Reshore, Modernize, Expedite, Secure

Hank Thomas, SCVX CTO & Strategic Cyber Ventures CEO

Throughout 2020, the pandemic highlighted massive weaknesses in supply chains and critical infrastructure — a situation where demand for everything our society relies upon was in short supply and vulnerable. In a matter of days, supply chain weaknesses became national security concerns, in part due to our over-reliance on global supply chain networks.

Now is the time to invest in software-defined manufacturing capabilities — so the world can build what is needed, when it is needed, where it is needed most.

This is where Bright Machines comes in.

Bright Machines is a pioneer in the digital transformation of manufacturing through…


While every month of the year should be dedicated to women of all races and backgrounds, March is specifically dedicated to highlighting women who have made a difference in history, opening up possibilities to young girls.

This Women’s History Month, we spoke to the women in the Strategic Cyber Ventures network to get their words of advice about navigating the workforce.

From left to right: Tracey Pretorius, Vivian Schneck-Last, Ann Kirschner, Simone Petrella

Advice to your 20-year-old self:

Ann Kirschner, SCV Board Member, University Professor:

“Surprise yourself! Welcome those plot twists in your life! Test your strength....you'll discover that you're a lot more resilient and resourceful than you thought. Embrace family, friends, and the unexpected experiences that are the rocket fuel to your future.”

Vivian Schneck Last, SCVX Board Member, former Managing Director of Goldman Sachs:


Lieutenant Colonel Steve Gribschaw has spent 20+ years honing his craft in the US Army, and now we have the honor of working with him for the next three months. Through the DoD SkillBridge Program, Steve will be joining the SCV + SCVX teams as he transitions to the next phase of his career.

It’s been such a pleasure getting to know Steve, and now it’s your turn!

Strategic Cyber Ventures: Hi Steve, welcome aboard! Before we get into the meat of it all, can you introduce yourself?
Steve Gribschaw:
My name is Steve Gribschaw. I’m getting ready to retire after…


Time flies and it is up to you how you spend it — we’ve chosen to build awesome security technologies. Strategic Cyber Ventures just passed its five-year mark, and we’re ready for five more!

There’s a lot to be grateful for. So, join us for a trip down memory lane as we reflect on our journey.

Looking Back:

“When we started SCV five years ago, we had one mission: find really cool security technology with awesome management teams, map them to known requirements, invest in them, and help them grow,” explained CEO and Founder Hank Thomas. …


Dennis Cherian, senior finance major at Villanova University, joined SCV late December as our first intern! We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Dennis these past weeks over Zoom and email, but we spent the morning taking a bit of a deeper dive.

History lover, twin brother, and theater newb, Dennis comes to SCV with years of both internship experience and extracurricular activities under his belt. Starting at his local state senator’s office in high school, Dennis moved up to the New Jersey Treasury Department, before heading to the White House his freshman year of college. …


Chris Ahern, Principal

For a long time, services were considered a bad word to many VCs — synonymous with low margins, low multiples, and a distraction from higher-margin, scalable software product sales. But for some businesses, perhaps professional services can be used as a go-to-market strategy, a foot in the door that could lead to product sales.

CrowdStrike has been successful with this strategy for years, stating in one of its SEC filings that: “Among organizations who first became a customer after February 1, 2017, for each $1.00 spent by those customers on their initial engagement for our incident response…


Strategic Cyber Ventures is supported by an incredible board of advisors, with decades of cumulative experience spanning a myriad of industries.

In this series, we’re taking the time to get to know our Advisory Board on a deeper level.

First up, meet Simone Petrella, CEO & Founder of CyberVista.

Strategic Cyber Ventures: Tell us a little bit about your background and your relationship with the cybersecurity industry.
Simone Petrella:
I think I’m like a lot of cyber professionals where my path into the industry was actually not through computer science or cybersecurity per se. …


Strategic Cyber Ventures is supported by an incredible board of advisors, with decades of cumulative experience spanning a myriad of industries.

In this series, we’re taking the time to get to know our Advisory Board on a deeper level.

First up, meet Peter Joukov, co-founder of inq Tattoos Boutique.

Watch the full interview here!

Strategic Cyber Ventures: Tell us a little bit about your background and your relationship with the cybersecurity industry.
Peter Joukov:
It may sound a little interesting that I co-founded inq Tattoos Boutique and I’m on the advisory board of Strategic Cyber Ventures, but most of my past…


This pillar comprises implementing defend forward in day-to-day competition to counter adversary cyber campaigns and impose costs, as well as being prepared to prevail in crisis and conflict. It is important to note that the military instrument of power is intended to complement, rather than supplant, other instruments.

This pillar focuses on two key aspects: implementing the military component of defend forward and securing the resilience of key weapon systems and functions.

Desired End States

The recommendations here focus on ensuring that the US protects its ability to employ the military instrument of power.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #1: GROW THE CAPACITY OF THE CYBER…


At a Glance —

What we do:
Hank Thomas:
CEO, Co-Founder, and Accidental Venture Capitalist
Chris Ahern: SCV Principal
Abbie Ginis: Marketing & Operations

What do you like best about working at SCV?
HT
: Doing things our own way and learning something new every day. Coming up with new ways to help the cybersecurity industry and our portfolio never gets dull.
CA: The ability to invest over a long-term horizon allowing us to navigate crowded, noisy, and turbulent markets.
AG: I like the amount of variability in the day to day. It’s cliche to say, but no two days are alike, which I love. Keeps me on…

Strategic Cyber Ventures

Firm hand-shakers with an eye for expert investment and ripe watermelons.

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