gouge their customers on their prices while hiding behind privacy policies that make their blanket statements about providing true privacy an arguable lie.

The Plan

Short Term

Skylaski plans to provide personal VPN services and compete head to head with other providers by keeping it simple. We will lead the industry with a privacy policy that puts our competitors to shame and provide WireGuard services at a fraction of the cost of our competitors while outperforming their user experience in terms of speed.

Long Term

Skylaski loves Open Source. We believe in the power of collaborative innovation and giving credit where it is due and will hyper focus on providing the best service possible to the most number of individuals around the world. Where other providers offer a custom application and a suite of utilities to act as a one-stop-shop to satisfy all your fear, uncertainty, & doubt, Skylaski will simply be the best provider of VPN services in the world.

In order to combat the stigma that comes with most other VPN providers Skylaski plans on continuing to contribute to the open source projects that made this technology a reality. A lot of work is needed to enable all the features users demand of their providers and Skylaski plans to enhance the original open source projects with their own to help the same community that distrusts VPN providers today.

Where Are We Now?

Skylaski has a working MVP complete with OpenVPN & WireGuard VPN services that can manually scale on demand while leveraging the Google Cloud platform which is available in 200+ territories and locations.

This solutions comes complete with a checkout system for taking payments over PayPal & Coinbase while establishing varying levels of service, features, coupons, promotions, affiliates. The MVP also provides a customer portal for managing their service, choosing a location, revoking and generating new encryption keys, upgrading, and renewing their plan as needed. This website is complete with a WordPress installation for managing content and a phpBB3 forum for providing support.

Whats Next?

  1. Business Plan
  2. Market Analysis
  3. Pricing Strategy
  4. Marketing Strategy
  5. Finalizing touches on the website
  6. Scaling the infrastructure
  7. Enhancing the customer experience
  8. Open Source relevant code
  9. Iterate & Improve

The Market is Ready

Users today already demand anti-virus, anti-malware, HTTPS, and multi-factor authentication from all their services, especially while mobile. Again, I’m sure a population would be surprised to find out that overall network encryption isn’t the default. They would be relieved to hear that a simple, non-intrusive, truly private solution exists to give them a seat-belt they’ve been asking for on the information super highway.