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lessons from cybersecurity exits – techcrunch


dear f0und3r:what a month this has been for cybersecurity! one unicorn ipo and two nice acquisitions – zscaler’s great debut on wall street,  a $300 million acquisition of evident.io by palo alto networks and a $350 million acquisition of phantom cyber by splunk has gotten all of us excited.word on the street is that in each of those exits, the founders took home ~30% to 40% of the proceeds. which is not bad for ~ 4 /5 years of work. they can finally afford to buy two bedroom homes in silicon valley.evident.io investment rounds and return estimatesdateselect investorsround sizeprepostdilutionestimated returns / multiple of invested capitalsep 2013true ventures$1.5m$5.25m$6.75 m22%44xnov 2014bain capital$9.8 m$18.1m$28.0 m35%10.7xapr 2016venrock$15.7 m$35.0 m$50.7 m30%6xfeb 2017gv$22.0 m$73






join the techcrunch meetup in davos #tcdavos


techcrunch is holding an informal meetup during the world economic forum’s annual meeting in davos, switzerland. grab a free ticket here.the event precedes our techcrunch meetup the week after in zug, switzerland, the so-called crypto valley. you can grab a ticket here.the davos meetup will be co-hosted by samantha stein, techcrunch’s director of special projects & startup battlefield editor, and mike butcher, editor-at-large of techcrunch. investors, angels, startup community leaders, and startup founders can join us to hear about techcrunch’s startup battlefield and about our other activities, followed by informal networking.because of the timing, we’re inviting you to join us at 1pm to first watch the donald trump keynote address to the wef congress, on the big screens, followed by the






as global startup exits grow, europe sees its profile rise


alex wilhelmcontributoralex wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of crunchbase news and co-host of equity, techcrunch's venture capital-focused podcast. more posts by this contributor: looking at the number of exits produced and the total dollar volume those liquidity events commanded, the european startup scene has shown growth over the past year.that fact comes from the startups m&a 2017 report — made in partnership with crunchbase and mind the bridge. the report details the growth and maturation of the global startup scene, with a particular focus on the european continent and its most recent exit results.this is the second time crunchbase and mind the bridge have worked together to dive into the world of european startups. last year the data, as noted on techcrunch at the time, indicated tha






the state of israel’s cybersecurity market


ofer schreibercontributorofer schreiber is a partner at yl ventures. more posts by this contributor: iren reznikovcontributoriren reznikov is an analyst for yl ventures. more posts by this contributor: the equifax breach, wannacry, notpetya, the nsa leak, and many more cyber incidents – 2017 was certainly a busy year for hackers, illustrating yet again just how vital innovative cybersecurity solutions are in the fight against cyber threats.second only to the u.s., in terms of cybersecurity investment 2017 was another excellent year for israeli cybersecurity startups, with dozens of companies being formed, breaking fundraising records and producing solid exits. the 2017 data also suggest that the israeli cybersecurity industry is maturing, as we see a shift in funding towards later stage co






join the techcrunch meetup at the world economic forum #tcdavos


techcrunch is holding an informal meetup during the world economic forum’s annual meeting in davos, switzerland. grab a free ticket here.the event precedes our techcrunch meetup the week after in zug, switzerland, the so-called crypto valley. you can grab a ticket here.the davos meetup will be co-hosted by samantha stein, techcrunch’s director of special projects & startup battlefield editor, and mike butcher, editor-at-large of techcrunch. investors, angels, startup community leaders, and startup founders can join us to hear about techcrunch’s startup battlefield and about our other activities, followed by informal networking.because of the timing, we’re inviting you to join us at 1pm to first watch the donald trump keynote address to the wef congress, on the big screens, followed by the






techcrunch is back in berlin january 15th


we just could not stay away! in december, techcrunch held disrupt at the berlin arena. we were wowed by the berlin startup scene and just couldn’t get enough. in fact, germany’s own blik became the 2017 runner-up of startup battlefield berlin. well now we are back, and we want to meet more of your startups.techcrunch is holding an informal startup battlefield meet and greet on january 15th with samantha stein, techcrunch’s director of special projects & battlefield editor, and mike butcher, editor-at-large of techcrunch. investors, angels, startup community leaders, and startup founders can join to learn more about techcrunch’s startup battlefield.founders will learn how to apply for battlefield with a killer application, and investors will learn how to refer companies in their portfolio.






techcrunch is back in africa next week! – techcrunch


techcrunch is headed back to africa to find the next wave of early stage startups tackling big ideas! last october, techcrunch held startup battlefield in nairobi, kenya and featured 15 early stage startups from across the continent. we’re impressed by the sub-saharan africa startup scene and can’t wait to meet the next crop of innovators in the coming weeks.you can meet startup battlefield director, samantha stein, and learn more about techcrunch’s startup battlefield program at one of the upcoming meet and greets. investors, angels, startup community leaders, and startup founders can join to learn more about techcrunch’s startup battlefield. rsvp below as space is filling up fast!founders will learn how to apply for battlefield with a killer application, and investors will learn how to r






techcrunch is back in africa next week! – techcrunch


techcrunch is headed back to africa to find the next wave of early stage startups tackling big ideas! last october, techcrunch held startup battlefield in nairobi, kenya and featured 15 early stage startups from across the continent. we’re impressed by the sub-saharan africa startup scene and can’t wait to meet the next crop of innovators in the coming weeks.you can meet startup battlefield director, samantha stein, and learn more about techcrunch’s startup battlefield program at one of the upcoming meet and greets. investors, angels, startup community leaders, and startup founders can join to learn more about techcrunch’s startup battlefield. rsvp below as space is filling up fast!founders will learn how to apply for battlefield with a killer application, and investors will learn how to r






cybersecurity 2018


usa today cybersecurity magazine offers news and information on cybersecurity, including technology, useful tools, trends and advice. default project/title, , ennumber of pages: 44going live: 2018-04-09 13:37:29






a better way to teach cybersecurity to workers


by sept. 17, 2017 10:02 p.m. et companies are starting to take a new approach to getting employees to be more vigilant about cybersecurity. instead of punishing employees when they make mistakes, they’re rewarding them when they do something good.the problem, security experts say, is that the usual security training is a big turnoff for employees. most of the time, all it does is try to instill fear of clicking on suspicious links or using weak passwords. but research shows that approach doesn’t work. even with training, employees are still prone to making simple security mistakes that leave a company vulnerable to damaging hacks.journal reportmore in cybersecuritynow some companies are abandoning the stick for the carrot. in some cases, they’re using games, contests and prizes to teach em






a better way to teach cybersecurity to workers


by sept. 17, 2017 10:02 p.m. et companies are starting to take a new approach to getting employees to be more vigilant about cybersecurity. instead of punishing employees when they make mistakes, they’re rewarding them when they do something good.the problem, security experts say, is that the usual security training is a big turnoff for employees. most of the time, all it does is try to instill fear of clicking on suspicious links or using weak passwords. but research shows that approach doesn’t work. even with training, employees are still prone to making simple security mistakes that leave a company vulnerable to damaging hacks.journal reportmore in cybersecuritynow some companies are abandoning the stick for the carrot. in some cases, they’re using games, contests and prizes to teach em






a better way to teach cybersecurity to workers


by sept. 17, 2017 10:02 p.m. et companies are starting to take a new approach to getting employees to be more vigilant about cybersecurity. instead of punishing employees when they make mistakes, they’re rewarding them when they do something good.the problem, security experts say, is that the usual security training is a big turnoff for employees. most of the time, all it does is try to instill fear of clicking on suspicious links or using weak passwords. but research shows that approach doesn’t work. even with training, employees are still prone to making simple security mistakes that leave a company vulnerable to damaging hacks.journal reportmore in cybersecuritynow some companies are abandoning the stick for the carrot. in some cases, they’re using games, contests and prizes to teach em






duolingo introduces a subscription service to kill ads, download lessons offline


duolingo is introducing duolingo plus, a $10/month subscription that’ll cut ads and let you download lessons for offline use on android.advertisementthe new feature is rolling out as a bit of an experiment on android and will only be seen by select users. the main reason, as you’d expect, is to create a more sustainable business model. the free ad-supported version will continue to exist, but those who want the extra download feature and lack of ads can pay for that luxury.introducing duolingo plus | via techcrunch






techcrunch to host a startup competition with facebook in nairobi


techcrunch is hosting its first startup competition in sub-saharan africa. we’ve wanted to bring techcrunch to africa for a long time, and now thanks to our sponsor facebook, we will bring the startup battlefield competition, to nairobi on october 11 this year.we’re looking for sub-saharan africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs to participate in techcrunch battlefield africa 2017. startups can apply to three categories: social good, productivity and utility, gaming and entertainment. techcrunch will host the event in nairobi in front of a live audience and top judges, and we will live stream the show on techcrunch and facebook so the rest of the world can tune in. the judges will choose a winner in each category and select an overall winner, “sub-saharan africa’s most






techcrunch to host a startup competition with facebook in nairobi


techcrunch is hosting its first startup competition in sub-saharan africa. we’ve wanted to bring techcrunch to africa for a long time, and now thanks to our sponsor facebook, we will bring the startup battlefield competition, to nairobi on october 11 this year.we’re looking for sub-saharan africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs to participate in techcrunch battlefield africa 2017. startups can apply to three categories: social good, productivity and utility, gaming and entertainment. techcrunch will host the event in nairobi in front of a live audience and top judges, and we will live stream the show on techcrunch and facebook so the rest of the world can tune in. the judges will choose a winner in each category and select an overall winner, “sub-saharan africa’s most






u.s. tech firms spooked by china’s arcane cybersecurity law


six months after it went into force, china’s tough new cybersecurity law is still troubling u.s. technology executives who fear that it will put the intellectual property of their companies and the data they collect in jeopardy.the cybersecurity law was the focus of a two-hour, closed-door session on the sidelines of this week’s state-sponsored world internet conference in wuzhen, according to people familiar with the situation. ...






where the jobs are: cybersecurity


jeremy king, theresa payton and jennifer steffens say cybersecurity experts are hard to find. but they are out there if you know where to look.






general keith alexander is coming to disrupt ny


as the longest-serving director of the national security agency, gen. keith alexander certainly knows a thing or two about cybersecurity and the threats companies face from sophisticated nation-state hackers. that’s why alexander founded ironnet cybersecurity in 2014 after retiring from his post at nsa.in the three years since ironnet was founded, cybersecurity has become an issue of national importance. alexander recently testified before the senate select committee on intelligence about russia’s interference with the 2016 election, describing how propaganda was used during the campaign and giving advice on how the u.s. should counter these efforts.an interview with general keith alexander on cybersecurity, snowden, and ironnetalexander also spoke about the foreign intelligence surveillan






due diligence on cybersecurity becomes bigger factor in m&a


automatic data processing inc. deployed a team of cybersecurity, risk management and financial-crime specialists to workmarket before acquiring it in january. the adp team combed the software maker’s technology, practices and internal policies. it also interviewed staff about monitoring for intrusions, training employees and performing other security tasks. the payroll processor also hired a cybersecurity firm to do its own evaluation....






announcing startup battlefield europe at vivatech this may


techcrunch startup battlefield is headed to vivatech in paris on may 24th to find and feature the best early-stage startup across europe! in partnership with vivatech, startupbattlefield europe will feature startups from across continental europe working on the cutting-edge technologies blooming this spring. vivatech is the perfect spot to host our startup battlefield europe competition as founders, business leaders, investors, academics, students, and media from europe and around the world will descend on paris to preview the future.techcrunch will host startup battlefield europe at vivatech on may 24-25 in front of a live audience and top judges, and we will live stream the show on techcrunch, so the rest of the world can tune in. the overall winner of startup battlefield europe will als






announcing startup battlefield europe at vivatech this may


techcrunch startup battlefield is headed to vivatech in paris on may 24th to find and feature the best early-stage startup across europe! in partnership with vivatech, startupbattlefield europe will feature startups from across continental europe working on the cutting-edge technologies blooming this spring. vivatech is the perfect spot to host our startup battlefield europe competition as founders, business leaders, investors, academics, students, and media from europe and around the world will descend on paris to preview the future.techcrunch will host startup battlefield europe at vivatech on may 24-25 in front of a live audience and top judges, and we will live stream the show on techcrunch, so the rest of the world can tune in. the overall winner of startup battlefield europe will als






reminder: apply for the techcrunch battlefield africa in nairobi


this one’s for you, startups in sub-saharan africa. techcrunch is excited to be partnering with facebook to bring our illustrious startup competition, the startup battlefield, to nairobi, kenya later this year, and we’re looking for some promising startups to take part in the inaugural startup battlefield africa.startups can apply to one of three categories: social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertainment. as long as your company fits into one of these categories and you meet the eligibility criteria at the bottom of this post, you are encouraged to apply no later than july 14, 2017 at 5pm pst.the application can be found here. companies selected to participate will be notified by august 21.techcrunch will host startup battlefield africa in nairobi in front of a live audi






new, new, new techcrunch | techcrunch


advertisement in the beginning, there was techcrunch.then there was new techcrunch. and, if you’ve been reading techcrunch for the last five years or so, you’re used to seeing new, new techcrunch. our last redesign, launched in 2013, was conceived when ios was still skeuomorphic and responsive web design was forward thinking. it’s served us well, but the internet never stands still and neither do we.today, we’re launching new, new, new techcrunch to about 10 percent of our readers. if you’re in that group, you’re going to see a very, very 1.0 version of our new site that we’re going to build on over the next few years to deliver what we hope is an experience that aligns perfectly with what we cover as well as how we cover it.the premise of techcrunch has always been built around seeing thi






techcrunch include office hours with greylock partners


techcrunch include office hours are back for september, and we’re partnering with greylock partners for the second year in a row. on september 15th at 2-4 pm pt, greylock investors — sarah guo, matt heiman and saam motamedi — will be meeting with underserved and underrepresented founders, providing valuable feedback and guidance. apply now!launched in 2014, techcrunch’s include program applies resources uniquely available to techcrunch, including our editorial and events platforms, to create access and opportunity for underserved and underrpresented founders.techcrunch include office hours are a part of this effort. each month, techcrunch partners with a vc in new york or san francisco to host these meetings. these private 20-minute sessions are valuable opportunities for entrepreneurs to






techcrunch’s startup battlefield australia joined by leading aussie names


as you’ve probably gathered techcrunch is headed to australia to find the most disruptive early-stage startups, in partnership with elevacao. as we like to say these days, ‘all roads lead to disrupt’ and our focus now is to reach out internationally to find the best startups for our disrupt stages, from all around the world.techcrunch’s startup battlefield australia is our first ever, and it’s particularly sweet for me to be able to leave london and come ‘down under’. it’s a little-known fact that i have dual nationality, being both born in the uk but also holding an australian passport. but more of that in a moment.australia is increasingly known as a tech startup hub, witnessing atlassian’s $1.1 billion ipo, a $250 million equity growth round for australia’s campaign monitor and a $150 m






google parent launches cybersecurity firm


google has a new sibling.google’s parent company, alphabet inc., said wednesday it is launching its 13th unit: a cybersecurity business called chronicle llc.the company plans to sell cybersecurity services to other companies. chronicle chief executive stephen gillett, a former executive at antivirus-software firm symantec corp., said chronicle...






want a career in cybersecurity? here are 10 jobs to explore


with a growing cyber threat landscape and an estimated 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide, the field is wide open for both recent graduates and people looking to make a career change.job postings in the cybersecurity field have gone up 74% over the past five years—and us news and world report ranked a career in information security analysis fifth on its list of best technology jobs. average salaries nationally are $88,890, and significantly higher in cities such as san francisco and new york.more about it securityfree pdf download: cybersecurity in an iot and mobile worldthis special report from zdnet and techrepublic examines the evolving landscape of cybersecurity as mobile and iot become indispensable tools in the enterprise. download it as a free pdf ebook."the job prospec






for cybersecurity, ai helps alleviate shortage of human experts


tighter cybersecurity is a priority for most companies. but good help is so hard to find.qualified employees in cybersecurity are in such short supply and the surging need in this field is so great that consulting firms, security companies and businesses are turning to artificial intelligence to help plug the gaps.an expected one million jobs in cybersecurity will go unfilled this year world-wide, the information systems audit and control association says. many companies that do fill open roles use employees from other departments or recent graduates who are untested in corporate cybersecurity.journal reportmore in c-suite strategiesand what’s really troubling, while many companies rely on a scarce number of human experts to defend their data, cybercriminals can marshal thousands of comput






the sec says companies must disclose more information about cybersecurity risks


the u.s. securities and exchange commission issued new guidance calling on public companies to be more forthcoming when disclosing cybersecurity risks, even before a breach or attack happens. the statement, which expands on previous guidance issued in 2011, also warns that corporate insiders must not trade shares when they have information about cybersecurity issues that isn’t public yet.while the commission’s five members voted unanimously to approve the guidance, both of its democratic commissioners said it needs to take more action (the sec as a group is non-partisan, with no more than three out of its five commissioners allowed to belong to the same party).the guidance was issued as an “interpretive release,” which the sec uses to publish their views and interpret federal securities la






the world needs more cybersecurity pros, but millennials aren't interested in th


more about it securityevidence of the cybersecurity workforce shortage continues to mount: by 2022, there will be 1.8 million open jobs in this field, according to the recent global information security workforce study from the nonprofit isc(2)—up from the 2015 estimate of 1.5 million by 2020."the numbers are going in the wrong direction," said wesley simpson, coo of isc(2), of the study, which surveyed 19,000 cybersecurity professionals. "it's a huge concern to organizations as well as people in this profession." one major reason for the shortage? millennials aren't going into the field. only 7% of cybersecurity workers surveyed were under age 29, and 13% were between ages 30 and 34. the average age of cyber professionals is 42, simpson said."over the next 10 years, we will have a large p






all roads lead to cyber


a lot of media tells us we have a critical shortage of cybersecurity people and we need to train thousands more! there seems to be this idea that if we just get enough cybersecurity-focused people we'll be fine -- cyber warriors to the rescue! (you can stick "cyber" in front of anything at the moment and it's cool.)now, i won't for a second say we shouldn't have people focused on cyber, or that cyber-focused courses and degrees are a bad thing.it's excellent we're upskilling professionals and broadening the base of those with cybersecurity knowledge -- because we do need to raise the collective awareness and understanding of this business critical risk -- but there are two considerations we need to talk about given the idea that we need thousands upon thousands of specially trained cyberse






announcing startup battlefield at disrupt san francisco


each year, techcrunch selects early-stage startups from a pool of thousands across the globe, and selects the top innovators to compete in startup battlefield. over the next three days at techcrunch disrupt sf 2017, a select few will vie for $50,000 and the coveted disrupt cup.our founders are using vr for precision spinal surgery and emotional recognition. they are using biotech for pathogen detection, personalized cancer treatments, and even gender detection in eggs. they are removing the need for commercial photo studios, and annoying cords to charge devices. of course, they are also helping to protect your data and homes. each company has spent the last two months refining their business models and pitches with the battlefield team and techcrunch editorial. it culminates onstage with a






infographic: almost half of companies say cybersecurity readiness has improved i


mobile and iot-connected devices present special security risks that many companies are still figuring out how to mitigate. zdnet's sister site, tech pro research, recently polled it professionals about the state of cybersecurity in their workplaces. most seemed to feel that cyberthreats were relatively well controlled. the majority of respondents said their company's cybersecurity readiness was average or above, and most said it had improved in the past year.when asked for further explanation, respondents who said their company's cybersecurity had improved most commonly gave these four answers: greater awareness of riskbetter control over securityimproved employee training and educationbetter control over malwarethe majority of respondents also said that their company has cybersecurity po






startup battlefield application deadline extended for disrupt sf


procrastinators rejoice — the application deadline for startup battlefield, disrupt san francisco 2017 has been extended until monday, july 17 at 12 pm pt. that means you have two extra days to do whatever it takes to give your early-stage startup a shot at presenting on the main stage at disrupt sf.startup battlefield participants compete for a $50,000 prize and the disrupt cup — not to mention the potential to launch their company from obscurity onto a world stage.participants each have six minutes to demonstrate their product and to answer questions from a panel of judges consisting of well-known vcs and techcrunch editors. all of this takes place in front of a live audience of investors, partners and media, and it’s simultaneously streamed to a global audience via techcrunch.com and so






final days to apply for startup battlefield australia


what could you do in the next three days to change your startup’s trajectory? apply to startup battlefield australia! taking an hour today to apply could result in $25,000 aud to extend your startup’s runway, an all-expense paid trip to techcrunch disrupt san francisco 2018, pitch training that will leave investors asking for more, global media exposure across techcrunch’s channels and a warm welcome into the startup battlefield alumni community. who are the alumni? at the time of application, they were early-stage founders — just like you. the startup battlefield has been bringing world-class founders into the spotlight since 2007, and in the past decade almost 700 contestants have gone on to raise nearly $7 billion in funding and rack up nearly 100 exits and ipos. our community of battle






cybersecurity executive order impact limited as deadlines near


back on may 11, president trump signed an executive order on cybersecurity, giving civilian and military agencies a 60-day deadline for reviewing cybersecurity posture. as that initial deadline nears, eweek reached out to security experts to see what, if any impact the executive order is currently having. "there has not been any public impact thus far," joseph carson, chief security scientist at thycotic, a washington d.c. based provider of privileged account management (pam) solutions, told eweek. "this executive order is making the agencies executive heads accountable and responsible for cybersecurity risk, quickly identifying and reporting back the current state of cybersecurity."carson said that in his view the executive order is a a gap analysis exercise and it is important to note th






officesuite pro + pdf (trial)


the latest officesuite is our fastest ever, with drastically improved speed across the entire app and a refreshed design that makes it easier to use than ever. the most ed office app on google play. delivers the most exclusive features over any other office app. installed on 200 million devices in 195 countries and growing. over 50 million s alongside 55, 000 daily activationsofficesuite lets you easily view, edit, and create word, excel, and powerpoint documents, convert to pdf, and manage your files all with the most feature-rich mobile office solution available on android. preloaded by top manufacturers including sony, amazon, acer, alcatel, toshiba, sharp, yotaphone, kyocera and more. google play editors' choiceinfoworld's top mobile officelife er best android office apppcmag editor