Cyber Mentor Fund is a seed stage, cyber security focused Mentorship Fund

that has built the most non-traditional, insightful, and tenacious product for

cyber security founders to fulfill their radical missions.

Mission & Values

Remaining humble, kind, and true to the entrepreneurial spirit, we see success as a disciplined team sport. In order to win, we need to work hard together, fighting shoulder to shoulder with everyone in our community. We understand the journey is part of the reward and expect the same disciplined drive from our portfolio companies to our Limited Partners and beyond. Our mission is to support the most robust and aggressive security solutions for the enterprise because when our companies win, everyone wins, making the world a more secure place for all.

To succeed as a Mentorship Fund, we build the bridge between up-and-coming entrepreneurs and the enterprises that they serve by working within an ecosystem of the best. We leverage a focused community-centered approach, working with the most impactful Chief Information Security Officers, leading technologists, seasoned entrepreneurs, and successful executives. Further, by partnering with domain relevant and leading VCs/Angels/Investors, Cyber Mentorship Fund is better positioned to drive growth while our portfolio companies are building a coalition they can trust.

Cyber Mentor Fund bets money, aggressive effort, and our community on entrepreneurs to help solve complex problems in cyber security. By supporting these entrepreneurs and their emerging novel technologies, we are pushing the limits of cyber security solutions.

What We Do

Capital

CMF dedicates money, time, and expertise to support the next-generation of cyber security leaders.

Access

CMF’s network of experts and Fellow Founder’s industry prowess provides exclusive access for both LPs and our portfolio. By prioritizing an intimate community-centered relationship within the fund, we are able to better influence and provide cutting edge solutions to everyone involved. 

Insight & Mentoring

We believe the most impactful growth comes from a frictionless playing field. CMF strives to reduce the friction points through insight, mentoring, and being teammates in the fight. The bad guys move fast, we want the good guys to move faster. 

Early Adoption

CMF works fast to help our portfolio grow. The synergy between CMF’s strong community of early adopters and our specialized focus at the seed stage allows for the largest impact to the industry and the future of cyber security. 

Who We Are

Fellow Founder

Tim Eades

Fellow Founder

Fellow Founder

Joe Eandi

Fellow Founder

Associate

Muriel Kay

Associate

Cyber Mentor Fund takes pride in the entrepreneurial experience because that is who we are. As Fellow Founders, we have gained industry knowledge through high-level experiences. Through founding cyber security companies and mentoring  other start-ups, we have experienced and identified the inefficiency of bringing cyber security start-ups to market and built a unique growth roadmap to overcome those inefficiencies. Our roadmap is the foundation of a disciplined, insightful, and hardcore investment and mentorship model. 

01

Strong Investment History

CMF Fellow Founder’s collective investment:

  • 20+ cyber security companies
  • 40+ private companies

02

Successful Investment Exits

  • We have guided multiple cyber security companies to successful liquidity events.
  • CMF Fellow Founders know what sells, what will likely be an exit, and what will not. 

03

Prolific Seed Investors

CMF has invaluable knowledge into market dynamics and need-based learnings on what the next generation of cyber security solutions will address.  

04

CMF Network of Advisors

  • Cyber Security Founders
  • Corporate Execs – CISOs, CIOs, CTOs
  • Industry Leaders
  • Cyber Investors
  • Tech Experts

05

Fellow Founder’s Deep Cyber Knowledge

  • Active investors, advisors, and executives in the industry.
  • We have a robust, constant inbound pipeline of cyber security startups. 

Our Companies

Cyber Mentor Fund invests under a disciplined investment model. We undertake focused diligence including experts from our network to understand the team, technology, and market. We target investing at the seed stage, focusing on business-to-business, business-to-business-consumer, cyber security software for the enterprise – excluding hardware, end-point, consumer products. 

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is building a new overlay network that connects your data center, cloud and remote users with unprecedented speed, security and simplicity.

How We’ve Helped: Since our introduction, CMF sourced a key strategic investor, introduced customers focusing on early adoption and provided speaking engagements in front of enterprise buyers and potential future investors.

Initial Round: Seed
Arceo

enables insurance providers to scale their cyber line of business using curated security data for accuracy, AI for advanced risk assessment, and workflow automation for efficiency.

Initial Round: Series B
Bolster

is artificial intelligence powered zero day brand protection that puts an end to counterfeit websites targeting your brand.

How We’ve Helped: CMF has proven successful in mentoring founders throughout start-up lifecycle stages, scouted investors, and introduced to new Fortune 500 customer in travel and lodging space.

Initial Round: Series A
Cyberhaven

protects trade secrets, intellectual property, and client data against negligent users and malicious insiders.

Initial Round: Series A
CyCognito

offers autonomous attack surface testing to find blind spots and mitigate exposed attack vectors.

Initial Round: Series A
DeepView

manages social media risk for regulated industries.

Initial Round: Seed
Dragos, Inc.

passively identifies assets and communications, detects industrial cyber security threats through behavioral analytics, and provides security teams with guided investigation and response.

Initial Round: Series B
Enveil

closes the last gap in data security by protecting Data in Use.

Initial Round: Seed
Kognos

investigates, automates and scales manual investigations, eliminating investigative backlogs and prioritization bias to dramatically reduce dwell time and risk.

How We’ve Helped: Since investment, CMF introduced Kognos to its lead Series A investor, assisted with marketing and GTM strategy, and sourced Kognos’s first pilot.

Initial Round: Seed
MessageControl

harnesses artificial intelligence to stop social engineering and human identity attacks.

Initial Round: Seed
Paladin Cyber

combines robust cyber security tools with broad insurance coverage to secure the SMB.

Initial Round: Seed
SecurityAdvisor

identifies and visualizes the human risk within an organization, and recommends tailored security awareness programs for employees to reduces the number of security incidents.

Initial Round: Seed
Stealth Security Start-Ups:

CMF invests in some kick-ass companies, a few of which are remaining in stealth mode.

Community

Cyber Mentor Fund knows the synergy of community yields the largest impact. We leverage our network — advisors, limited partners, and friends — to support, educate, and promote the portfolio.

CMF brings together industry executives, early adopters, and thought leaders to join our portfolio for exclusive, high-end networking dinners. These intimate events provide an opportunity for our founders to grow as entrepreneurs, learn market needs, and showcase their domain expertise.

Global Executive Dinners

CMF brings together industry executives, early adopters, and thought leaders to join our portfolio for exclusive, high-end networking dinners. These intimate events provide an opportunity for our founders to grow as entrepreneurs, learn market needs, and showcase their domain expertise.

CMF hosts high-profile events surrounding cyber security conferences and conventions. We bring together industry leaders, executives, early adopters, and trusted customers to join in on panel conversations and networking lunches. In conjunction with a high-profile panel, the CMF portfolio is showcased through presentations and elevator pitches to the audience.

Cyber Security Conventions & Showcase Opportunities

CMF hosts high-profile events surrounding cyber security conferences and conventions. We bring together industry leaders, executives, early adopters, and trusted customers to join in on panel conversations and networking lunches. In conjunction with a high-profile panel, the CMF portfolio is showcased through presentations and elevator pitches to the audience.

Wavemakers in security never stop evolving. We host high-growth lunches, seminars, and other learning opportunities for founders and their team to reaffirm their mission, promote innovation as a company, and make sure they are always one step ahead of the bad guys.

CEO/Team Education Day

Wavemakers in security never stop evolving. We host high-growth lunches, seminars, and other learning opportunities for founders and their team to reaffirm their mission, promote innovation as a company, and make sure they are always one step ahead of the bad guys.

By hosting webinars, we offer an opportunity to promote portfolio domain expertise towards extended marketplaces, both nationally and internationally. Public facing education sessions promote warm customer leads and builds industry trust in our founders and their products.

Webinars

By hosting webinars, we offer an opportunity to promote portfolio domain expertise towards extended marketplaces, both nationally and internationally. Public facing education sessions promote warm customer leads and builds industry trust in our founders and their products.

The CMF portfolio is constantly supported within our ecosystem of experts with skin in the game help. Our experts are not only leaders in the industry but act as mentors, board members, and CorpDev advisors. Our founders interact with each other, creating a supportive growth environment. The synergy of the CMF Ecosystem supports higher results than just CMF capital alone. 

CMF Ecosystem

The CMF portfolio is constantly supported within our ecosystem of experts with skin in the game help. Our experts are not only leaders in the industry but act as mentors, board members, and CorpDev advisors. Our founders interact with each other, creating a supportive growth environment. The synergy of the CMF Ecosystem supports higher results than just CMF capital alone. 

Many of CMF’s LPs are experts or have a keen interest in cyber security. CMF creates many opportunities for bi-directional information sharing and assistance between our LPs and our portfolio companies.

Limited Partner Involvement

Many of CMF’s LPs are experts or have a keen interest in cyber security. CMF creates many opportunities for bi-directional information sharing and assistance between our LPs and our portfolio companies.

Twice yearly visits to AWS, Azure, VMWare, and others, helps form a close relationship with leading infrastructure and cloud providers. CMF founders gain an inside understanding and supported role within the ecosystem.

Infrastructure & Platform Days

Twice yearly visits to AWS, Azure, VMWare, and others, helps form a close relationship with leading infrastructure and cloud providers. CMF founders gain an inside understanding and supported role within the ecosystem.

Resources

As if the stresses and headaches of business travel weren’t enough, there’s one more thing to worry about while traveling in unfamiliar places…

Traveling for work? You’re a prime target for hackers

As if the stresses and headaches of business travel weren’t enough, there’s one more thing to worry about while traveling in unfamiliar places…

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Over the past several months, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at…

Dragos Collaborates with NIST on New Cybersecurity Guide for Energy Sector Asset Management

Over the past several months, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at…

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The recent anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)’s implementation…

Compliance Is The New Normal — It’s Time To Lock Down The Data

The recent anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)’s implementation…

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Prior to Kognos, our founding team was working at RSA, McAfee, Juniper and Dell with a combined experience of 100+ years in cyber security.

THINKING DIFFERENT – Why We Started Kognos?

Prior to Kognos, our founding team was working at RSA, McAfee, Juniper and Dell with a combined experience of 100+ years in cyber security.

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Ever since the Great Recession, the financial services industry has been under intense scrutiny and regulation… 

Breaking the Bank: How Cybercrime Preys on Financial Services

Ever since the Great Recession, the financial services industry has been under intense scrutiny and regulation… 

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