The Data Security Moonshot: We Just Made A Giant Leap Forward

This week we took a giant step forward on our mission to becoming the trusted standard for protecting data everywhere. On Tuesday, we welcomed Mark Leslie to our board of directors and announced a follow-on investment to our February 2016 round from Capital One Growth Ventures.

As the founding CEO of Veritas, Mark led the company from inception to a $13.5 billion acquisition by Symantec, building the business from the ground up. Since then, he’s leveraged that experience as a strategic advisor to many of the top enterprise companies in the Valley. Long acknowledged as the father of modern enterprise SaaS sales, Mark is the author of the Sales Learning Curve, which has become required reading for every enterprise entrepreneur. And, as managing director of Leslie Ventures, Mark has an impressive track record of investing and directing game-changing companies like Big Switch Networks, Pure Storage, and Nutanix. I’m beyond thrilled that he has chosen to bring that experience to the team at Vera as a vital member of our board of directors.

In parallel, I am equally as excited to announce that Capital One Growth Ventures is joining our current set of investors and helping us to accelerate our growth. Capital One makes selective investments in companies they see having a significant, strategic impact in financial services and related industries at-large. More specifically, their investment thesis focuses on startups building innovative financial services technology. This new investment is a huge testament to the vision and confidence they have in Vera. By joining our existing investors Sutter Hill Ventures, Battery Ventures, and Amplify Partners, Capital One is helping us reinforce our leadership in the data security and IRM-as-a-Service markets.

This is our moonshot – we’re building a profoundly different approach to data security, rights management, and enterprise data control, with a solution that’s both elegant in its end-user design and impenetrable to attackers. With Mark’s guidance and Capital One’s’ strategic investment, we have the fuel, the focus, and the drive to accomplish our mission.

Mission control, engage. We’re on our way.

Written on May 12, 2016
by Ajay Arora
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