Business Continuity

While slightly less exciting than tech, business continuity plans are just as important as proper systems engineering, the latter being of little use if the company owning the servers goes under.

International service provider standards like ISO 27001 call not only for technical, but also many organizational measures. We’ll highlight some of the most important ones.


Disclaimer: In some countries, laws are tricky as far as legal advice goes - so let’s make it clear that none of this is legal advice.

This document is not a complete treatise on business continuity, and there’s some aspects that it doesn’t discuss (like insurance, liability risks, company structure…). Most importantly, we’re neither lawyers, nor corporate consultants. It’s a list of keywords to discuss with your cofounders (and lawyers), not an exhaustive checklist to follow.

There’s a whole body of work on the topic of business continuity, corporate best practices and risk management as well as multiple ISO standards - this is just scratching the surface.

Shareholder agreements

All of Certus One’s founders fully trust each other, have a long history of working together and neither of us has any intention to walk away. However, we still need to consider the risk of either of us quitting or us falling out with each other, and protect our company and our customers from this risk.

There are many examples of companies meeting an untimely end due to trivial disagreements or founders leaving early while keeping significant stock in the company, making life difficult for the remaining founders when they want to bring in additional investors or sell the company.

This is why it’s essential to have a carefully designed shareholder contract with clearly defined responsibilities (prevent many disagreements from occuring in the first place), and contingency clauses, designed by a specialized lawyer. While expensive, especially when you’re just getting started, having a solid foundation is very important - you’ll be stuck with it for a long time, and modifying those contracts at a later point is annoying and a lot more expensive.


Coming soon