We are here for bold founders who will build the world’s most important cyber companies

Gili Raanan

Founder

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“I created Cyberstarts to discover and closely nurture the next generation of innovators who will build the most important cybersecurity companies.”

Gili has been a valued first investor and mentor for more than 20 companies including Armis, Moovit, Adallom, Onavo, Wiz, Fireblocks, and many more.

Gili brings his vast hands-on experience to every investment, having built two enterprise software companies from zero to acquisitions by EMC and IBM. He won the coveted Israel Defense Presidential Prize in 1996 for his decade of service for the Israeli intelligence agency and the Israeli Defense Forces Innovation Award
in 1992.

Gili is the recognized inventor of the CAPTCHA, one of the world’s most popular security algorithms, built the first WAF (web application firewall) and holds 10 other US patents in the fields of security and application management. It is Gili’s passion and pleasure to share this breadth and depth of experience with Cyberstarts founders through their journeys.

Gili is an avid sports enthusiast – especially soccer and basketball. Watching, not practicing.

Gili is also a General Partner at Sequoia Capital since 2009.

Lior Simon

General Partner

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“I’m privileged to invest in the world’s best cyber talent, and to spend my everyday and mentoring them from ideation to growth.”

For over a decade I have seen from deep inside enterprise decision-chambers how pioneering entrepeneurs with refreshing agility can move markets and break barriers.

I’ve experienced the unparalleled thrill of growing companies from investing first money at Sequoia and later as Founder of Arbor Ventures in Israel, investing in leading companies including Forter, Fundbox and Planck.

This insatiable appetite to identify, nurture and collaborate with the sharpest entrepeneurial minds lured me to join Gili at Cyberstarts where I knew we could play a significant role in the nurture of the most important cyber companies to global markets.

Lior, loves yoga – especially the clarity and perspective that disconnecting affords; also playing strategic games and snowboarding, but not at the same time.

Jason Clark

Chairman of the CISO Advisory board

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Jason Clark brings decades of experience executing successful strategic security programs and business strategies to Cyberstarts as the Chairman of the CISO Advisory board. Jason is also Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Netskope. Jason started his career by breaking the mold and heading to the Air Force rather than his family legacy of Army service. Following his military service, he became a CISO for the New York Times at age 26 and kept building from there. Jason advises, “You should always be seeking out jobs you’re actually not qualified for. I think that’s how you grow. If you know you could do the job, and you’ve got half the skills, go for it.” Jason aspires to a legacy of increasing diversity in the cybersecurity industry and founded a non-profit to do just that.

We have spent years building industry leading companies. We bring this trove of experience and relationships to every venture we invest in.

Cyberstarts was the brainchild of many deep conversations with our most successful cyber peers to distill the holy grail that enabled us to build important companies. 

It soon became clear that the trajectory to success is determined at a venture’s earliest start. That our deep inside perspective and highly engaged network during this critical earliest stage were unique ingredients in our successes. By aggregating these close relationships for entrepreneurs who we believe in, we knew that we can create incredible value for our tight network of CISOs who enjoy the earliest access to solutions that they help to define.

These peers became investors and Cyberstarts became the only VC primarily funded by the industry’s most successful cybersecurity founders.

 

You won’t hear about our newest startups

Since, at their most critical earliest stage, they are busy. They’re deep in the cyber industry’s inner circles developing critical solutions for their greatest and most pressing challenges. They are learning from fellow Cyberstarts portfolio founders who are several strides ahead in their journeys, and from our investors who are the world’s most successful cyber entrepreneurs.

But once you do hear about them, you’ll hear about them big time…

… because by then, they are on their accelerated trajectory to success.  With a proven product-market fit and dream customers from day one, our companies gain the financial power they need early on to grow and conquer their markets.

These milestones are part of our Sunrise Methodology, our cyber success playbook that has been working time and again for our companies.

Sunrise Methodology

Our inside perspective and meaningful relationships from deep within the cyber industry are woven into the core of our unique Sunrise Methodology.

Highly engaged CISOs and close collaboration with the cyber industry’s most successful entrepreneurs help to shape our companies from their very first steps of product ideation and product-market fit.

With proven traction and financial backing straight out of stealth, our companies are on their ascent to great cyber market success.