Security Growth Partners
Elad Yoran is the CEO and founder of Security Growth Partners. Mr. Yoran is a recognized expert on information security market and technology trends. His nearly 20 years in the cyber security industry spans experience as an executive, consultant, investor, investment banker and a several-time successful entrepreneur. Ernst & Young recognized Mr. Yoran by awarding him “Entrepreneur of the Year”.
Mr. Yoran’s entrepreneurial experience as Founder, CEO or Executive Director and Chairman includes:
- Sentrigo, a leading provider of database security. McAfee acquired Sentrigo for more than $40 million in 2011.
- MediaSentry, the leading provider of anti-piracy technology services to the motion picture, music and software industries. SafeNet acquired MediaSentry for $25 million in 2005.
- Riptech, the pioneering provider of managed security services to governments and Fortune 500 corporations around the world. Symantec Corporation acquired Riptech in a cash transaction that ranked in the top 2% of technology mergers and acquisitions in 2002.
Previously, Mr. Yoran served as Vice President, Global Business Development at Symantec. Mr. Yoran also served as Vice President at Broadview International, an investment bank focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry, where he led the firm's cyber security practice. Broadview was subsequently acquired by Jeffries.
Mr. Yoran currently serves on technology, security and community Boards including:
– KoolSpan (Executive Chairman)
– Vaultive (Chairman and CEO)
– FBI Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC)
– DHS Advisory Board for Command, Control and Interoperability for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA)
– Trustee of the Jewish Chapel Fund, US Military Academy at West Point.
Mr. Yoran authored the Internet Security Threat Report, which was cited in briefings to the US Congress. He is also a regular speaker at key industry events and has been quoted in media outlets including, AP, Reuters, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on ABC News, BBC, CNN, and other networks.
Mr. Yoran served as an officer in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Mr. Yoran holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Chief Executive Officer
Gregg Smith was named CEO of KoolSpan in September 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology and business leadership experience to the growing provider of mobile security solutions.
As CEO, Smith leads the company's overall strategic direction with an emphasis on sales, organizational development, and worldwide partnerships, with a goal to make KoolSpan’s TrustChip the No. 1 choice for mobile security and encryption.
The KoolSpan Board selected Smith to lead the company due to his outstanding track record for delivering successful outcomes for several technology businesses large and small. Prior to KoolSpan, Smith served as CEO of Acuity Mobile, where he built the mobile marketing firm from a start-up to an industry leader. At Acuity, Smith negotiated agreements with brands including Harrah’s Entertainment, Urban Outfitters, and Acxiom, before negotiating the sale of Acuity to NAVTEQ, a billion dollar division of Nokia.
As President of Aether’s Enterprise Division, Gregg grew revenues from $3 million to $100 million, creating and launching products that won market share around the world, before negotiating a sale of the division to TeleCommunication Systems (TCS). After the sale, Gregg ran the division for TCS from 2005 to 2007. Previously, as Corporate Vice President and Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Division of Aether Systems (NASDAQ: AETH), Gregg was instrumental in building the wireless software solutions provider into a global leader with a $9 billion market capitalization in less than two years.
In prior roles, Gregg served as President and COO of Karch International, a software provider; and as Vice President of Nurad Technologies, a wireless hardware and product manufacturer leading both to successful exits. Throughout his career, Smith has also created and invested in several technology start-ups, including a mobile messaging and storage platform.
A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Gregg serves as a board member of a number of private companies, and speaks frequently at mobile and wireless industry events, as well as investment conferences.
Nigel Jones is a partner at TWJ Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm specializing in early and expansion stage new ventures.
Prior to joining TWJ Capital in 2006, Nigel was a Principal at the Carlyle Group, which he joined in 1999 as an associate. At the Carlyle Group, he was a member of the U.S buyout team, focused on investments in the aerospace, defense, and federal technical services sectors. Prior to joining the Carlyle Group, he was an associate in the Technology Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs & Co, based in San Francisco and Menlo Park from 1997 to 1999.
Nigel holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Harvard University.
Prior to business school, Nigel was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995. In his last assignment, he was the senior communications officer and communications platoon commander for the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California.
Nigel is currently a member of the board of directors of Acoustic Technologies, Tango Networks, eDataSource, and OnDialog.
Gary B. O'Malley
Senior Vice President
The Greenspun Corporation
Gary B. O'Malley is senior vice president for The Greenspun Corporation (since 2002) and also serves as Chief Operating Officer for VEGAS.com (a travel and tourism portal for Las Vegas) and President of Las Vegas TV Partners, LLC. (a broadcast company). The Greenspun Corporation manages and oversees the major assets of the Greenspun Family which includes real estate, gaming, media and communications.
Mr. O'Malley's major responsibilities are related to G.C. Investments, LLC which is the private equity arm of the Greenspun Family. Gary holds a board seat with its major investments including:
- SkyMall, Inc. (www.skymall.com), a retail magazine for airlines and online merchandising
- Greenspun Broadcasting Group including KTUD Channel 14, (www.ktudtv.com), a television broadcast group; also serves as president of the station
- Telesphere, Ltd. (www.telesphere.com), a provider of VOIP and other business communication services to SME clients
- Tribune Company (www.tribune.com), a major US media company (board observation & advisory)
Past notable investments and active board roles include: Global Locate, Inc. (www.globallocate.com), an AGPS technology & intellectual properties company supporting location based services and applications to wireless handset manufacturers including the popular Apple iPhone (sold to Broadcom, Inc. www.broadcom.com); SeaMobile, Inc. (www.seamobile.com), a provider of bandwidth for both wired and wireless communications services to the maritime industry; and Sparkplug Communications, Inc. (merged with AirBand Communications www.airband.com), a provider of high capacity business broadband connectivity.
Prior to Greenspun, Gary was Fund Manager of Alistar Pilot Fund, a private equity fund, and previous to these activities he was a co-founder, shareholder and held several senior executive positions including co-president, CFO, Chief of Strategy & Business Development for Cable Plus Holding Company, a Craig O. McCaw backed company providing integrated telecommunications services to the multi-family housing industry and franchised CATV.
Mr. O'Malley is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington and is a member of the American Society and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.
David S. Rose
Rose Tech Ventures
David S. Rose, Chairman of the board of New York Angels, is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with extensive experience in high technology and wireless technology. He was named by Inc. magazine to the 1998 Inc. 500 list and lectures frequently on issues relating to the development of the international information infrastructure. During the course of his career, he has supervised the creation of an intellectual property portfolio of issued patents appraised at over $100 million. He was a founding member of the New York New Media Association, is a frequent guest speaker at graduate business schools including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and NYU, and currently serves on the boards of directors of companies including Aereon Solutions, SignStorey, and ISoldMyStuff.com.
David has a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Business School.
John N. Stewart
Special Advisor to the Board
Mr. Stewart provides leadership and direction to multiple corporate security teams throughout Cisco, strategically aligning with business units and the IT organization to generate leading corporate security practices, policies, and processes. The Corporate Security Programs Organization focuses on global information security consulting and services, security evaluation, critical infrastructure assurance, eDiscovery, source code security, identification management, as well as special programs that promote Cisco, Internet, and national security. Additionally, he is responsible for overseeing the security for Cisco Connection Online, the infrastructure supporting Cisco's more than $28.5 billion business.
Mr. Stewart's longstanding career in information security encompasses numerous roles. He was the Chief Security Officer responsible for operational and strategic direction for corporate and customer security at Digital Island. Mr. Stewart has served as a research scientist responsible for investigating emerging technologies in the Office of the CTO at Cable & Wireless America. He has professional experience in software development, systems and network administration, and is a software specialist, author, and instructor. Mr. Stewart has given numerous tutorials and presentations at various security forums, including SANS, USENIX, RSA, and Cisco Networkers.
Throughout his career, he has been an active member of the security industry community. He served on advisory boards for Akonix, Finjan, Cloudshield, Riverhead, and TripWire, Inc. Currently, Mr. Stewart sits on technical advisory boards for Ingrian Networks, Panorama Venture Capital (formerly JPMorganPartners Venture) , RedSeal, and Signacert, Inc.
Mr. Stewart holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
John Zei was President & CEO of Knowles Electronics LLC from 2000 to 2009 and Senior Advisor to Knowles in 2010 until his retirement. While at Knowles Mr. Zei directed a highly leveraged and faltering electronics business through a period of restructuring, refinancing and product development, leading to a highly successful sale in 2005, recovering full value for all stakeholders.
After Knowles was acquired by Dover, Inc. Mr. Zei increased sales and profitability driven by introduction of disruptive technology. Mr. Zei the development and commercialization of innovative MEMS based microphone which quickly grew to a 30% share of the mobile phone market.
Prior to joining Knowles Mr. Zei grew several companies in the hearing health care segment to market leading positions, including serving as CEO of Siemens Hearing Instruments for ten years prior to joining Knowles.
Mr. Zei has B.S and J.D. degrees from Loyola University, Chicago and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He currently serves as a consultant and Director for several companies.