Trident Capital Cybersecurity (TCC) is the world's largest venture capital fund dedicated solely to cybersecurity early stage investing. The firm is a spinout of Trident Capital, which became one of the pioneers in cybersecurity venture capital investing in 1998. Managing Directors Sean Cunningham, Don Dixon, Ken Gonzalez and Alberto Yepez jointly lead the investment team that includes Principal- Will Lin and Vice President Andrew McClure. Collectively the team has more than 50 years of investment experience. This experience translates into an excellent record: 35 investments and 17 exits. These exits generated returns greater than six times the invested capital.
Today we invest in these five areas: 1) Internet of Things, 2) Secure Payments and Fraud, 3) Next-Generation Identity Platforms, 4) Behavioral Analytics, and 5) Privacy and Security. Our portfolio companies include 4iQ, Appthority, Attivo Networks, Bayshore Networks, ID Experts and IronNet Cybersecurity, Prevoty and Reversing Labs. Additionally other active, prior investments for the partnership include AlienVault, BlueCat Networks, Hytrust and Mocana.
One major differentiator is our well established and powerful 47-person Advisory Council. This is a blue-ribbon group that includes current cybersecurity entrepreneurs, CEOs of private and public companies, CISOs of major organizations, and former government security leaders. The firm collaborates with the Advisory Council on sourcing deals, evaluating prospective investments, building portfolio company value, and finding reference customers and go-to-market partners to help scale our portfolio company businesses. The Advisory Council is one of the main reasons that Trident Capital Cybersecurity is known as the most connected venture capital firm in our industry.
“We invested in Trident Capital Cybersecurity because of their deep market knowledge, cyber investment track record and powerful cybersecurity network. This is a differentiated focused firm."
We believe in the power of personal relationships to make big things happen and not just in your business.
Engaging our networks within the cyber community on behalf of our companies is what we do every day. We like to nurture new relationships and share the insights we learn.
Successful connections lead to better outcomes.
Our track record speaks for itself: 35 cybersecurity investments and 17 successful exits. Exits including Solera's acquisition by BlueCoat in 2013, Qualys' IPO in 2012, Accertify’s acquisition by American Express in 2010, Sygate's acquisition by Symantec in 2006 and Signio's acquisition by VeriSign in 2000. We've been successful in cybersecurity through many decades.
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Trident Drives Global Business Strategy
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Our firm’s priority is to help build a safer, more secure world. Daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable and resilient cyberspace and infrastructure.
We are cybersecurity investors at our core and understand the overlapping needs for technology innovation in numerous industries including financial services, retail, manufacturing and healthcare.
We’re investing our capital primarily in Series A and B companies, but looking at growth equity as well.
We are thesis-based investors in cybersecurity and are currently focused on the following areas:
Greater cybersecurity will enable more economic growth and prosperity. Having been an entrepreneur in cybersecurity starting in 1995, I have a deep appreciation of what it takes to build and scale successful companies. I am eager to share my experience with entrepreneurs and to connect them with the extensive network of relationships I have cultivated over the years."
America’s economic prosperity, national security, and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet. The Internet must remain an engine for economic growth and a platform for the free exchange of ideas."
Hackers are financially, politically and now “morally” motivated and are challenging our cybersecurity daily. To address this situation, entrepreneurs are developing unique technologies, and enterprises are willing to adopt these innovations from early stage startups."
Cybersecurity is an excellent investment market. Growth is fueled by sophisticated hackers who continuously innovate their tools and techniques, and the need for organizations to defend against them. Adding to that, we have a web of local, national and industry-wide regulations mandating compliance requirements. Together they drive cybersecurity spend and ultimately the growth of the security companies."