15 Cybersecurity VCs You Should Know

Luke Wagner

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With the continued surge to work-from-home, companies all over the world are becoming more dependent on cloud-based and collaborative services such as Slack, Zoom, Notion, and more. Where there is business, there is capital. Below, we list out security-focused VC firms to keep an eye out for.

ForgePoint Capital

ForgePoint Capital is founded by pioneers of cybersecurity. Led by Alberto Yepez, Donald Dixon, and Sean Cunningham, ForgePoint has been early-stage investing since 1998 and made over 50 investments in the space. They offer some thoughts and insight into their take on cybersecurity throughout their blog.

  • Investment location: United States, Australia, Canada, Global
  • Funding stages: Series A, Series B, Series C
  • Notable investments: RapidFort, Instabug, TruEra

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Dreamit Ventures

Dreamit Ventures looks to help startups with their Securetech program. Throughout this, their focus is on scaling, customers, and capital, not on building your product. Mel Shakir stands as the Managing Director of Dreamit’s Securetech sector.

  • Investment location: United States, Global
  • Funding stages: Accelerator, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
  • Notable investments: Fohlio, CareAlign, SpecTrust

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Option 3 Ventures

Option 3 Ventures finds and develops attractive investment opportunities at the frontiers of cybersecurity and immediately adjacent technologies. They have a robust venture capital team, led by Manish Thakur.

  • Investment location: United States
  • Funding stages: Series A, Series B
  • Notable investments: Dellfer

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TenEleven Ventures

TenEleven Ventures is solely focused on helping cybersecurity companies survive and thrive. They look to provide counsel, capital, and connections to security entrepreneurs. The Boston-based firm is led by Alex Doll and Max Hatfield.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth
  • Notable investments: HiddenLayer, Immuta, Ordr

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Allegis Cyber Capital

AllegisCyber Capital does one thing: cybersecurity. Cybersecurity takes industry knowledge and AllegisCyber has many years of investing experience, led by Bob Ackerman.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Notable investments: Dragos, SkyHive, SafeGuard Cyber

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Paladin Capital Group

Paladin Capital Group is comprised of active investors who leverage their deep industry experience and networks to maximize returns. They are a DC-based team led by Michael Steed, Mark Maloney, and more.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Series A, Series B
  • Notable investments: GreyNoise, Nisos, Semperis

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Acrew Capital

Acrew Capital is a venture capital firm that provides investable assets for diverse angel investors to fund tomorrow’s companies.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
  • Notable investments: Arthur, Carats & Cake, Pie Insurance

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Greylock Partners

This venture capital firm invests in all stages, exclusively in consumer and enterprise software companies. It led the Series B round for both Facebook and Linkedin.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
  • Notable investments: Facebook, LinkedIn

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Kleiner Perkins

Kleiner Perkins is a venture capital firm specializing in investing in early-stage, incubation, and growth companies.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Series A, Series B, Growth
  • Notable investments: SpinLaunch, Lumafield, Open Raven

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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that is engaged in the consumer, enterprise, technology, and cleantech markets.

  • Investment location: United States, China, India, Israel
  • Funding stages: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
  • Notable investments: Remedial Health, Soda Health, Community Labs

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Bessemer Venture Partners

Bessemer Venture Partners is the world’s most experienced early-stage venture capital firm. With a portfolio of more than 200 companies, Bessemer helps visionary entrepreneurs lay strong foundations to create companies that matter, and supports them through every stage of their growth.

  • Investment location: United States, Bay Area
  • Funding stages: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Notable investments: LinkedIn, Shopify, Yelp

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SixThirty focuses on Fintech, Insurtech, and Cybertech. They are a fast-moving company that evaluates over 500 companies per year. SixThirty invests in companies that have a working product, market traction, and in most instances, recurring revenue.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Seed, Series A
  • Notable investments: Global

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NightDragon brings 25+ years of industry operating experience and market expertise to our portfolio companies. They work hand in hand with management to help scale their business and execute their strategic vision to drive successful outcomes.

  • Investment location: Global
  • Funding stages: Series B
  • Notable investments: Immuta, Source Defense, Capella Space

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Security Leadership Capital

Security Leadership Capital seeks to partner with a wide range of what would be considered “standalone” cybersecurity companies as well as other sectors that require a strong cybersecurity foundation to differentiate their offering, e.g. fintech, healthcare IT, blockchain, and cloud/datacenter infrastructure.

  • Investment location: United States
  • Funding stages: Seed
  • Notable investments: DeepFactor

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Lytical Ventures

Lytical Ventures is a New York City-based venture firm investing in Corporate Intelligence, comprising cybersecurity, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. Lytical’s professionals have decades of experience in direct investing generally and in Corporate Intelligence specifically.

  • Investment location: United States
  • Funding stages: Seed, Series A
  • Notable investments: Careviso, Clausematch, Bold Metrics

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