Security SIG: Current Climate for Venture Capital for Security Companies



  • Main Presentation

    Current Climate for Venture Capital for Security Companies

    If you are...


    • an IT/security manager worried that an innovative product from a startup is exactly what you need, but you are concerned about the startup's finances working for a startup
    • looking for a job with a startup
    • looking to start a security company
    • part of a security startup management team
    • or just curious about how security startups get venture capital funding

    ... then this meeting is for you. Asheem Chandna will talk about the current state of venture capital funding for security companies. Asheem is uniquely positioned to present on this topic because of his combination of venture capital and vendor experience.



    Asheem Chandna, Venture Partner, Greylock Associates


    Introductory Presentation

    DefCon 12 Recap.

    Members Ira Victor and Phil Burton attended this conference and will summarize their impressions. This will be a very informal discussion and anyone else who attended is welcome to join in. For information on the conference, including the sessions, go to

    About The Presenter

    Since 2003, Asheem has been a venture partner with Greylock Associates. Prior to joining Greylock, he spent over fifteen years in industry operating roles helping create, grow and lead multiple technology businesses and product lines to market leadership positions.

    Before joining Greylock, Asheem was vice-president of business development and product management with Check Point Software Technologies, one of the worldwide leaders in Internet security infrastructure. During his 6 and a half year tenure, Check Point annual revenue grew almost twenty-fold to over $528 million and company net margin increased to over 60% after tax, making Check Point one of the world’s fastest growing and most profitable companies. Asheem founded the business development and product management organizations, led corporate marketing during high growth years and was responsible for leading Check Point’s product/business strategy, product management and industry partnerships. Asheem is also created, grew and led Check Point’s OPSEC Alliance into the largest and most successful security partner program in the IT industry.

    Prior to Check Point, Asheem was vice-president of marketing with CoroNet Systems, and held strategic marketing and product line positions with SynOptics/Bay Networks and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

    Event Logistics



    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

    Please call 408.494.8378 for student memberships

    No registration required