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Kevin Mandia Named General Partner of Ballistic Ventures

Ballistic Ventures

Ballistic Ventures, a San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm dedicated to funding and incubating entrepreneurs and innovations in cybersecurity, announced that co-founder Kevin Mandia is now General Partner.

As General Partner, Mandia will draw from his knowledge of the threat landscape and expertise as a founder and CEO to expand his investments within the firm and continue to mentor entrepreneurs and scale companies across the Ballistic portfolio.

Mandia is specialized in cybersecurity, known for his efforts to fight cyber threats for more than 30 years. In 2004, he founded cybersecurity firm Mandiant, serving as CEO from 2004 to 2013, when Mandiant Corporation was acquired by FireEye. He took the helm as CEO of FireEye in 2016, guiding the company through a divestiture and corporate name change to Mandiant, Inc. in 2021, and through an acquisition by Google in 2022. Mandia recently transitioned to an advisory role within Google Cloud, and he continues to sit on the Google Public Sector board.

In 2023, Mandia was appointed by President Biden to serve as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). He is also a member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. Previously, Mandia held positions in the security consulting divisions of Sytex, acquired by Lockheed Martin, and Foundstone, acquired by McAfee. He also served in the United States Air Force as a computer security officer at the Pentagon, and later as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Ballistic Ventures was co-founded in 2021 by Mandia and General Partners Barmak Meftah, Ted Schlein, Jake Seid and Roger Thornton. While CEO of Mandiant (now part of Google Cloud), Mandia jointly served as Co-founder and Strategic Partner at Ballistic, leading the firm’s investment in SpecterOps, the Attack Path Management company, where he is an Observer to the company’s Board of Directors. Mandia also served as the second investing partner for five of the VC firm’s 18 investments to date, and is a Board Observer to portfolio company Alethea, the disinformation detection and mitigation company.

The Ballistic portfolio includes Aembit, Alethea, ArmorCode, AuthMind, Codezero, Concentric AI, Mimic, Nudge Security, Oligo, Pangea, Perygee, Reach Security, SpecterOps, Talon (PANW), Veza and WitnessAI.