Real Business first spotted nCipher in the year of its establishment, featuring it in our first ever "50 to Watch". We later highlighted the cluster of impressive security-related businesses that were developing in the UK; others being Sophos and Actinic. Former Real Business columnist and FT correspondent Richard Gourlay became a non-executive in the Cambridge firm.
It’s not been an easy ride for the pony-tailed brothers. A previous bid by US firm Safenet, which was blocked by the competition authorities, had valued nCipher at close to £100m. And the van Somerens stepped from their executive duties last year.
Still, they should be patting themselves on the back for a job well done over many years.