Meet Our Executive Team
Meet Our Management Team
J. Alberto Yépez
Managing Director, Trident Capital – Chairman of the Board
Alberto Yépez is Chairman of the Board of Directors of AlienVault and a Managing Director of Trident Capital. He joined the AlienVault board in July 2011 and became Chairman in January 2012. Alberto has more than 25 years of experience in growing innovative, industry-leading technology companies. He is an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur, actively investing in IT Security, Enterprise Software and Mobility. Alberto is Chairman of the Board of Mocana Corporation and Neohapsis, serves on the boards of AirTight Networks, BlueCat, and HyTrust and was an observer on the Qualys (QLYS) Board of Directors. In addition to his board work on behalf of Trident, Alberto is on the Board of Coveo, the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco and is Chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).
President & CEO, AlienVault
Barmak Meftah is a veteran of the technology industry with a passion for building and leading great teams. Over his 20 years of experience in enterprise software, he has assembled an incredible track record for delivering amazing products. Barmak saw in AlienVault a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine a tight-knit team of world-class technology managers with an amazing group of entrepreneurs.
Managing Partner, Adara
Alberto Gomez draws together experience in investment banking, corporate management and venture capital. Previously, he has worked at Telefónica (MD of its $400m Corporate Venture Capital unit), Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Alberto has been making venture capital investments since 2000 and brings 20 years of international experience in direct investment and financial transactions to Adara. He was Managing Director of Telefónica’s Corporate Venture Capital unit, responsible for $400m of investment in the information and communications technology sector.
Ken Goldman is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Yahoo!. In this role, he is responsible for Yahoo!’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations. Previously, Ken was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Fortinet, Inc., a provider of unified threat management solutions.
Managing Director, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Ted Schlein is a managing partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1996 with a focus on early-stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including ventures within the networking and consumer security arenas. Ted has led KPCB’s involvement in a number of successful investments, including Jive Software (JIVE), IPO, ArcSight (ARST), IPO, sold to HP; Beijing Venustech (002439:Shenzhen), IPO; Corio (CRIO), sold to IBM; Extensity (EXTN), sold to GEAC; Fortify Software, sold to HP; Internet Security Systems (ISSX), sold to IBM; and Oakley Networks, sold to Raytheon. Ted was the founding CEO of Fortify, a pioneer in the software security market and now an HP company. He serves on the board of directors of 3VR, 41st Parameter, Chegg, Inspirato, IronPlanet, Jive Software, Mandiant, Nebula, Reputation.com, Shape Security and Verdiem. He also oversees KPCB’s investments in LifeLock and Bit9.
Partner, GGV Capital
Glenn Solomon has been a Partner with GGV Capital since 2006 and has led the firm's investments in Pandora (NYSE: P), Successfactors (NYSE: SFSF/Acq by SAP), Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN/Acq by EMC), Quinstreet (NASDAQ: QNST), AlienVault, Square, Conviva, DOMO, Nimble Storage, Gridstore and Zendesk, helping the first four successfully navigate the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV’s investments in Appirio, BlueKai, Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com), Qunar, MediaV and China Talent Group (CTG). Glenn focuses on enterprise software-as-a-service (Saas), cloud infrastructure and mobile. He has been a member of the Forbes Midas list since 2009.
General Peter Pace
USMC (Ret.), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Armed Forces
General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.) served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the most senior position in the United States Armed Forces, from October 2005 to October 2007. In his capacity as chairman, he served as advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. Pace served as the Vice Chairman from 2001 to 2005.
John M. Jack
Board Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
John M. Jack (JJ) has over 30 years of sales, marketing, and executive management experience in the software industry. JJ was CEO at Fortify Software which was sold to Hewlett Packard and is now part of the the HP Enterprise Security Products Division. At Fortify Software, JJ was hand-picked by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers to lead the company which ultimately became the undisputed market leader in the software security space.
Stephen J. Harrick
General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)
Steve Harrick has over seventeen years of venture capital experience and focuses on investing in later-stage technology companies with exceptional growth potential. Specifically, Steve targets Internet, communications and technology-enabled service companies which have the potential to become leaders in their respective markets. Steve was recognized as one of the top 100 venture capitalists in the world by his inclusion in the 2009, 2012 and 2013 Forbes Midas Lists and the AlwaysOn 2009 VC 100 List. Steve has led IVP's investments in Aerohive Networks, AppDynamics, Aster Data, Ayasdi, Business.com, CafePress, eHealth, Eucalyptus Systems, LegalZoom, MarkMonitor, MySQL, Personal Capital, Pure Storage, RGB Networks, Spiceworks, Sumo Logic, Teros, ThreatStream, Tripwire, and Varolii. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ayasdi, Personal Capital, and Spiceworks. Before joining IVP, Steve worked for the Internet Capital Group (ICG) as Vice President of Acquisitions. Prior to ICG, Steve worked for Highland Capital Partners. Before entering the venture capital industry in 1997, Steve worked in new business development for Netscape Communications and as a Financial Analyst in Mergers and Acquisitions for Morgan Stanley. Steve earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Known for his pioneering work in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Julio Casal has been on the front-lines of the cyberwar long before it was given a name. He started his security career in the early days of the commercial Internet as a CISO for several ISP’s in Spain in the early 1990’s. Back then he was helping business customers and telcos like Telefonica understand the long term implications of cyber security threats.
Dominique started fiddling with computers when his father gave him his first Atari 2600 and Commodore 64, followed shortly thereafter by his first IBM PC in 1990. An avid gamer and true hacker, he had more fun “creating” extra ammo, getting more units and constructing different appearances than he did actually playing the games. Very early on, he was hooked on hacking and programming, which led to a passion for computer languages.
Managing Director, Trident Capital
Michael Biggee is a Managing Director of Trident Capital. Michael joined Trident in 2005 to focus on investments in IT Security, Cloud and Enterprise IT. Michael’s current and past directorships and observerships include AlienVault, BlueCat, Host Analytics, HyTrust, Arxan Technologies (acquired by TA Associates), Fruition Partners (acquired by CSC), Prolexic (acquired by Akamai), Solera Networks (acquired by Blue Coat), Tablus (acquired by EMC) and Voltage Security (acquired by HP). Michael began his investing career in 2001 with a New York based private equity firm specializing in technology and services investments. Earlier in his career, Michael worked in the technology investment banking group at Merrill Lynch. An east coast native, Michael earned a B.S. and Master of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Managing Director, Jackson Square Ventures
Bob is a founding partner and managing director of Jackson Square Ventures. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Bob was an early employee at three startups with increased responsibility from Sales Director at Sybase, to SVP of Sales at Clarify, to CEO of Extensity. While at JSV, Bob has focused on cloud applications, security and big data. Bob's operational focus has been in helping startups build world-class go-to-market teams.
Managing Director, Security Sector, Intel Capital
Ken Elefant has spent over 24 years in the high tech industry. Mr. Elefant joined Intel Capital in 2011 and has invested in several companies including Prolexic (Akamai), Solera Networks (Blue Coat), AtHoc (Blackberry), DocuSign, Vectra Networks, Venafi, BrightEdge, Bromium, and TrapX among many others. He joined Intel Capital from Opus Capital where he was a founding general partner. Previously, Mr. Elefant had venture experience at Lightspeed Venture Partners and Battery Ventures as well as operating experience at Apple and Radius.
Michael S. Bennett
Advisor and Entrepreneur
Mike is a 30-year veteran in the network and systems management industry with expertise in accelerating growth in early stage and public technology businesses, and building organizations that distinguish themselves in tough, competitive environments. An eight-time CEO, Mike most recently served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of SolarWinds, a leading provider of IT management software. As CEO, Mike took SolarWinds public in 2009 and the company quickly achieved over a $2 billion dollar market cap under his leadership. Prior to joining SolarWinds in September 2006, Mike was President and CEO of Permeo Technologies Inc., a leading provider of on-demand information security solutions, from March 2004 until its acquisition by Blue Coat Systems in April 2006. He also previously served as CEO of Mission Critical Software where he led the company through its IPO in 1999 and subsequent merger with NetIQ Corporation. Prior to Mission Critical Software, Mike served as President and CEO of Learmonth & Burchett Management Systems (LBMS), Summagraphics, PTXI and Interlan and held executive positions with industry leading technology companies including Dell Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mike is a two-time recipient of the Central Texas Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000 and 2010.
CEO of Hanft Projects
Adam is a globally-known expert in marketing strategy and branding, as well as a prolific business journalist on subjects ranging from politics to marketing to jazz. His clients have ranged from iconic companies such as Microsoft and McKinsey, to venture-backed start-ups in the U.S., Israel, Europe and India. Adam was an unpaid advisor to Barack Obama’s now-legendary 2008 digital marketing initiative. Adam currently sits on the Board of Scotts Miracle-Gro, (NYSE: SMG) the worldwide leader in consumer lawn and garden products, has participated on the Advisory Boards of more than a dozen start-ups, and has provided strategic frameworks and messaging to digital companies across multiple areas of expertise. They include: IoT; cybersecurity; media; peer-to-peer marketplaces; food tech; fintech; online dating; music; luxury goods; telephony; transportation and travel; ad tech; health and wellness; and artificial intelligence. Adam is co-author of “Dictionary of the Future,” which Wired called “an engaging crash course in bleeding edge ideas.” Articles and commentaries written by Adam appear regularly in the Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Fast Company, Slate and other publications.
Hugh has an illustrious 30-year career in the enterprise software industry. Hugh co-founded ArcSight in May 2000 and served as CTO as well as Executive Vice President of Research and Development. He led product development, information technology deployment, and product research at ArcSight, and expanded these responsibilities to lead all engineering and R&D efforts for HP’s Enterprise Security Products group, the organization that ArcSight became part of post-acquisition. Hugh was recently an advisor and entrepreneur at investment firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Prior to joining ArcSight, Hugh worked as the CTO at Verity, where he led product development, and before that he was at Apple in software engineering, where he was one of the key architects behind the Data Access Language (DAL). Hugh is a CISSP and holds a B.S. in computer science from Purdue University. He was also honored with the Northern California Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of The Year award in 2010.
Community Manager at Ubuntu
Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, engineering manager, consultant and author. Currently he works as the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, leading a team to grow, inspire and enthuse the global Ubuntu community.
Computer Science Professor at University of California at Davis
Matt Bishop is a professor at the University of California at Davis, where he teaches computer security, programming, operating systems, and software engineering, and does research in computer security. He practices what he teaches, for example by leading the penetration testing portion of the California Top-to-Bottom Review of electronic voting systems. He is active in improving the state of education in computer security and information assurance.
Daniel B. Cid
Founder and Lead Developer at OSSEC, CTO at Sucuri
Daniel B. Cid is the lead developer/founder of the open source OSSEC HIDS and the CTO of Sucuri. His interests range from intrusion detection, log analysis (log-based intrusion detection), web-based malware research and secure development.
Faculty Member at IANS
Mike Dahn is a faculty member at IANS. He likes to talk about payment security, risk management, and regulatory compliance. In his spare time, he build communities and develop communications channels that enable bidirectional communications and disrupt the asymmetry of information.
Principal at ntop
Luca Deri is the leader of the ntop project (http://www.ntop.org/) aimed at developing an open-source monitoring platform for high-speed traffic analysis. He worked for University College of London and IBM Research, prior receiving his PhD at the University of Berne with a thesis about software components for traffic monitoring applications.
Founder and CTO at Insecure.org
Gordon “Fyodor” Lyon authored the open source Nmap Security Scanner in 1997 and continues to coordinate its development. He also maintains the Insecure.Org, Nmap.Org, SecLists.Org, and SecTools.Org security resource sites and has authored seminal papers on remote operating system detection and stealth port scanning.
Founder of PixlCloud
Raffael Marty is a SaaS business expert, data visualization practitioner, and security data analyst. Raffael is the founder and ceo of pixlcloud, a visual analytics company. Prior, he co-founded Loggly, a cloud-based log management company.
Senior VP of Research and CTO at IANS, SANS Senior Instructor
Dave Shackleford is the owner and principal consultant at Voodoo Security; senior vice president of research and CTO at IANS; and a SANS senior instructor and course author. He has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and network architecture and engineering.
CEO at The CISO Group
Alan Shimel is the managing partner in The CISO Group, a provider of security, risk and compliance solutions. Prior to founding The CISO Group, Alan was the co-founder and Chief strategy officer at StillSecure, a provider of network infrastructure security solutions. Alan has also held executive positions at Cachier, Interliant and was a founder of TriStar Web.