Paul Tourret and Steve Waite co-founded GeoTrust Europe & RapidSSL – a UK start-up, formed to be the European arm of GeoTrust Inc. Within 3 years they had grown the organisation to over 30 staff, spanning Europe and Australia and had achieved number one positions for SSL market share in the UK, Germany and Australia. As well as taking the GeoTrust security products to the European market, Paul and Steve also led the team responsible for strategising, launching, distributing and supporting GeoTrust’s entry level brand RapidSSL. RapidSSL.com was the fastest growing SSL brand for the period of 2005-2006 and contributed significantly to GeoTrust’s market share as the clear number two SSL Provider worldwide – behind only VeriSign.
VeriSign acquired GeoTrust Inc in 2006.