Ping Identity was in the news last week with a huge deal to sell itself to private equity investors after several years as a public company.
Ping CEO Andre Durand launched his identity company way back in 2002, raising around $128 million in venture funding along the way. In a 2015 interview with TechCrunch, Durand talked about going public within a year or two. That didn’t happen, at least not then, but what did happen may be one of the stranger founder tales ever told — one with twists and turns Durand admits he could never have imagined.
“There’s no way I could have predicted the seri