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Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet. He has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. Mr. Lefkowitz also served as a consultant to the FBI’s senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Mr. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.
Evan Kohlmann
Chief Innovation Officer
Evan Kohlmann focuses on product innovation at Flashpoint where he leverages fifteen years’ experience tracking Al-Qaida, ISIS, and other terrorist groups. He has consulted for the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Justice, the Australian Federal Police, and Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, among others. Mr. Kohlmann holds a JD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School and a BSFS in International Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown Univ.
Josh Devon
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Product Officer
Josh Devon focuses on product vision and strategy at Flashpoint while ensuring the company’s departments function synergistically during its rapid growth. He also works to ensure that customers receive best in class products, services, and support. Previously, Mr. Devon co-founded the SITE Intelligence Group where he served as Assistant Director. He holds an MA from SAIS at Johns Hopkins Univ. At the Univ. of Pennsylvania, he received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Camacho
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Camacho leads the company’s global sales team, which includes solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, partnerships, and revenue operations; he is also the architect of Flashpoint’s FPCollab sharing community. With over 15 years of cybersecurity leadership experience, he has spearheaded initiatives across Operational Strategy, Incident Response, Threat Management, and Security Operations to ensure cyber risk postures align with business goals. Most recently as a Senior Vice President of Information Security at Bank of America, Mr. Camacho was responsible for overseeing the Threat Management Program. An entrepreneur, Mr. Camacho also serves as CEO for NinjaJobs: a career-matching community for elite cybersecurity talent. He has a BS in Decision Sciences & Management of Information Systems from George Mason University.
Lisa Iadanza
Chief People Officer
Lisa M. Iadanza leads all functional areas of People Operations at Flashpoint, including human resources, talent acquisition & management, employee engagement, and developing high performance teams. In addition to collaborating with the executive team to drive strategic growth, she plays an integral role in fostering Flashpoint’s culture and mission. Driven by her passions for mentorship, employee advocacy, and talent development, Ms. Iadanza has more than twenty years of experience in building, scaling, and leading human resources functions. Prior to Flashpoint, she held leadership roles at Conde Nast, Terra Technology, and FreeWheel. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds a bachelor’s degree in management with concentrations in human resources and marketing from State University of New York at Binghamton.
Donald Saelinger
President
Donald Saelinger is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Flashpoint’s growth and scale. In this role, Donald leads a broad portfolio including Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, Legal and related functions, and is focused on helping the company execute on a go-to-market approach that maximizes value to our customers. Prior to Flashpoint, Donald served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endgame, Inc., an endpoint detection and response company acquired by Elastic N.V. in 2019, and where he led a range of teams focused on growth, scale, and legal and compliance matters. Donald also previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Opower, Inc. (NYSE: OPWR), a global provider of SaaS solutions to electric and gas utilities that was acquired by Oracle, Inc. in 2016. Donald graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.
Rob Reznick
SVP Finance and Corporate Development
Rob Reznick leads the finance, accounting, and corporate development teams at Flashpoint. Rob previously served as Director of Finance & Accounting for 1010data (acquired by Advance/Newhouse), and Director of Finance for Financial Guard (acquired by Legg Mason) after prior work in forensic accounting and dispute consulting. Mr. Reznick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA and MAcc from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, and a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Tom Hofmann
SVP Intelligence
Tom Hofmann leads the intelligence directorate that is responsible for the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of Deep and Dark Web data. He works closely with clients to prioritize their intelligence requirements and ensures internal Flashpoint operations are aligned to those needs. Mr. Hofmann has been at the forefront of cyber intelligence operations in the commercial, government, and military sectors, and is renowned for his ability to drive effective intelligence operations to support offensive and defensive network operations.
Jake Wells
SVP Solutions Architecture
Jake Wells leads strategic integrations and information sharing as part of the client engagement & development team, which serves as an internal advocate for our government and commercial clients to ensure Flashpoint’s intelligence solutions meet their evolving needs. He leverages a decade of experience running cyber and counterterrorism investigations, most recently with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, to maximize the value customers generate from our products and services. Mr. Wells holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University.
Brian Brown
SVP Strategy and Business Development
Brian Brown is responsible for the overall direction of strategic sales and development supporting Flashpoint’s largest clients. In his role, Mr. Brown focuses on designing and executing growth-oriented sales penetration strategies across multiple vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial, supporting Flashpoint’s Sales and Business Development Teams. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Brown also serves as CSO for NinjaJobs, a private community created to match elite cybersecurity talent with top tier global jobs and also advise growth-stage cybersecurity companies.
Justin Rogers
VP Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team at Flashpoint, aligning sales, marketing, partnerships, customer success, and finance across vision, planning, process, and goals. He leverages over 15 years of experience in security, strategy, product design, and implementation to drive growth, provide an end-to-end view of the customer journey, and a seamless customer experience. Recently, Justin led Marketing for Centripetal, bringing the first Threat Intelligence Gateway to market. Previously, he managed operations of a Counter IED lab electronics forensics division while forward deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Justin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Peter Partyka
VP Engineering
Peter Partyka leads Flashpoint’s engineering teams. Peter previously worked in the quantitative hedge fund space in New York City, implementing security and administrative solutions around proprietary trading platforms, high-availability cloud deployments, and hardening of applications and infrastructure. Peter leverages more than 16 years of experience in technology specializing in application security, red-teaming, penetration testing, exploit development, as well as blue-teaming. Peter has a long track record of managing tech teams and implementing engineering security best practices. Recently Peter led Flashpoint toward GDPR and CCPA compliance and has been a key architect of Flashpoint’s robust compliance programs. Peter has taught advanced cybersecurity courses at New York University and consulted at various tech startups during his career.
Paul Farley
VP APAC Sales
Paul Farley is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of Flashpoint's international business, including Australia, Japan, and Singapore. In his role at Flashpoint, Paul is executing growth-oriented sales strategies across multiple countries and vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial. Paul has extensive experience leading regional sales for both pre-IPO growth businesses and large organizations such as RSA, EMC and DELL.
Steven Cooperman
VP Public Sector Sales
Steven Cooperman is responsible for Flashpoint’s strategy and sales growth of its public sector business. He also supports the development of a robust partner ecosystem for public sector business to deliver value added offerings and innovation focused to the mission of government. Steven has an established and diverse career in the Public Sector, holding leadership positions at a number of successful enterprise software companies and Federal System Integrators, including ServiceNow, HP, Oracle and Northrop Grumman. He holds an MA in Analytic Geography from the State University of New York - Binghamton, and received his BS in Geology from the State University - Oneonta.
Matthew Howell
VP Product
Matthew Howell leads the Product Management and Product Marketing teams for Flashpoint. He is responsible for developing a strong team that drives product adoption and user engagement through outcome based prioritization, continuous process improvement, and metrics driven development. Matthew brings a passion for diverse ideas, experience launching B2B SaaS products, building integration ecosystems, supporting five 9s SLAs, and leading distributed teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director Strategic Accounts Engagement
Glenn Lemons is Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement at Flashpoint. He previously served as the acting Director of Citigroup's Cyber Intelligence Center where he was responsible for analyzing and reacting to intelligence from a variety of threats. These threats ranged from fraudulent activity and attempting to defraud Citi's clients to supporting security operations for the firm's worldwide network presence. He has extensive experience working with multiple clients across the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, and public sectors. Glenn also has more than 26 years of intelligence experience within the operational and support communities in the U.S. military and federal civilian service; seven of which focused on both defensive and offensive cyber operations. While working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional committees and member requested open and closed sessions.
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Steve Leightell
Steve started his career in Internet sales in the early 1990s and was always a top sales rep before transitioning to business development. By the early 2000s, he was the Director of Business Development at DWL, where he managed a team that built partnerships with Accenture, Oracle, Tata Consulting, Wipro, Cognizant and IBM. Steve designed the channel and strategy that ultimately culminated in the acquisition of DWL by IBM in 2005. He went on to lead a global team within IBM that was responsible for major system integrator partnerships. In 2008, he left IBM to found a niche consulting firm focused on business development for SaaS organizations. Steve holds a BA in anthropology and sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Ellie Wheeler
Ellie Wheeler is a Partner at Greycroft and is based in the firm’s New York office. Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital. Ellie also worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the unified communications, enterprise software, mobile, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston. Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Glenn McGonnigle
Glenn McGonnigle is a General Partner at TechOperators. Prior to launching TechOperators in 2008, Glenn was CEO of VistaScape Security Systems, a venture-backed provider of enterprise intelligent video surveillance software. He lead the company through its successful sale to Siemens Building Technologies. Previously, Glenn was a co-founder and senior executive of Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems (ISS) where he helped raise initial venture capital and launch the business. For 7 years, he led the business development team in developing sales channels and entering the managed security services market. During his tenure, the company grew from startup to revenues of over $225 million and was later acquired by IBM for $1.3 billion.
Brendan Hannigan
Brendan joined Polaris Partners in 2016 as an entrepreneur partner. In this role, he focuses on funding and founding companies in the technology sector with a concentration in cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity. Brendan is a co-founder of Sonrai Security and chairman of Twistlock, both Polaris investments. He also currently serves on the board of Bitsight Technologies and Flashpoint. A 25 year technology industry veteran, Brendan was most recently the general manager of IBM Security. Under Brendan’s leadership, IBM Security grew significantly faster than the overall security market to become the number one enterprise security provider in the world with almost $2B of annual revenue.
Matt Devost
Currently, Devost serves as CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC as well as a review board member for Black Hat. In 2010, he co-founded the cybersecurity consultancy FusionX LLC which was acquired by Accenture in August 2015, where he went on to lead Accenture's Global Cyber Defense practice. Devost also founded the Terrorism Research Center in 1996 where he served as President and CEO until November 2008 and held founding or leadership roles at iDefense, iSIGHT Partners, Total Intel, SDI, Tulco Holdings, and Technical Defense.
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The Flashpoint Hiring Guide for Engineering Candidates

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January 26, 2022

Finding a home—the right home—at Flashpoint

Hi there, and welcome! If you’re reading this it likely means that you’re considering applying for a role on the Flashpoint Engineering team—or, you’re already in the interviewing process. Either way, we’re delighted you’re here.

As you do your due diligence, we’ve put together a guide to help you evaluate whether Flashpoint is the right place for you. Below, we cover all of the information you’ll need to help you along your journey—from preparing for a Flashpoint engineering interview to walking you through our hiring and onboarding process, and hopefully every FAQ you may have along the way. Now, let’s get started!

Smiling engineers, serious fun.

What does Flashpoint do?

Simply put, we help organizations protect their most critical assets, stakeholders, personnel, and infrastructure from cyber and physical security risks. As an engineer, you might work on applications that collect and analyze ransomware, compromised credentials, credit card fraud, dark web communities, and vulnerability exploits.

Related reading: The Evolution of Flashpoint’s Data Pipeline, an Engineering Story

Flashpoint Engineering: What drives us and how it impacts our hiring decisions

We value empathy and teamwork above all.

We look to hire people who would feel fulfilled simply by helping someone else out, and to do so without judgment. We encourage camaraderie and trust one another to prioritize what needs to be done. 

We believe that empowered, autonomous teams that train and communicate a lot with each other produce the best long-term outcomes.

We do not expect our engineers to come in knowing about the threat intelligence and cyber domains. 

We are hiring for what you will become, not necessarily what you are now.

We do not expect our engineers to come in knowing all the parts of our stack. We understand the hiring market for engineers is extremely competitive and that your time is valuable. As a result, we emphasize post-hiring training intended to teach you the skills you need instead of expecting you to come in fully-baked. 

We look for a growth mindset and we attempt to make our environments as welcoming as possible to people who may not have felt like they were ready or deserving enough to take advantage of opportunities that come their way.

Diversity as an applied value

We seek to build an exceptionally diverse Engineering Department—across gender, race, identity, sexual orientation, background, and more. As we are an intelligence organization, it is our job to detect and remediate risks. Building teams of people who collectively have the broadest perspectives possible will make us more resilient in our products, in our intelligence assessments, and in our professional networks.

We have a diversity and inclusion group focusing on how to improve our recruiting and hiring pipeline as well as our retention of a maximally diverse department.

Life at Flashpoint: Engineering Department Structure

Our Engineering Department was built cloud-first and consists of about 60 people.

We have several product/vertical teams which operate via 2-week sprints and which conduct other agile rituals with the assistance of Product Managers.

We also have horizontal service teams that embed with the other teams. These teams generally use more of a kanban style of organization except for QA, which assists with the product release calendar.

Related reading: Flashpoint Engineering: Heroes of Innovation

Our teams often plan and design projects with other teams, such as the UX and Intel teams.

We believe in maintaining a healthy ratio of reports to manager, and we emphasize that managers actively work on reports’ professional development during regular 1-on-1s.

The continuous impact—and opportunity—of COVID-19

Because of the pandemic, our engineers have been working remotely since March 2020. 

As of this publishing (Jan 2022), no future policy has been established for when people may return to the office and in what capacity or frequency.  This is likely only to change when Flashpoint feels comfortable that its employees won’t be put at risk and even then, a company-wide assessment of employees will be conducted.

Prior to the pandemic, Flashpoint Engineering was also very comfortable with fully-remote employees except for very early-career engineers, who benefited from extra in-person time with their team and manager.

Productivity stipend

As of this publishing, Flashpoint employees receive a stipend to purchase equipment that makes their at-home offices as comfortable and productivity-orientated as possible. Some employees have purchased monitor stands, headphones, or other technologies; others go the zen route, buying a calming lamp or scented candle that centers their energy and puts them into a focused state of mind every single morning.

Zoom room, where the (remote) work gets done.

Building rapport with your manager

Flashpoint Engineering managers schedule 1-on-1s at least every three weeks with their reports. These 1-on-1s are geared towards personal and professional development and less on work status updates.

At Flashpoint, your manager should be seen as an active remover of blockers for you and a sponsor for creating opportunities for you to grow, both personally and professionally.

Work-life balance

The Flashpoint Engineering culture has never been that of working early or late or during weekends or holidays. For employees with family or other commitments, Flashpoint Engineering has always provided flexibility and support. Everyone at Flashpoint gets No Meeting Afternoon on Tuesdays to give people some dedicated flow time, i.e. periods during which engineers dedicate themselves to writing code or simply thinking rather than being in meetings to responding to Slack messages.

The importance of family 

Many of our engineers have children, or have had children, since joining Flashpoint. Flexibility for scheduling childcare and taking care of those matters is supported and expected from everyone in the Engineering department.

Paid Parental Leave + Resources 

Full-time U.S. based team members are eligible to participate in Flashpoint’s Parental Leave program. We offer 12 weeks of paid leave time for a primary caregiver, and 6 weeks paid leave time for a secondary caregiver. If you are expecting, our People Ops team will spend dedicated time 1-on-1 to help you understand all of the pillars of support available to you as a Parent at Flashpoint, such as the Anthem Future Moms program, WinFertility, One Medical Pediatrics and virtual Lactation and pre/post-partum support and consultation with a medical provider through Live Health Online. 

New hire buddy program

Implemented in 2021, every new Flashpointer is paired with an employee from another team in order to build enduring, safe, nurture-driven relationships across the company. In non-pandemic times, new hire buddies might grab coffee or a meal with the new Flashpointer. These days, regular video chats about work and non-work matters are commonplace and encouraged. 

Company events: In-person, online, and hybrid

During the pandemic, Flashpoint employees have organized events for groups to meet in person for the fully vaccinated. The company is actively looking for ways to meet for team off-sites in a responsible fashion.

Hackathons!

Flashpoint Engineering has held several hackathons over the years, generally two-day hack periods followed by a half-day of presentations, all during business hours. In 2021, the Engineering team successfully hosted its inaugural Remote Hackathon!

Other events, benefits, and meet-ups

The People team also continued to set up online learning experiences and myriad company-wide events, such as trivia, holiday-themed activities, and other fun diversions. 

Flashpointers: Show your expertise

The Engineering Department hosts a Friday Flashpointer during which people present on whatever topics they choose. Past Flashpointer presentations have included topics like technical pen-testing and evaluating other companies’ software architectures, as well as raising houseplants and learning about the world of Twitch. 

Lunch and Learns

Flashpoint Lunch and Learns provide Flashpoint employees the opportunity to hear from peers from the security community   every month. Past Lunch and Learns include presentations given by intelligence community veterans, New York City investors, and security experts from other organizations.

Teams are encouraged to have working sessions, specific training sessions, and regular hang-outs for teammate birthdays and other important life events.

Incident Management

Our SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) team manages the incident management process. While Flashpoint engineers go on rotations with their teams for responding to incidents, we seek to use SRE methodology to improve our systems and processes so that we encounter fewer incidents that require breaks in engineers’ schedules.

We form incident teams when problems arise, and then have reviews of the incident reports and post-mortems afterwards, both with a reviewer SRE and with the larger engineering group. We focus on the outcome action items in order to do the dirty work to prevent those incidents from happening again.

The SRE team also holds weekly office hours for people who have questions about building infrastructure.

The Flashpoint Engineering Hiring Process

Please let us know as you start out this process what your time horizon is (so that we can make appropriate offers to you at the same time as your other offers), what information you still need about Flashpoint (so we can add it to this document!), and what else you think would help make a better decision.

Application Screen

Engineering and Talent Acquisition teams are aligned in looking at candidates holistically, and we do not expect candidates to know everything about engineering or threat intelligence. We train our hiring managers to look for growth potential. 

This is to say, we are hiring for what you will become, and not necessarily what you are now.

Talent Acquisition Phone Call

This call is conducted by our People Ops team and is intended to prepare you for the rest of the process (including sending you this document). This includes timing on your part, and what level of a role you are looking for.

Hiring Manager Phone Call

During your call with the hiring manager, we want less to validate your technical expertise (we do that in the next stages) and more to evaluate your fit and interest level in the role. Though you technically don’t need to prepare much for this, we suggest that you convey your preferences for what type of work you want to do, what you look for in a manager, and ask how your manager would support you in your role.

Take-home test

Flashpoint Engineering has tried out whiteboarding, general take-home tests, and 3rd-party code evaluation vendors. But we feel we get the most signal for the technical evaluation of a candidate from a take-home combined with code review.

We send a take-home test to the candidate with a soft one-week deadline. We feel this gives the candidate flexibility for fitting this out-of-band work into their busy schedules. We feel this also allows candidates who need time to think about a problem before answering it to figure out how best to use their time.

We also design our own code tests so that they test for applicable software development life cycle and deployment traits. We prefer not to test for algorithmic gotchas, but instead want to see evidence of care towards deploying, expanding, and maintaining an application — more in line with what you’d be doing at Flashpoint.

Interview: technical communication via a code review on the take-home test

Instead of whiteboarding on surprise topics, we want to have a couple engineers talk about the take-home test code to get to know the candidate, and for the candidate to learn how our process works.

A candidate will talk to a couple of engineers for about an hour about the code they submitted.

We are looking for understanding of how to solve a problem (through research and consideration of choices, not knowing the most clever answer), but also how to test, deploy, document and maintain it, as those are functions we actually perform at work.

We also want to see that an engineer can communicate at a technical level with other engineers on a subject that is fresh on their mind.

Our goal is to reduce stress for a candidate and get a candidate’s best effort, and talking about the code they just wrote instead of new code is one method we use to do that.

Interview: technical and collaborative influence on others

As with the previous interview step, we use structured interviews with pre-planned questions in order to get away from repetitive interviews where interviewers ask you the same questions, and to increase signal by covering different dimensions of your potential impact.

We look for candidates who show potential for force multiplication of other teammates, potential for coaching and mentoring those around them, and for initiative in identifying gaps and rallying efforts to address those gaps.

Offer

At this stage, we provide you with a competitive, equitable offer to bring this process over the finish line. Once accepted, we welcome you as a new Flashpointer!

Welcome to Flashpoint! Onboarding and your new job

We put in significant effort to improve our processes so that as a new hire, you will be able to onboard smoothly and get extra support if you would like it.

We have well-documented pathways for you to start out on when you join Flashpoint, regardless of your level. We provide thorough checklists to help you and your manager get you everything you need.

Some of our teams have 30-60-90 day plans so that you gradually work on more and more difficult systems until you’re up-to-speed, performing activities that we’ve trained dozens of others on and which have well-laid paths.

We build extra exercises you can work on and then get feedback from someone else; this process helps you learn the stack and get to know people. Our goal is to create safe space and time for you to get your bearings and to understand that what you’re learning will directly help your progress towards autonomy in the team.

Training

Once you’ve been onboarded onto your team, we want to continue your professional development. At Flashpoint, we have almost always promoted managers from within instead of hiring for them. And we have a separate non-management track for senior level individual contributors.

We are working on integrating our training with onboarding, so that engineers are continually training using specific examples from our past incident management exercises, from our current stack, etc. We are building a framework where you can pick modules to learn from that help you directly get familiar with our tooling; you might fix a broken Ansible playbook, or debug a networking issue that caused a recent outage for us and which was added to our training as a result of an incident post-mortem.

We are also required to provide resources for extra annual secure development training.

We provide access to 3rd-party learning resources which you can customize to your educational goals.

At Flashpoint, we see most software engineers do not have a security background or experience working on supporting analysts for vulnerability remediation, fraud, etc.

That is part of the reason we lean in to provide thorough onboarding and training. Since we know we will need to train our engineers on a domain that is relatively poorly understood, this also gives us the opportunity to use the same internal tooling to train on software engineering and our stack.

And through this training, we hope to not only identify your talent faster, but develop it so that you grow professionally during your tenure at Flashpoint.

We grow our engineers through training and through providing opportunities for growth via tech leading projects, cross-team initiatives, etc.

We have career pathing documentation that provides a track for engineers to know how to improve in order to get promoted or where they can cross over into similar roles.

Some concluding thoughts

We want you to grow as an engineer while with us. You will get solid experience working with multiple teams creating and maintaining production systems. You will also gain experience working on cross-trained teams where individual team members actively participate in vulnerability remediation, incident management, and Continuous Integration, Deployment, and Delivery. Your working environment will support your growth as your team and the company grow. You will have the opportunity to implement new technology instead of always being locked in to decisions made years ago.

We want to train you to always leave things better than you found them, and for you to eventually leave us (if you must!) in a stronger, more successful, happier state than when you first began at Flashpoint.

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