Chris Lynch is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Accomplice, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Chris backs entrepreneurs building companies based on disruptive enterprise technology and is most often the founding investor. He is also co-founder of hack/reduce, a non-profit that is driving Boston’s big data ecosystem, hack/secure, a non-profit shaping the Cybersecurity community across the U.S. and is an advisor and mentor to dozens of entrepreneurs and startups.
Before joining Accomplice, Chris held CEO and leadership roles at tech startups where during his career he raised over $150M in capital and returned more than $7B to his investors. Chris was CEO of Vertica (acquired by HP) and Acopia Networks (acquired by F5 Networks); and held executive leadership positions at Arrowpoint Communications (IPO, then acquired by Cisco), Prominet (acquired by Lucent) and Wellfleet Communications (acquired by Bay Networks).
Chris is an avid supporter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. He first became involved with St. Baldrick’s more than four years ago when he launched the first annual hack/reduce and Boston Big Data fundraising event. Since then, the event has raised more than $1M to help fund pediatric cancer research.
Chris was born in Yonkers, New York and attended Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems; followed by Bentley College’s Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business, where he received an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Chris also received an honorary doctorate of commercial science from Bentley University. A father of five children, he and his wife live outside Boston.
Cort Johnson is co-founder and executive director of hack/secure, a syndicate of the top cybersecurity minds investing in the next generation of cybersecurity companies. He is also a venture partner with Accomplice, an early stage venture capital firm, where he invests in seed stage cybersecurity and Big Data companies.
Prior to joining Accomplice Cort co-founded Terrible Labs, a leading product design and development company which was ultimately acquired by Autodesk.
Cort initially got involved in the technology startup community founding DartBoston, an organization focused on bringing together Boston’s twenty-something technologists. DartBoston hosted hundreds of events, connecting thousands of people in Boston’s startup community.
Dan Guido leads the strategic vision for Trail of Bits’s products and services, and manages its day-to-day operations. Dan prioritizes work on automated, scalable tools that make a measurable impact for elite organizations ranging from Facebook to DARPA.
Since founding Trail of Bits in 2012, Dan has built the company with people that span the gap between academic research and real-world problems. He pushes his team to study complex computer science topics, and modern attackers’ tactics, techniques and procedures.
It’s through this approach that Trail of Bits addresses the root causes of its clients’ challenges, and develops tools that make a lasting impact. When possible, Dan prefers to share the knowledge those tools embody, and to open-source them for the infosec community to use.
In addition to his professional work, Dan helps moderate Reddit Netsec, organizes Empire Hacking, and supports ambitious startups through the advisory boards for hack/secure and 3 Kings Capital.
Dustin is a serial entrepreneur and current CTO and Co-founder of innovative security startup Critical Stack (acquired by Capital One). Prior to Critical Stack, Dustin co-founded one of the first cloud security companies, Threat Stack. Dustin has built a legendary reputation in the infosec community for his numerous key open source contributions, his iconic interface design, and the sheer speed at which he delivers new innovative software.
Before his startup career, Dustin was a founding member of the GE's elite Computer Incident Response Team and key member of Mandiant and Tenable's core product teams. Dustin has dedicated himself to scaling his passion to the vibrant and promising Boston technology community to inspire and invest in new innovative security companies.
HD has spent the last 20 years hacking into networks, auditing software, writing exploits, developing teams, and building products. HD is best known as the founder of Metasploit, the foremost open source exploit development framework. Metasploit was acquired by Rapid7 in 2009 and HD built out the Austin office and the commercial Metasploit product line.
Rapid7 went public in 2015 and HD has since moved on to run his own consultancy, Special Circumstances, LLC. HD continues to hack all the things while working with a wide range of firms, from pre-seed startups to large enterprise.
Jen has spent over 15 years as a technical leader and entrepreneur in the cybersecurity space. She is the founder and CEO of Komand and previously co-founded Threat Stack, one of the first cloud security monitoring companies. Jen has a special love for building security products, honed from her experience in product R&D and security operations at prominent security companies like Mandiant and Symantec.
Additionally, she co-organizes several Boston-based engineering and security meetups, and is excited about how the Hack/Secure community will stimulate security innovation across the country.
Liam Randall is CEO of Critical Stack (acquired by Capital One). He founded Critical Stack to containerize security infrastructure. He has focused on end-user training, application development and advanced NSM at large scale. A frequent speaker at security conferences you can usually find him training users on the Bro Platform at workshops, conferences or online.