SSW Episode26

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Interview: William Lin, Trident Capital Cybersecurity

Will Lin is a Vice President at Trident Capital Cybersecurity. Will has worked with and deployed more than $60 million across 10 cybersecurity companies to date. He is a board observer for 4iQ, Bayshore Networks and ID Experts.

Cybersecurity-Focused Fundraising (How, Why, What):

  • How does a VC think
  • Art of Early Stage Investing
  • How do you find companies and decide to make investments
  • What is different from seed, early stage and late stage
  • Difference from Engineer & Entrepreneur

  • 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?

Startup Stories

Michael's Stories

Paul's Stories


Startup & Security Notes of Interest

It's getting busy. I have this many already lined up for next week's show, too. Be sure to join us to see what else is happening in the world of startup security.

Security Startup StackPath Buys Again

Trident Capital spins out cybersecurity-focused firm and launches $300 million fund

Five Reasons VCs Are Bullish About This Year's Outlook for Startups

Security chatbot startup Demisto raises $20 million

Cloud security startup raises $22 million led by GV

Convercent raises $10 million to help companies with compliance issues

VC Firms Back Record Number of Cybersecurity Startups in 2016

The Startup Journey: Updates

Michael's Journey:

  • 3 big ideas
  • The opposite of Straight Talk
  • Getting your security project unstuck

What I published recently

Paul's Journey