- 1 Featured Interview/Opening Discussion
- 2 Interview: Eddy Bobritsky, Minerva Labs
- 3 Startup Stories
- 4 Startup & Security Notes of Interest
- 5 The Startup Journey: Updates
Featured Interview/Opening Discussion
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Interview: Eddy Bobritsky, Minerva Labs
Cyber and Information Security Expert with 13+ years of experience. After 7 years in different cyber units at the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Eddy was self-employed, senior consultant for the defense and finance industries, leading country level cyber security projects. During the military service as an officer, he and Minerva’s CTO Erez Breiman led the largest endpoint protection project in Israel. Eddy understands the cyber security world inside and out, and is passionate about creating disruptive innovations. Eddy’s main goal is to 'keep things simple' in order to help businesses operate seamlessly, which is why he started Minerva Labs. Eddy has Master's degree in Business Management and Information Technology.
- What is unique about running a security startup?
- How about moving from a services/consulting company to a product company?
- What are some unique things investors are interested in when talking to security startups?
- Where are the best opportunities in the market for security startups?
- What advice do you have for those who may have an idea and want to create a security startup?
- What are some of the most exciting security startups in the industry right now and why?
- What advice do you have for enterprises looking at solution and considering (or not) a solution for a security startup?
- This is why 2017 is going to be a hell of a tough year for seed startups
- You Know Your Product Team is Failing — Do You Know Why? ==> Would you believe me if I told you that it’s almost always the same, fixable thing?
- Startup investors fret over risks of mass data collection ==> “But questions loom about how much personal information startups are collecting and how securely they store the data, with whom they share it and how they intend to use it.”
- The MVP you’ve probably never heard of ==> “At the core of what entrepreneurs choose to test in their MVP should be their riskiest assumption.”
- Your 90-Day Plan To Becoming An Entrepreneur
Startup & Security Notes of Interest
New trend: security executives entering investment space
Seeing a new trend now… security focused people starting/managing funds and investments. Curious to see the impact that has on security startups. You know we’ll track it here. [http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/21/blackstones-jay-leek-joins-florida-vc-firm-to-manage-300-million-security-fund/ Blackstone’s Jay Leek joins Florida VC firm to manage $300 million security fund]
GFI acquires Kerio
Turbonomic raised $50M
Turbonomic provides an autonomic cloud platform that allows enterprises to accelerate their adoption of virtual, cloud and container deployments.
- Series E round - $50M; $125M total
Cybellum raised $2.5M
CyBellum is a cyber security platform that prevents zero-day attacks and memory corruption.
- $2.5M seed round
SentinelOne raised $70M
SentinelOne develops an endpoint security software that detects, models and predicts threat behavior to block attacks.
- Ashton Kutcher Joins $70 Million Bet on Antivirus Replacer SentinelOne
- Series C for $70M; $109.5M total
The Startup Journey: Updates
- Launch of Straight Talk: Simple
- Two pathways -- Straight Talk: Simple Start and Straight Talk: Simple Roadmap
What I published recently
- Why security leaders need to include financial health when assessing security risk ==> interesting considerations - with connections to the startup and 3rd party risk world