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Cylance, Inc. Launches & Comes Out of Stealth Mode…!

February 13th, 2013 Comments off

Cylance, Inc. today formally announced $15 million in funding from Khosla Ventures and Fairhaven Capital, along with the Board of Directors and Advisors that have been put in place to help guide the company for the years ahead. While this day is merely the culmination of months of hard work by a team I have come to admire over the last 7-months, it still feels fantastic to take a day and celebrate the accomplishments of the team and what we have to look forward to. The full details of the press release can be found on our website at www.cylance.com .

A bigger affirmation for the mission and future of this company are the backers and advisors that have come on board. Khosla Ventures was founded by Vinod Khosla in 2004 where he was formerly a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins, as well as a co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Fairhaven Capital is a venture capital firm focused on themes in the enterprise, physical technologies, media infrastructure, and security markets. Both are neither strangers to technology, nor are they a stranger to the talent and abilities of Stuart McClure, the founder of Cylance.

In addition to the funding, Stuart has been able to assemble an incredibly high caliber Board of Directors and Advisors with additions that include Patrick Heim, former Kaiser Permanente CSO and now Chief Trust Officer at Salesforce.com, Admiral William J. Fallon, U.S. Navy (Retired) former Commander, U.S. Central and U.S. Pacific Commands, and Alex Doll, former co-founder and COO of PGP who sold to Symantec in 2010, who will guide the Company to achieve its goals. With this Board pedigree, Cylance has a deep and diverse team to help guide the Company. An equally talented Board of Advisors brings together a diverse group of experts to solve the complex security problems that the industry currently faces. Advisors include: Paul Forney (Invensys), David Willson (Army/NSA), Shane Shook (KPMG/PwC), Robert Bigman (CIA), Stewart Baker (Steptoe/NSA), Alex Nazaruk (GetCo), Michael Rauchman (GetCo), Eric Culp (formerly of ESRI), and Joseph Gabbert (formerly of McAfee and EMC).

The team here at Cylance has an incredible opportunity, and a fantastic level of support to carry out the mission at hand. As I’ve written in previous posts, it’s all about delivering on what you promise and driving high levels of performance. With the team and backing that has been assembled, this is merely the first step. There’s more to come, but it feels great to formally step out from behind the curtain and share more detail about what has been assembled for the future.

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Jeffrey Ishmael

There’s No Other Lane Than The Fast Lane…

December 5th, 2012 Comments off

If you’ve ever worked for a start-up or been associated with one, then you know there is no other lane available than the fast lane. You also know that, unlike traditional corporate environments, there’s not a clear cut segregation of duties. On your first day, after you’ve signed all the requisite paperwork, you’re given a broad selection of hats to wear…all of which need to be worn on a daily basis. In my case, I eagerly picked up hats for Finance, Operations, HR, Legal, and Purchasing. While many would scoff at having to take on functions they feel didn’t apply to them, it’s a great opportunity to help shape the foundation of the company and know exactly what levers are being put into place to pull at a later time. After spending months in the fast lane and staying head down, it’s pretty satisfying to see the efforts of the team play out with some of our recent changes and announcements.

After running stealth behind a 1-page static homepage, we launched our first revision of our website. We have some great talent coordinating the effort and the finished site is a product of that. It’s exciting to be able to actually start directing folks to the site who are constantly asking what we have been about, but until now, have been silent on our efforts. www.cylance.com

We also announced our acquisition of Skout Forensics, which is our second acquisition. Skout Forensics, based in the Washington, DC Metro Area, will be integrated into Cylance’s development team to enhance its own forensics technology roadmap and merge into Cylance’s professional services team to expand its already advance forensics capabilities.

While we’re allowing a little light to shine on our accomplishments this week, there are obviously more great things to come and we’ll continue to keep a laser focus on what needs to be accomplished.

Thanks for reading…

Jeffrey Ishmael