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CYBERWEEK Career Convo: Starting a Cybersecurity Company And How To Do It
PART OF CYBERWEEK! Wondering what it takes to launch a cybersecurity company? Come learn from the experts. Executives from SecureSet, MACH37 and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) will share their insights and answer your questions on the knowledge, skills, and advancement it takes to build a cyber product, be accepted into the nation’s top cybersecurity accelerator and catch the interest of venture capitalists. Want to get in on the real experience? Join us in this special event where we bring three of the brightest minds in the Cybersecurity and Company Building industries along with the Mach37 Fall Cohort to discuss the process and steps needed to build your own Cybersecurity company. For Directions: Speaker Bios: Jason Chen: Jason Chen is the CEO, President and Executive Director of MACH37. He is a business strategist, entrepreneur, and early stage venture investor with more than 18 years of experience leading business planning and consulting engagements for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and multi-national organizations in both the private and public sector. He brings his experience as a Techstar Entrepreneur-In-Residence and as the Director of their Startup Next Cybersecurity DC pre-accelerator program that was designed to provide cyber startups with expertise and mentorship. Jason is the founder of VentureScope, where he operates MACH37 and advises early stage startups and entrepreneurs. He also cofounded HackEd, a cybersecurity hands-on-keyboard training company, and WeatherAlpha, a weather data analytics company. Tom Weithman: Tom serves as the Chief Investment Officer for MACH37 and Managing Director of the CIT GAP Funds. As a founder of MACH37, Weithman brings 12 years prior early stage and cybersecurity investment experience to his present role. Formed by Weithman in 2005, CIT GAP Funds has gained national recognition as one of the nation’s most active early stage venture funds and a premiere provider of capital to cybersecurity start-ups. Through MACH37, Weithman has funded 50+ seed stage cybersecurity companies. CIT GAP Funds has provided early funding to 13 additional early stage cybersecurity companies including Invincea (acquired by Sophos), ADI (acquired by Silicom), SpydrSafe (acquired by Okta), and 4Front Security (acquired by Symantec). CIT GAP Funds active cybersecurity portfolio includes Distil Networks, DivvyCloud,, PFP Cybersecurity and ThreatQ. Jon Ferris: Jon Ferris is a serial tech entrepreneur with experience in technology outsourcing, data science, and cybersecurity. His first company failed immediately – his second did well and still runs out of Seattle. He exited his third and then created his fourth, a cybersecurity education provider HackEd, which was recently acquired by SecureSet Academy. Jon has stayed on as Director of SecureSet’s Arlington Campus. When he’s away from the office, you’ll find him swimming, surfing, or traveling. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Falls Church, VA. Agenda: 6:00-6:30 PM | Networking 6:30-7:45 PM | SecureSet, Mach37 and CIT 7:45-8:00 PM| Q&A, Wrap-up You have cybersecurity career questions and we have answers from current industry professionals. Cybersecurity Career Convos is an opportunity to learn from individuals who currently work in cybersec and are up to date on current trends. If you’re serious about pursuing a career in cybersecurity, then these events are for you. The first segment of Cybersecurity Career Convos is typically devoted to networking, so bring those business cards! Organizations Involved: SecureSet Academy MACH37 VentureScope The Center for Innovative Technology

1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 · Arlington, Vi

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This Meetup is open to anyone interested in trends and careers in cybersecurity. Our regular events offer networking, exchanging of ideas and information, Capture the Flags (cybersecurity hackathons) and interviews with "Cyber Heroes" (regional experts in the security domain who provide topical industry insights). Whether you are a cybersecurity professional or a leader who cares about advancing cybersecurity in your organization, please join us.

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