Security SIG: First-hand perspectives on successful security start-ups



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Security SIG


    Main Presentation

    For our next Security SIG, we're fortunate to have two complementary first-hand perspectives on successful security start-ups.

    First, Robert Simon, a general partner at Alta Partners, will discuss security industry trends and the types of companies and technologies they are most likely to fund right now.

    Second, we'll have a company that Alta decided to invest in. Stefan Petry, the VP of Product Management with nCircle, will present their vulnerability management technology and market approach -- what got them funded and what's made them successful.


    About The Presenters


    Robert Simon

    Robert Simon is a general partner at Alta Partners, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, California. He has 17 years experience working with and founding software development and Internet companies. At Alta, he leads investments in early stage companies in the software, enterprise software, network security and wireless sectors. Prior to joining Alta, Robert was a venture partner at Sierra Ventures and while there founded, a person to person payment system for the Internet, acquired by Yahoo. Mr. Simon was the co-founder of Navitel Communications, co-developer with Microsoft in creating software for screen telephones and acquired by Spyglass. Prior to Navitel, he founded Virgil Corporation, which provided financial information and software applications to personal investors over the Internet. Mr. Simon was the Director of Lotus West for Lotus Development Corporation after they purchased PS Publishing, a graphics software company that he founded in 1989. Mr. Simon holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in engineering from Stanford University.


    Stefan Petry

    Stefan Petry brings more than 10 years of experience in technology product management and strategic management consulting. Prior to joining nCircle, Stefan was Senior Director of Product Management in Oracle's Server Technologies Division with responsibility for the database management and datacenter automation products. He also held product management positions in Oracle's eBusiness Division. Stefan was the General Manager of CRM Solutions at application service provider Corio Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIO) which he joined at an early stage and accompanied through its successful initial public offering. Before that, Stefan worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Comp. both in Europe and the US. Stefan holds a B.A. degree in Information Systems Management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and a M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.

    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

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