Shasta Ventures is doubling down on safety startups with three new hires – TechCrunch

Early-stage enterprise capital agency Shasta Ventures has introduced on three new faces to beef up its enterprise software program and safety portfolio amid an enormous push to “go deeper” into cybersecurity, per Shasta’s managing director Doug Pepper.

Balaji Yelamanchili (above left), the previous common supervisor and government vice chairman of Symantec’s enterprise safety enterprise unit, joins as a enterprise associate on the agency’s enterprise software program staff. He was beforehand a senior vice chairman at Oracle and Dell EMC. Pepper says Yelamanchili can be sourcing investments and should take board seats in “certain cases.”

The agency has additionally tapped Salesforce’s former chief data safety officer Izak Mutlu (above heart) as an executive-in-residence, a job during which he’ll advise Shasta portfolio firms. Mutlu spent 11 years on the cloud computing firm managing IT safety and compliance.

InterWest board associate Drew Harman, the ultimate new rent, has joined as a board associate and can work carefully with the chief government officers of Shasta’s startups. Harman has labored in enterprise software program for 25 years throughout a lot of roles. He’s at the moment on the boards of the cloud-based monetization platform Aria, enterprise content material advertising and marketing startup NewsCred, buyer retention software program supplier Totango and others.

There’s no space at present that’s extra essential than cybersecurity,” Pepper instructed TechCrunch. “The enterprise of enterprise has gotten more and more aggressive and it calls for extra focus than ever earlier than. We aren’t on the lookout for generalists, we’re on the lookout for area specialists.”

Shasta’s safety investments embody e-mail authentication service Valimail, which raised a $25 million Collection B in Might. Airspace Techniques, a startup that constructed “kinetic capture” applied sciences that may determine offending unmanned aircrafts and take them down, raised a $20 million spherical with participation from Shasta in March. And 4-year-old Stealth Safety, a startup that defends firms from automated bot assaults, secured an $eight million funding from Shasta in February.

The Menlo Park-based agency filed to boost $300 million for its fifth flagship VC fund in 2016. A 12 months later, it introduced a specialty automobile geared towards augmented and digital actuality app growth. With greater than $1 billion underneath administration, the agency additionally backs client, IoT, robotics and space-tech firms throughout the U.S.

Within the final 12 months, Shasta has promoted Nikhil Basu Trivedi, Nitin Chopra and Jacob Mullins from affiliate to associate, in addition to added two new associates, Natalie Sandman and Rachel Star.

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