The path to remarkable is paved
by intellectual curiosity and
a determination to shape what lies
beyond. Come join our journey.
The path to remarkable is paved
by intellectual curiosity and
a determination to shape what lies
beyond. Come join our journey.
expertise to push beyond.
Private equity is an exceedingly competitive industry and simply having capital is no longer a source of differentiation. We believe that the integration of seasoned investment professionals, experienced operating executives and deep sector expertise is increasingly important to create great businesses and realize the value creation potential of private equity. We created Crosspoint Capital with that in mind.
We assembled a team of world-class technology leaders and investors who have dedicated their entire careers to building great companies. We believe that this combination will allow us to bring more than simply capital to our investments. We understand the challenges that executive teams and owners face in growing and scaling a technology business and purpose-built our team to help them achieve their goals.
Similar to our belief in the importance of offering investment and operating expertise to companies, we believe that deep sector knowledge will help us identify best-in-class technologies, be better partners to our management teams and together grow great businesses. Our efforts are focused on the cybersecurity, privacy and infrastructure software sectors, as we believe ongoing rapid technological innovation and disruption in those markets offer very attractive investment opportunities that we can unlock through our unique perspectives and experiences.
The process to create great businesses requires focus and attention. We expect to build a concentrated portfolio of investments. This will enable us to provide, where helpful, the advice and support to our businesses to help them achieve their strategic and operational goals and not dilute our efforts across an overly broad portfolio. We focus on investment archetypes ranging from minority growth equity to control investments. The common thread is supporting companies with strong products in attractive markets where we can help accelerate their path to success.
Our Values and Culture
We strongly believe that values and culture are as important as strategy. In this regard, we believe that integrity, transparency, humility and a commitment to excellence are paramount to our success. Those values underpin a culture that is team-first, non-hierarchical and meritocratic.
Our team brings together experienced technologists and dedicated investors. We combine the power of deep sector expertise, operational excellence and investment experience to create value.
Shaistah Bahrainwala joined Crosspoint Capital Partners in 2021. Prior to Crosspoint, Shaistah was a Vice President at GI Partners, focusing on investments in cybersecurity and IT infrastructure. Prior to GI Partners, Shaistah was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. Shaistah graduated with University Honors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with B.S. degrees in Finance and Accountancy, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jenny Bae joined Crosspoint Capital in 2021. Prior to joining Crosspoint, Jenny was at Icon Ventures for five years, where she managed day-to-day accounting and investment activities. Prior to Icon, Jenny was with EY’s Family Office Services, where she provided a full accounting solution to high-net-worth clients. Prior to that, Jenny was at Andersen Tax LLC. Jenny holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business.
Over the last 20 years, Katie Beck has served as a strategic business partner to help organizations scale at various stages of growth. Prior to joining Crosspoint, Katie served as VP of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Forescout where she used strategic internal and external communications to drive awareness, build thought leadership, manage risk and reputation, shape company culture, attract top talent, and engage and inspire employees. She has extensive experience in the cybersecurity industry having also spent 10 years at Symantec in various roles, including head of global product PR and head of communications for the company’s emerging and high-growth markets, based out of Dubai. In addition, Katie has advised earlier stage start-ups on marketing and communications strategies, working closely with the CEOs of Awake Security and Trusted Key prior to their acquisitions to Arista Networks and Workday, respectively. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Chico.
Greg Clark served as CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Symantec Corporation between August 2016 and May 2019. Prior to joining Symantec, Clark was CEO of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. from 2011 until its acquisition by Symantec in August 2016. During this period, Clark also served as an Operating Partner at Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm, from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining Blue Coat Systems, Clark was President and CEO of Mincom from 2008 until its acquisition by the ABB Group in August 2011. Before joining Mincom, Clark was a founder and served as President and CEO of E2open from 2001 until 2008. Earlier in his career, Clark founded and led security software firm Dascom, which was acquired by IBM in 1999. Clark served as a Distinguished Engineer and Vice President of IBM’s Tivoli Systems from 1999 until 2001. Clark holds a B.S. from Griffith University.
Kelly Danson brings 20+ years of VC/PE accounting and operations experience. Prior to joining Crosspoint Capital Partners, Danson served as CFO of Garnett & Helfrich Capital, a $350M Venture Buyout Firm where she led the operations team, which included finance, compliance, portfolio company management, LP reporting and back office management. Previously, Danson was with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ audit practice in San Francisco. Danson received a BA in Economics and Management from Albion College in Michigan.
Laura Grattan joined Crosspoint Capital Partners as a Managing Director in 2021. Prior to Crosspoint, Laura was a Managing Director at Thomas H. Lee Partners, focusing on Technology and HCIT investing. During her more than 13 years at THL, she was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, executing, managing, and exiting growth and buyout investments across a range of industries, including technology, information services, media, and healthcare. Laura started her career as an investment professional in the Private Equity Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Laura holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Harrison Haas joined Crosspoint in 2022 as an Associate in the Menlo Park office. Prior to joining Crosspoint, he covered banking, payments and blockchain at Financial Technology Partners. Harrison began his career at Rothschild as an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group. Harrison graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.B.A in Finance.
Eric Hirsberg joined Crosspoint in 2021 as an Associate in the Menlo Park Office. Prior to joining Crosspoint, Eric worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, where he was part of the Financial Institutions Group. Eric started his career at UBS in the Private Funds Group. Eric received a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.
Over the last 25 years, Samir Kapuria has led Enterprise Software, Consumer Software and Managed Services businesses with a focus on strategy, growth execution and fueling innovation. Prior to joining Crosspoint in 2021, Samir was President of NortonLifelock from 2019 to 2020, championing the company’s evolution into a pure-play public Consumer company following the divesture of the Symantec enterprise business. Before NortonLifelock, Mr. Kapuria was General Manager of several of Symantec Corporation’s businesses from 2014 to 2019 where he led global organizations encompassing sales, operations, engineering, product management, marketing and support. Mr. Kapuria joined Symantec in 2004 through the acquisition of @stake, a leading cyber security consulting firm and began his Cyber journey in 1995 with BBN in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Kapuria holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts.
Justin Lappin joined Crosspoint in 2021 and is a Senior Associate in the Boston Office. Prior to joining Crosspoint, he worked as an Associate at Providence Strategic Growth focused on B2B software and tech-enabled services investing. Justin began his career in investment banking, first at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the Leveraged Finance Underwriting group and then later at Lazard as an Analyst in the Technology group focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and other Corporate Financial Advisory matters. Justin received his B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Financial Analysis from the University of New Hampshire.
Ron Lescinskas joined Crosspoint Capital as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations in 2022. Prior to joining Crosspoint Capital Partners, Ron served as Head of Business Operations for the $2.5B Consumer Security Business at NortonLifeLock. From 2014 to 2018, Ron served as Senior Director, Finance at Symantec responsible for development and management of the operating plan of the Cyber Security business unit consisting of managed security, threat intelligence, and incident response. Prior to Symantec, Ron was the Chief Financial Officer for venture-backed cybersecurity companies Neohapsis and @stake where he executed business infrastructure development and multiple series financings. Ron started his career in finance and operations at Cambridge Technology Partners and Deloitte, and prior to that he worked at a utility company as an analyst supporting capital finance projects. Ron holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Salem State University, and an M.B.A. from D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.
Steve Luczo has served as Chairman of the Board of Seagate Technology PLC since 2002. From October 2017 to October 2018, he also served as its Executive Chairman, and prior to that served as its CEO, from January 2009 to October 2017. Luczo joined Seagate Technology in October 1993 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. In September 1997, he was promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer and from July 1998 to July 2004 he served as CEO. Upon his promotion to CEO of Seagate Technology in July 1998, Luczo also joined its board of directors. After resigning as Seagate Technology’s CEO in July 2004, Luczo remained as Chairman of the Board before becoming CEO again from 2009 to 2017. Prior to joining Seagate Technology in 1993, Luczo was Senior Managing Director of the Global Technology Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., an investment banking firm, from February 1992 to October 1993. Luczo currently serves on the board of directors of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, AT&T, Inc. and Morgan Stanley as well as several other private and non-profit companies. Luczo has also previously served on the board of directors of Microsoft Corporation, VMware and Veritas. Luczo graduated from Stanford University and he received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has an honorary Doctorate of Letters in Economics from Queens University, Belfast.
Matt MacKenzie served as SVP, Chief of Staff of Symantec Corporation between August 2016 and May 2019. Prior to joining Symantec, MacKenzie was Chief of Staff and General Counsel of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. from 2012 until its acquisition by Symantec in August 2016. Prior to joining Blue Coat Systems, MacKenzie was the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Mincom from 2010 until 2011. Prior to Mincom, MacKenzie was SVP of Corporate & Legal Affairs and General Counsel at E2open from 2001 until 2009. MacKenzie also served as E2open’s acting Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2006. MacKenzie began his career as an attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. MacKenzie holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Crosspoint Capital Partners, Vivek Mani served as VP, and CFO for the $2.5B Enterprise Security Business at Symantec. Between 2015 and 2018, Mani served as VP, Finance at Symantec and executed restructuring programs and complex carve-outs during that period in addition to supporting FP&A efforts within the company. Prior to Symantec, Mani was a deal lead at Oracle Corporation where he executed more than $10B in software M&A transactions ranging from tuck-ins to multi-billion dollar acquisitions. Mani began his career in Finance and M&A at Credit Suisse technology investment banking, and prior to that he worked at SanDisk designing Security Hardware and Software at SanDisk. Mani holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from U.T. Austin, and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Nick Noviello is a senior executive with a track record of driving financial and operational improvement and company transformation across Enterprise and Consumer businesses. Noviello has over seven years of public company CFO experience at Symantec Corporation and NetApp, Inc., and over 28 years of global finance and operations experience at Symantec, Blue Coat Systems, Inc., NetApp, Honeywell International, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Noviello holds an M.S. in Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Dan Stanko joined Crosspoint Capital Partners as a Managing Director in 2021. Prior to Crosspoint, Dan was a Partner at HGGC, focusing on investments in software and industrial services. Prior to HGGC, Dan spent nearly a decade at Bain Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, executing, managing, and exiting growth and buyout investments across a range of industries, including technology, industrials, and retail. Dan started his career as an investment professional in the Private Equity Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Dan graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in East Asian Languages, and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Aaron Switzer joined Crosspoint in 2021 and is an Associate in the Menlo Park Office. Prior to joining Crosspoint, he worked in investment banking at Greenhill & Co. where he was part of the Mergers and Acquisitions and Financing and Restructuring groups. Aaron received an HBA from Ivey Business School at Western University and a BESc in Chemical Engineering from Western University.
Dr. Hugh Thompson is one of the world’s leading experts on Cyber Security and Privacy. Before joining Crosspoint Capital Partners, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Symantec (SYMC, NLOK). At Symantec, Dr. Thompson was responsible for the company’s technical and product strategy and led a team of approximately 1000 technologists, software developers, product developers and researchers. Prior to joining Symantec, he was the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Coat Systems Inc. which was acquired by Symantec for $4.65 Billion in 2016.
Dr. Thompson has testified before Congress as an expert on cyber security issues and has co-authored three books on cyber security including, How to Break Software Security: Effective Techniques for Security Testing (with Dr. James Whittaker, published by Addison-Wesley, 2003), and The Software Vulnerability Guide (with Scott Chase, published by Charles River 2005). He was named one of the “Top 5 Most Influential Thinkers in IT Security” by SC Magazine and the Financial Times calls him “one of the world’s foremost cryptology and internet security experts.” Thompson is also the co-author of a bestselling business book on human potential and achievement called The Plateau Effect: Getting from Stuck to Success published by Penguin (2013 hardback, 2014 audiobook, 2014 paperback and several foreign language editions including Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Romanian). Dr. Thompson is also Chairman of the RSA Conference Program Committee and has held this position for over a decade. During his time at RSA Conference, he has helped drive attendance at the conference to over 45,000 cyber security professionals annually. He spent several years as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University in New York and created the popular Software Vulnerabilities and Exploitation course which was taken by hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia.
Dr. Thompson has spent years creating methodologies and tools that help some of the world’s largest companies build demonstrably more secure systems. He has delivered talks/keynotes at key conferences and Fortune 500 corporations, written industry-defining books and articles on software security, and has been interviewed by top news organizations including the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, ABC, Fox News, CBS Evening News, MSNBC, HBO, BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Associated Press, and the Washington Post. Dr. Thompson has authored more than 100 academic and industrial publications on software security and writes for such industry publications as the New York Times, Scientific American, IEEE Security & Privacy, CSO Magazine, Network World, and Forbes. In 2006, HBO made an Emmy-nominated documentary featuring his work in uncovering vulnerabilities in electronic voting systems called Hacking Democracy. A sequel to the documentary is scheduled to be released by HBO in 2020. As one of the world’s leading experts in cyber security he has shared the keynote stage with leaders such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and celebrities such as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the Aspen Cyber Security Group and the STS Forum Council. Thompson earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology.
Jimmy Unger joined Crosspoint Capital Partners as a Vice President in 2022. Prior to Crosspoint, Jimmy was a Vice President at Golden Gate Capital, focusing on investments in software and tech-enabled services. Prior to Golden Gate, he worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Jimmy holds a B.B.A, summa cum laude, in Finance with a second major in Arabic from the University of Notre Dame.
Marc Andrews serves as an Operating Partner, focusing on go to market strategies and routes to markets effectiveness. Prior to joining Crosspoint, Andrews served as SVP Global Sales at Symantec from August 2016 until September 2019 during which he led Symantec’s go to market organization. Prior to joining Symantec, Andrews held the role of SVP Worldwide Field Operations for Blue Coat from 2011 until the acquisition by Symantec in August 2016. Prior to joining Blue Coat, Andrews served as President of Microfocus PLC from 2008 until 2010 and previously led Saba’s international business from 2007 to 2008. From 2002 until 2007, Andrews served as COO at NetIQ, which was acquired by Attachmate in 2006. Andrews has over 30 years of expertise in senior leadership and management.
Barry Mainz brings more than 25+ years of experience in executive leadership, global sales, marketing, product led growth, and product development to Crosspoint Capital Partners. Most recently, Mainz served as COO of Malwarebytes responsible for development and execution of the go to market strategy. Prior to joining Malwarebytes, Mainz was CEO and member of the Board of Directors for MobileIron. Before MobileIron, Mainz served as President of Wind River Systems (an Intel subsidiary). Additionally, Mainz has held leadership roles, as well as advisory and board positions at private and public companies such as Mercury Interactive, Makara (acquired by Red Hat, Inc.), and Sun Microsystems.
Steve Tchejeyan previously served as Senior Vice President of Americas Sales for the Enterprise business unit at Symantec Corporation between 2016 – 2019, responsible for executing profitable sales strategies and building and maintaining a loyal customer base across Symantec’s complex product portfolio in the Americas. Tchejeyan oversaw a combined Americas sales organization that included channels, field sales, inside sales, sales engineering and sales operations. Tchejeyan joined Symantec following the company’s acquisition of Blue Coat, Inc. in August 2016 where he previously served as Senior Vice President of Americas Sales and Sales Operations. Tchejeyan has over 15 years of executive leadership and sales leadership in cybersecurity, with a successful track record in driving business strategy and growth initiatives for Commercial, Enterprise and Government sectors. Prior to Blue Coat, Tchejeyan held various sales leadership roles at McAfee, helping grow McAfee’s presence in the cybersecurity space. Tchejeyan holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
J. Taylor Crandall is Chairman Emeritus and a founding member of Oak Hill Capital, which he co-led until his retirement from an active investing role at Oak Hill Capital in 2019. Prior to joining Oak Hill Capital in 1986, Crandall was a Vice President with the First National Bank of Boston, where he managed the leveraged buyout group and the bank’s Dallas energy office. Crandall earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College, where he has served on the Board of Overseers. Crandall also received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Bowdoin College in 2010. Crandall is a board member of the US Ski Team, Stanford Children’s Hospital, Hilltop Holdings, Everspring Holdings, EPIC, Metronet, POWDR Corp., Pulsant, Easyknock and The Stanford Distinguished Career Institute. Crandall is also an Advisor to the CEO of Plenty Unlimited, Inc., as well as for Grace Science Foundation.
John B. Mumford was the Founding Partner of Crosspoint Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, which was founded in 1982. Mumford was a co-founder and chairman or director of five public companies: Hello Direct, Inmac, Office Club (Office Depot), Ariba and E2open. Mumford co-founded and funded numerous private companies during his 40+ year career. In the 1980s and 1990s, Mumford served on the NVCA Board of Directors and was the second recipient in 2001 of the International Business Forum’s Venture Capital Lifetime Achievement Award.* Mumford served in the United States Navy and worked for IBM Systems and KPMG Consulting earlier in his career. Mumford received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mumford is a Certified Public Accountant.
* In 2001, the International Business Forum (“IBF”) awarded Mumford a Venture Capital Lifetime Achievement Award. International Business Forum is no longer actively in business and the criteria it used to decide such award is not available to Crosspoint Capital Partners.