Built, ran and financed by people like you

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Cyberstarts is not a financial vehicle. Nor is it a social club of successful business people. It is a first VC of its kind. The only fund in the world that is mostly financed by entrepreneurs from its domain of focus. It is built, ran and financed by people like you! Cyberstarts was born out of many hours of conversations among experienced successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs focused on identifying the most difficult cybersecurity challenges and solving them, while giving back to a younger generation of entrepreneurs.

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Cyberstarts’ vision is to become the leading platform for amazing teams of entrepreneurs to solve the next big problems of the cybersecurity world. Cyberstarts leverages the collective experience and networks of the best brains in the cybersecurity world.

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Cyberstarts aspires to partner with amazing entrepreneurs solving the most critical pain points in cybersecurity, and help them build the most important cybersecurity companies of the next 10 years.

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We are all here to support you by learning from our past mistakes and successes

Founders

We have been in your shoes. Numerous times. We have been in the ups and downs of every stage in the startup life. We know it is nothing but easy. We know how demanding it is. Therefore, our first goal is to help entrepreneurs build amazing businesses. This comes first and long before any financial incentive.

I think that Gili’s experience and domain expertise, added to the capabilities we bring as investors with vast experience in establishing companies and building innovative products, will help younger entrepreneurs build amazing companies

Shlomo KramerCheck Point, Imperva, Cato Networks Founder

In order to respond rapidly to the market’s needs, you must have deep understanding of the field, and this is a major advantage that our fund offers

Mickey BoodaeiImperva, Trusteer, and Transmit Founder

Palo Alto Networks became the largest independent enterprise cybersecurity company in ten years because of our relentless focus on the success of our customers. Cyberstarts has that same philosophy and will actively guide young entrepreneurs to do the right things

Nir ZukPalo Alto Networks Founder & CTO

Gili mentored Adallom from the early days and helped us in the process of defining the product and sharpening the solution and value-proposition until the sale of the company. I invested in the fund to help new generation of entrepreneurs receive the best mentoring and support from the dream team of the Israeli cybersecurity market

Assaf RapoportGeneral manager at Microsoft

Successful cyber security startups require a mix of an amazing product, great product positioning, ability to find and attract executive talent, access to customers and the global distribution channels, and lot of market credibility. You bring the product, Cyberstarts brings the rest.

Rakesh K. LoonkarTransmit Security President

Knowing Gili for many years, I am confident that Cyberstars and its unique composition of investors will play a key role in growing a new generation of leading cybersecurity start-ups

Roy ZisapelRadware CEO

Cyberstarts maximizes the symbiotic relationship between young and talented entrepreneurs and successful industry veterans

Amichai ShulmanImperva Founder

CISOs

Cyberstarts has partnered with a US-based group of Chief Information Security Officers that work closely with us to identify and rank pain points that will need to be solved in the near future. Our CISOs and market experts are ready to help your company figure out product-market fit, go-to market, pricing, procurement considerations and more.

My mission at Cyberstarts is to bring the world's top CISOs and security experts to work with a hand-picked group of innovative companies and bright technology entrepreneurs. Our team assists startups in finding the product market fit, creating awareness among our peers and driving adoption.Our ultimate goal is to help companies create simple solutions to today's most complex problems.

Jason ClarkChairmen of the CISO board

My goal is to drive needed change across the security landscape and help the industry evolve. I joined Cyberstarts’ CISO board to help entrepreneurs build effective solutions to the complex problems that we are all challenged with.

Dave EstliskCISO at Starbucks

There is an incredible group of security professionals behind Cyberstarts and I’m honored to join some of the brightest minds in the business, and collaborate with young cybersecurity entrepreneurs, helping them build game-changing companies in the security world.

Emily HeathCISO at United Airlines

As a recovering startup CEO I understand how important it is to get the customer view on the solution, minimal viable product and problem solution statement correct. Getting the product market fit right is incredibly important both for the entrepreneur and myself, the CSO, who is leveraging the technology. I'm honoured to join the world's most experienced CISOs and help young cybersecurity entrepreneurs achieve that.

James ChristiansenGlobal CISO at Teradata

Gili Raanan

Cyberstarts founder and General Partner

Gili is also a General Partner at Sequoia Capital (Israel) since 2009. Gili started and led two private companies in the enterprise software market till their acquisition by EMC and IBM. Earlier, Gili worked for 10 years at the Israeli Intelligence agency, and for this work, he was awarded the Israel Security Presidential award in 1996 and the Israeli Defense Forces Innovation award in 1992. Over the year, Gili’s innovation has been recognized in the 10 United States patents that he holds for various inventions in security and application management fields. Gili is also a recognized inventor of CAPTCHA, one of the world’s most popular security algorithms.

Gili Raanan

Cyberstarts founder and General Partner

Gili is also a General Partner at Sequoia Capital (Israel) since 2009. Gili started and led two private companies in the enterprise software market till their acquisition by EMC and IBM. Earlier, Gili worked for 10 years at the Israeli Intelligence agency, and for this work, he was awarded the Israel Security Presidential award in 1996 and the Israeli Defense Forces Innovation award in 1992. Over the year, Gili’s innovation has been recognized in the 10 United States patents that he holds for various inventions in security and application management fields. Gili is also a recognized inventor of CAPTCHA, one of the world’s most popular security algorithms.

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