SeedPlus is a Singapore-based seed-stage venture firm. The firm invests in early stage companies in software-as-a-service, financial technology, artificial intelligence and cyber security sectors based in Singapore.
Shawn Carpenter is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Three Tree Ventures, an early-stage technology startup investment fund that backs exceptional entrepreneurs that are applying technology to market segments with high caps that have had a historically incorrect, ineffective and/or insufficient level of technology application. Additionally, Three Tree Ventures prefers to invest in startups as early as possible, has historically only invested in product companies, and prefers to invest in organizations with one or more U.S. military veteran founder(s). Shawn has also been an LP and Advisor to CrossCut Ventures (http://www.crosscut.vc/home) located in Los Angeles, CA, for over four years. Mr. Carpenter is a globally respected cyber security expert with a broad range of successful early-stage investments, including Compass, Privateer Holdings, Awake Security, GroupSense, White Ops, ThreatGRID (acquired by Cisco), RideScout (acquired by Daimler AG), InAuth (acquired by American Express) and Efflux Systems (acquired by NETSCOUT Systems). Mr. Carpenter is known for his acumen for advising early stage innovators. He has successfully helped Three Tree Ventures portfolio entrepreneurs and their companies raise capital for pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A investment rounds, navigate rough waters, acquire key talent and customers, and help develop short and long-term business strategies. He currently advises CrossCut Ventures, Trinity Cyber, TruSTAR Technology, Cybraics, AgentHero, GroupSense, uStadium and Netswitch Technology Management. He has held key positions at startups where he was an early employee — Principal Forensics Analyst at NetWitness, Chief Technical Analyst at iSIGHT, Chief Strategy Officer at Invotas, and Senior Vice President of Cyber at Cybraics. One of his passions is being the Technical Advisor for a non-profit 501(c)3 founded by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, and a close friend, Jessica Stern — Connect Our Kids (http://www.connectourkids.org). The organization is applying modern technologies like artificial intelligence and data science to the United States foster care system to improve outcomes. His experience and successful entrepreneurial background (e.g. NetWitness, iSIGHT Partners, Invotas) are coupled with deep technical skills honed while pioneering cyber security protocols for the federal government and working at NetWitness and iSIGHT Partners over the past two decades. Shawn is also a veteran of the US Navy, and qualified as a nuclear operator and chemist during his six years of service in the US Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPS Class 9203). Shawn also worked as a senior cyber security analyst for almost six years as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) at Sandia National Laboratories. He discovered one of the first documented penetrations of US Government networks. After joining NetWitness as one of the first employees, he helped architect, implement and stand up the Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) — at the time the largest deployment of NetWitness gear for a federal client. Mr. Carpenter also worked as a senior analyst at the US Department of State's Cyber Threat Analysis Team (CTAD) from 2004-2007; he was a key member of the 2005 CTAD team that was awarded the prestigious Frank B. Rowlett Trophy For Organizational Achievement by the National Security Agency. Shawn has been tinkering with computers since he bought his first computer, a TRS-80 Model I, in late 1978 at the age of 10. He has been curious about almost everything since he was born, and enjoys playing slide guitar, banjo and trumpet, metal detecting with his kids, climbing tall trees, building forts high in tall trees, lucid dreaming, experimenting with brain/machine interfaces, building robotic banshees, and hacking all of the things. Mr. Carpenter has a particular affection for blues and jazz, and is an investor in a John Coltrane biography — ''Chasing Trane'' (https://www.coltranefilm.com). His investments span everything from being the first money in at Rumi Spice (https://www.rumispice.com), a sustainable saffron growing enterprise founded by three West Point graduates that served in Herat, Afghanistan, that three years later is the largest private employer of Afghan women in the world, with over 2000 women employees. In May 2017, Mark Cuban became an investor in the saffron startup. In September of 2018, Rumi Spice's saffron became available nationwide in all Whole Food Markets. Shawn is a native of Sioux Falls, SD, and credits his very patient wife -- Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, his Mother, his brother, Shane, South Dakota roots, and mentors and friends like Aaron Walters, Amit Yoran, Paul Garrett, Fraser Verrusio, Jeff Cesnik, Mischel Kwon, Kendall Millard, Gary Golomb, Paul Kurtz, Dave Haugen (his high school band director) and many, many others for his scrappiness, successes and ability to recover from failures.
Benhamou Global Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California. The firm operates at the intersection of IT enterprise, early-stage venture investing and cross border innovation. It emphasizes on cloud technologies like virtual and software defined networking, productivity based customer centric applications, cyber security, mobility and the industrial internet of things. It was founded in 2003 with an additional office in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Jonathon Perrelli is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at LifeFuels. He started Fortify.vc in May of 2011 after founding, leading and exiting four startups over the past 17 years. He has been a successful Angel, investing in startups such as Plaxo, FormSpring, and numerous Cyber-Security firms, and is now a venture capitalist focused on the seed and early stage. Prior to "joining the dark side", Jonathon was the founder and CEO of SecureForce, a cyber security solutions provider serving the US Intelligence and DoD, as well as some of the country's largest corporations. He continues to provide strategic leadership as chairman of SecureForce. Other startups that he has co-founded include; Plesk (renamed "Parallels") which is the largest platform for hosting automation in the world, The Shadow Group (acquired, and now part of BAE Systems), SecureSoftware (acquired by Foritfy Software, and subsequently by HP), and eTantrum which was the "other half of Napster" and ended up a casualty of the dot-com era. An early employee at UUNET (the largest ISP in the world now owned by Verizon) in the mid 1990's, Jonathon served in various roles over a five-year period. Jonathon received his BS in Finance from Virginia Tech. Perrelli serves as the chairman and founder at Secureforce. He also serves as a board member of 410 Labs. He also served as Managing Director at Fortify Ventures.
TLV Partners is a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in innovative A-round startups and seed, early stage investments. The firm prefers to invest i software enterprise, cyber security, mobile, marketing, internet of things and analytics sectors. The firm was founded in 2015 and is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
BMW i Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of BMW Group. The firm makes early to later stage investments in the technology and customer services space specially in the Autonomous Driving, Digital Car and Automotive Cloud, e-mobility, AI, data, cyber security, industry, mobility and energy sectors. It was founded in 2011 and is located in Mountain View and San Francisco, California; New York, New York and Munich, Germany.
Ray Rothrock serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at RedSeal Networks. He also serves as a Partner at Venrock, an Advisor at Mark43, the Chairman at Transatomic Power, and a Board Member at CTERA and DriveScale. His areas of investment expertise include energy, information technology infrastructure and cyber security. His successful investments include Check Point Software Technology (NASDAQ: CHKP), the world leader in Internet security, DoubleClick (NASDAQ: DCLK) subsequently acquired and scores of others. He is a director of the National Venture Capital Association and chair-elect for the 2012-13 term. He earned his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, an S.M. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He is a Investor in Cloudflare.
Skycure acquired by Symantec
Adi Sharabani is the CEO and co-founder of Skycure. A world-renowned security expert with years of experience in enterprise software, Adi was formerly the leader of security for IBM software products. He came to IBM through the acquisition of Watchfire, a market leader in the field of application security, where Adi built and led its security and research group. Adi holds more than 25 patents in the security space, and his works, presentations and keynotes are regularly given the highest accolades at prestigious conferences. Adi earned a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from Tel Aviv University, and is a fellow in Professor Yuval’s workshop for science, technology and security. Committed to cyber security education, Adi has been a teacher and education advisor, playing a key role in the vision and implementation of the cyber defense curriculum for high school students in Israel majoring in cyber security. After compiling decades of leadership in cyber security, Adi co-founded Skycure with the central idea of improving mobile security with a more proactive and predictive Mobile Threat Defense solution. In an interview for the RSA Conference blog, Adi notes, “Organizations [need] the ability to evolve to address the changing nature of [mobile security] attacks… for the most part, devices are simply running naked.” Adi embraces cyber security research and development, realizing that only through targeted research and continuous innovation can mobile security evolve into intelligent and highly active security for organizations.
Columbia Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in companies operating in the internet infrastructure, media, mobile, cloud technology, cyber security and information technology sectors. The firm was founded in 1989 and is based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Andrew’s executive and entrepreneurial experience spans nearly 20 years in B2C and B2B, for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Andrew founded and sold three technology companies and today is the CEO and Founder of ClosedLoop.ai. In 2012 Andrew co-founded the mobile software company Boxer. Boxer develops mobile productivity software for individuals and large corporations. Boxer's flagship email product was downloaded by millions of users and received significant industry praise for its exceptional user interface, including a 2015 Webby Nomination as one of the top 5 productivity applications in the world. Boxer was purchased by VMWare (one of the top 10 largest software companies in the world) in 2015. Prior to Boxer, Andrew co-founded the cyber security firm Ciphent in 2007. Ciphent grew to nearly 100 employees with 1,000 customers by 2010 before being acquired by Accuvant (now Optiv). With a three year growth rate of 8900%, Ciphent was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the #16th Fastest Growing Private Company in the United States. During his tenure as SVP of Services at Accuvant, Andrew oversaw a $50mm, 200 person organization and was responsible for doubling revenues in 18 months. Andrew also served as CEO of Bodkin Consulting Group where he worked with Fortune 500 brands and technology companies to define their interactive marketing strategies. Andrew began his career as a software architect working with NASA, i2 technologies, and the US Marine Corps. Andrew graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virgina Tech with a degree in Management Information Technology. Andrew lives in Austin TX with his two daughters and champion “Dock Dog” Sophie.
Blu Venture Investors. LLC
Steven Chen is a Principal of Blu Venture investors. Currently Cofounder and CEO of Power Fingerprinting (cyber security), Board observer of ThreatQuotient, Board member of TrackOFF and N5 Sensors. Formerly founder and CEO of 3eTI (acquired by EFJohnson in 2006). Also served as CEO of Totus Solutions, CTO of EFJohnson, and VP of PCB Piezotronics.
Greg Martin is US based entrepreneur, investor and cyber security expert who previously founded Anomali and is now the CEO and Co-Founder of Cyber Security company: JASK. Prior to JASK, Greg was a cyber security consultant to the FBI, NASA and the US Secret Service.
Sapphire Ventures. LLC.
Anders has been investing at Sapphire Ventures since 2012. Currently, he is a board director or observer at Alation, Auth0, Feedzai, InfluxData and Portworx. He is interested in next-generation enterprise infrastructure, data management, and cyber security solutions, as well as the intersection of autonomy, robotics and disruptive technologies. Anders’ previous investments at Sapphire include: Cyphort (acquired by Juniper), Iron.io (acquired by Xenon Ventures). Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, Anders was an executive at SAP for 12 years in product management and strategy. Anders was also chief of staff to CTO and executive board member of SAP. He worked closely on the acquisition of Business Objects and Sybase by SAP among others. Anders was born in Trondheim, Norway and has lived in Paris, South Dakota and California. He has an MBA and a bachelors’ in management from the University of South Dakota.