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Jim has over twenty-two years’ experience in sales, operations and executive management primarily focused in information security. His eleven years as a federal agent provided the opportunity to work a variety of highly publicized cases both in the United States and globally. Jim specializes in helping early to mid-stage companies develop revenue though services and product sales, build effective sales organizations and manage explosive growth.
Most recently, Jim was one of the founders and the Chief Operating Officer of Mandiant (acquired by FireEye, Inc.), an information security start-up focused on incident response and computer forensics. He drove corporate strategy, initial revenue development and delivery, as well as building the sales program, which resulted in an average of 90% annual revenue growth over four years.
Previously, Jim held executive and management positions in both sales and consulting organizations to include Trident Data Systems (acquired by Veridian), Veritect (acquired by General Dynamics), Foundstone (acquired by McAfee) and Oakley Networks (acquired by Raytheon). Jim’s last Law Enforcement position was serving as the Deputy Director of Computer Crime Investigations for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. In this role, he provided oversight and onsite investigation into the penetration of the Department of Defense’s systems around the globe. He appeared as an expert witness in both the United States and the United Kingdom on highly publicized cases. Jim’s field experience includes numerous undercover operations in counter-narcotics and specialized operations as a part of the national surveillance team.
Jim holds a B.S. in Computer Science from St. Michael’s College and is a regular presenter and guest lecturer on proactive information security and incident response. Jim authored a chapter in Hacker Challenge and numerous articles in IT security publications.
Alex Ferrara is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he focuses on investments in the software and consumer Internet sectors. Technology is a personal passion; Alex is a former developer with a background in electrical engineering, and he still enjoys coding classic games. He follows the consumer and enterprise security markets closely. He is passionate about the intersection of financial services and technology, where he specializes in market structure-related investments and capital market technologies.
Alex’s investments include: Dashlane, Pipedrive, Hootsuite, Alibaba Group (BABA), Yodle (acq. Web.com), Shopify (SHOP), Teamviewer (acq. Permira), Wix (WIX), Pure Networks (acq. Cisco), Activ Financial, Rocketrip, OMGPOP (acq. Zynga) and SelectMinds (acq. Oracle).
Alex lives in Larchmont, NY with his wife and daughter. Outside of work, he enjoys competing in triathlons, a hobby he picked up from the CEO of New Voice Media, a BVP portfolio company. He is also an avid cyclist. Alex holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), is a $4B venture capital firm, investing in startups at every stage, in every corner of the globe. Many of today’s most exciting category leaders are BVP funded, including Pinterest (BVP is the largest shareholder and first invested in 2011), Blue Apron (BVP first funded with a seed investment), Fuze (BVP first invested in 2012) and Snapdeal (2011 marked BVP first investment). BVP track record of outstanding investments includes 117 IPOs (most recently Twilio, Shopify, Box, Mindbody and Wix) Along the way, we’ve seen a number of our most exciting and innovative startups become part of something larger. Recent examples include: Periscope (seed funded by Bessemer) which sold to Twitter before even launching a product and is now industry-standard for streaming live-video, Twitch, which was acquired by Amazon for ~$1B, and Skybox Imaging, which was bought by Google in 2014, marking the first big acquisition in the new race for Space.
Based in Bethesda, MD, Aldrich Capital Partners was formed by experienced investors and operators who are successful entrepreneurs in their own right. The firm was started with the philosophy of “being the entrepreneurs behind the entrepreneur,” helping private, entrepreneur-run companies attain their growth objectives by tapping into the resources, knowledgebase and network of relationships of the ACP organization, a team that has been responsible for over $1B+ in technology investments over the past decade, resulting in multiple $1B+ outcomes. For more information, visit www.aldrichcap.com.
Paladin Capital Group is a leading multi-stage private equity firm comprised of individuals with a proven track record of financial expertise, and national security experience.
We provide capital and strategic guidance to growing companies in the IT, telecommunications and alternative energy sectors. The firm focuses on companies with products and services that are “dual use” in nature, serving both commercial and government customers.Paladin has over $950 million dollars of committed capital across multiple funds and has invested in over 50 portfolio companies.
For more information, visit www.paladincapgroup.com.
Prior to co-founding Aldrich Capital Partners, Mr. Raheel (“Raz”) Zia was a Managing Director in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman, Sachs & Co. based in San Francisco, where he helped launch the Growth Equity investing practice. Over the course of his private equity investing career, he has invested $480mm equity capital in growing technology companies, resulting in numerous successful outcomes in the form of Initial Public Offerings, Strategic Sales and other Liquidity events.
He has worked extensively with growing, entrepreneurial businesses and helped many executives and entrepreneurs attain their growth objectives, supporting management in areas such as sales & marketing, international expansion, acquisitions, new product launches and R&D.
Christopher Steed is a Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group and joined PhishMe’s Board of Directors in the summer of 2012. Prior to joining Paladin in 2008, Chris was a Client Associate with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group (PBIG), the ultra-high-net-worth division of its Private Client Group, where he worked with the KKM Team, Merrill’s preeminent and largest team with assets under management exceeding $11.5 billion.
Kevin is the CEO of security software company FireEye. He previously held the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer since December 2013 when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company Kevin founded in 2004 and had served as chief executive officer. Prior to Mandiant, Kevin served as the director of computer forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, and as the director of information security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000.
Nick Lantuh joined the PhishMe Board of Directors in February 2013. He was the Founder & President of NetWitness Corporation (sold to EMC in 2011) where he raised funding, built a management team and ran day to day operations from inception to sale (2006 – 2011), culminating in a #21 overall ranking on the 2010 Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US and a #1 ranking for Inc.’s Fastest Growing Software Company in the US.
Aaron is the Co-Founder and CTO of PhishMe, Inc. directing all aspects of development and research that drives the feature set of this market leading solution. The PhishMe method for awareness training was incubated from consulting services provided by Intrepidus Group, a company that Aaron Co-Founded with Rohyt Belani in 2007.
Rohyt has over 13 years of experience in the information security industry with prior roles including – Co-founder & CEO of Intrepidus Group (acquired by NCC Group), Managing Director at Mandiant, Principal Consultant at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee), and Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is a contributing author for Hack Notes – Network Security and Extrusion Detection: Security Monitoring for Internal Intrusions.
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