Thursday, May 29, 2014

DC Cybersecurity Startup Speed Lunch w/ execs from Microsoft, Cognizant, Credit Suisse, and more

New Update (6/9/14): Startup founders will also get to meet Henry Shiembob, VP and CSO of Cognizant Technology Solutions: a multinational technology services company with a $30B market cap. Early bird registration is only $199 until June 30, 2014.

(Published May 29, 2014) On July 22 in an exclusive Washington DC restaurant, about 50 30 people will meet 1:1 with the former Dir. of Capabilities Tailored Access Operations (NSA), the CSO of Huawei USA, a Director/GM from Microsoft, a VP from Credit Suisse, and other decision makers. Because the one thing that's better for a startup than getting money from a VC is getting a contract from a customer, and that's the objective of the Security Startup Speed Lunch. Here's some of the feedback we received from our first lunch 10 days ago at Soho House NY:

"Jeffrey Carr’s ability to hand pick the right sponsors and funders and match them with the right startups is really a bit of quiet genius. I was able to meet several companies that had significant interest in my business and already understood the mechanics of what we do. Thank you. Great fun and no blather." - Pamela Meyer, CEO, Calibrate

“The speed lunch format benefits any stage startup. We were obviously the greenest guys in the bunch but I think we probably gained the most. After our second session, we stopped “pitching” and started asking. This helped us to see what we could learn from the person across the table.” - Tom Richards, Co-Founder, Scoutswarm

"I thought it was a terrific and highly productive event!" - Josh Lefkowitz, CEO, FlashPoint Partners

On July 22, our second speed lunch will be held at P.J. Clarke's at 1600 K Street in Washington DC. Attending startups will get to have lunch and meet one-on-one with an amazing group of executives who have all come out of the intelligence community and into the private sector: Andy Purdy (CSO, Huawei USA), Lewis Shepherd (Director/GM, Microsoft), Edward V. Marshall (VP, Credit Suisse), plus Henrik van der Meuler, Barbara Hunt, Phil Rosenberg, and other internationally known executives, VCs, and decision-makers. I know many of these people personally and have found them to be exceedingly generous with their time, their advice, and their willingness to introduce you to their own international network whenever possible.

You can attend if you qualify in one of three ways:
  1. You're the founder or principal of a cyber security startup that's no more than 5 years old and hasn't raised more than a Series A funding round.
  2. You're employed by a Venture Capital firm or Investment bank.
  3. You're employed at the Director level or higher at a medium-sized or larger corporation.
Visit the Suits and Spooks website to learn how to register before this event is sold out.

If you don't meet the above qualifications but you'd still like to attend, find out how to become a sponsor.

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