Raleigh startup The Sixth Flag brings momentum to its presentation in the CED Venture Conference in Raleigh, having recently been named a “Cool Vendor” by research firm Gartner.

So what’s The Sixth Flag all about?

Think virtual desktop. Think secure. Think choose your own device (CYOD). Think bring your own device (BYOD).

The Sixth Flag has developed a Desktop-as-a-Service offering that is available through the cloud, and Gartner was impressed enough to name it among the “Cool Vendors in Endpoint Computing 2016” recently.

“[P]roducts that require no special software on the endpoint and are OS-neutral are especially better in that they can enable CYOD and BYOD — and effectively allow users to pick the device of their choice,” Gartner noted.

Having developed patent-pending waterproofing technology called dewdrop.tsf, TSF also says it “offers strong protection for organizations concerned about the loss of intellectual property.”

“We believe [the Gartner selection] validates our vision of delivering a true cloud orchestrated and delivered Desktop-as-a-Service,” said Pete Kofod, founder and CEO of The Sixth Flag. “We will continue to raise the bar by adding groundbreaking capabilities to our offering, extending a solution that is simple, secure, easy to manage and that won’t break the bank.”

Here’s our Q&A profile of TSF, one in a series of profiles about CED Tech Venture presenters published by WRAL TechWire in partnership with the CED:

  • What is the focus of your business?

The Sixth Flag is a Desktop-as-a-Service offering, built on public cloud infrastructure that enables customers to deploy secure VDI [virtual desktop infrastructure] without CAPEX. Using a current browser, organizational users can access a managed Window desktop from anywhere with Internet access using any platform including PCs, Macs, Chrome devices and all major tablets.

  • What is the top pain point/business application you are seeking to address?

One of the top problems we solve is providing access to organizational software to a distributed user group. Through what we call webify.tsf, organizations can offer remote access to legacy software without incurring the significant expense of reprogramming the application for the web, allowing all employees to use their software anywhere, on any device with full lifecycle management.

  • What makes it unique?

Our virtual desktop is completely HTML-based, no plugins or downloads necessary, so it is a true BYOD solution. Our unique Cell Structure Security, based on guerrilla warfare tactics, rethinks layered security with ephemeral desktop and user credentials and encrypted user data both in flight and at rest. We offer an additional layer of security with dewdrop.tsf, a patent-pending watermarking technology that deters data theft from screen capture or photo.

  • Why should investors be interested in your firm?

We focus on solving problems in the enterprise. Our customers are willing to pay to solve the problem
The problem we solve is very broad. Our potential customer base is very large, ranging from small teams to global organizations.

We have intellectual property, including our patented watermarking technology.

Leading industry analysts recognize us as emerging leaders in the market. We were named a Cool Vendor in Endpoint Computing and recognized as a Representative Vendor by Gartner.

Business facts:

  • Website – http://www.thesixthflag.com
  • Email address for inquiries – meghan.kofod@thesixthflag.com
  • Physical address – 555 Fayetteville St, 3rd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • CEO – Pete Kofod
  • ​Introductory video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmBHxdjB9rM