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The need for expert valuation services is increasing in today’s litigious environment. The valuation of closely-held business interests and related assets in the context of tax, corporate transactions and legal disputes is necessary to properly resolve matters and make key financial decisions.
In contentious situations such as divorce or shareholder disputes, it is typical for the parties to hire two valuation experts; one for each side. However, opposing parties may jointly decide, in consultation with their legal teams, to use a neutral valuation expert (NVE). In this case, a neutral appraisal is completed for parties with opposing interests by an independent third-party appraiser or valuation expert.
How can a neutral valuation expert assist you?
- Reduce Financial Uncertainty and Suspicion – The NVE has the expertise to identify the necessary and appropriate data required to ensure full disclosure of all relevant financial information including, financial statements, tax returns, and other bank, investment and retirement plan account data. Trust increases when clients are comfortable that a complete financial picture has been presented and any questions have been asked and answered.
- Provide Fair Access to Financial Information – Specifically, in a divorce setting, the NVE can alleviate the non-money spouse’s financial suspicions and concerns. In many cases, one spouse handles the family’s finances or holds equity interests in privately-held companies. A lack of familiarity with the family finances contributes to angst and uncertainty about the future. The NVE may educate the spouse who has not been intimately involved with the finances. The increased education and understanding diminishes some of the anxiety and concern.
- Independent Opinion – Since the NVE is independent, the parties are more likely to reach an agreement. The NVE can help clients evaluate the various financial options under consideration and explain how those decisions impact both parties and the valuation outcome. Information about the implications of various terms from the NVE provides the parties with the confidence to make decisions and reach an agreement.
Rick Kohr was recently interviewed at the Maryland Life Sciences’ first annual Bio-Innovation Conference, which was held on October 7, 2019. Marty Rosendale, CEO of MTC and host of the Capital M podcast, sits down Rick to discuss access to capital in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic. He discusses what investors are looking for when meeting new companies and how his company prepares others for raising capital.
The Bio-Innovation Conference provides a forum for professionals from industry, academia, and government to discuss trends and insights into Maryland’s growing life sciences industry while showcasing the state’s and region’s innovations and successes in the life sciences industry. The all-day event attracts more than 400+ top life science professionals.
The cybersecurity industry will continue to remain a growth industry with the internet and its related threats routinely appearing in various new forms. Security is continually evolving — what worked to protect the internet user a year ago is not effective today.
This year has brought a flood of new venture capital funding in cybersecurity, following up on the approximately $5.3 billion invested in 2018. The industry continues to see capital pour into companies competing in the SaaS Monitoring & Security vertical. Going back to the third quarter of 2016 there have been more than forty deals funded every quarter, except two.
However, cybersecurity was more recently listed fifth in investment dollars behind other emerging markets – Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, Digital Health and IoT. Cybersecurity deal activity dropped to its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2018. There were 63 deals funded in the third quarter, totaling $1 billion..
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Evergreen Advisors, LLC is pleased to announce that George Davis will be joining the firm as Executive Vice President, Strategic Advisory. Strategic Advisory. George is well-known for his successes in investing, building and managing biotech, IT, and software companies, often from the start-up stage. He recently completed a 2-year tenure as Executive Director and CEO of Maryland’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the State’s Technology Transfer, Innovation Development and Venture Investing Platform. With over 30 years of management experience, having served in various C-level positions, including President and CEO of publicly traded companies, George offers a broad range of experience and business acumen.
“George brings tremendous wisdom, experience, strategic insights and network to the firm and our clients,” says Rick Kohr, founding member and CEO of Evergreen Advisors. “Most importantly, he’s a perfect fit for Evergreen in terms of our reputation for strategically guiding clients to meet their goals. We’re thrilled to have George and his track record of helping companies generate accelerated, profitable growth across many industry verticals.”
About Evergreen Advisors
The Evergreen Advisors, LLC is a leading investment banking and corporate advisory firm focused on assisting emerging growth and middle-market companies in the areas of corporate finance, growth and exit strategies, business valuation and advisory services. Providing innovative and strategic solutions team, the team has completed over 100 M&A and capital raising transactions, totaling over $5 billion in value for publicly traded and privately held companies. For more information, visit www.evergreenadvisorsllc.com
With the venture capital market hopping with big money deals and his company planning a (partial) move to the South Baltimore’s glitzy Port Covington project, Rick Kohr, the founding member and CEO of Columbia-based Evergreen Advisors, is at a juncture in his career. That means Kohr, who has more than 30 years’ experience in advising early stage growth and middle-market companies has plenty to talk about.
What are the trends in venture capital (VC) today?
First off, we’re seeing a very robust market. Going back to 2014, it was very strong in terms of investment in the U.S., where we’d gone from $71 billion of invested capital to $132 billion in 2018; this year, the first quarter was $32.6 billion in the U.S., which was down 36 percent from last year…..
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While the appraisal of an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) is very similar to other types of valuations of a private company, there are some complexities that require valuation expertise in ESOPs. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires Trustees to obtain appraisals by independent valuation professionals to support ESOP transactions. An appraisal is needed when the ESOP initially acquires shares from the company’s owners and each year thereafter that the corporation makes contributions to the plan.
When the Trustees of an ESOP face issues related to appraiser objectivity and independence, qualifications, and knowledge of ESOP special considerations, they often look to Evergreen Advisors for valuation expertise. The following are the main reasons we are contacted for a change:
- Independence and Conflicts
The number one reason ESOP Trustees engage the experts at Evergreen is when an ESOP appraiser is conflicted by providing services to either the company, board, or other related parties to the company. This includes accounting firms that have separate valuation practices. ESOP Trustees are opting to mitigate this risk by engaging truly independent valuation firms like Evergreen to perform critical compliance-related analyses.
ESOP transactions are regulated by the Department of Labor (DOL), and typically have significant tax and legal implications. Therefore, an ESOP valuation must be able to withstand scrutiny and potential challenges from multiple parties including the DOL, the IRS, and the ESOP plan participants. With the additional scrutiny being given to ESOPS by DOL auditors, it is imperative that the ESOP valuation appraiser also have the requisite valuation training, experience, and credentials such as the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), or Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). [Read more…]
You would have to be completely unplugged from the media if you have not seen multiple headlines over the past few years profiling mergers and acquisition activity at record levels and record valuations. According to the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances, United States M&A volume as measured by transaction value was over $1.9 Trillion in 2018 up from almost $1.8 Trillion in 2017. Year to date through May, 2019 there was approximately $800 Billion in transaction value. 2018 Middle-market M&A volume in the U.S. hit $427.9 Billion up from $372.7 Billion in 2017.
Valuations are experiencing record levels as well. U.S. private equity backed buyouts were executed at an average EBITDA multiple of 11.6x in 2018, down a bit from the 11.9x multiple in 2017, but still above the average post-financial crisis multiple of 9.9x (2010 – 2016).
- Private capital dry powder is approximately $2 Trillion;
- Private debt funds (non-bank, private lenders) have over $300 Billion of dry powder; and,
- Corporate America is holding almost $1.7 Trillion of cash.
Working with middle-market companies, our investment banking teams at Evergreen Advisors Capital are consistently interfacing with private equity and strategic buyers and our activity levels and outcomes are reinforcing the statistics and anecdotal evidence – It is a great time to be a seller. Across several industries such as business services, software, healthcare, cyber, government contractors, and diversified industrials, we are seeing strong, consistent interest in our sell-side mandates from both financial and strategic buyers. That being said, it is not a one size fits all market. To ensure success and best manage time and resources, entrepreneurs considering liquidity alternatives need to access and evaluate the appropriate audiences for their particular fact pattern.
Scale continues to be a factor in generating interest from strategic buyers. During more than one sell-side engagement, we have seen potential strategic buyers show initial interest in a target only to back away when a higher priority (i.e. larger target) opportunity became available. Even though we found other buyers, the message has been clear that corporate America’s human resources are constrained when it comes to M&A causing transaction timelines to stretch a bit. We have been successful in guiding middle-market companies that may be sub-scale to larger strategic buyers, in generating interest from smaller strategic buyers that are backed by private equity. In almost all of these PE-backed strategic transactions, we encountered a counterparty that was able to act quickly and decisively, generating a great outcome for our client. [Read more…]
2019 continues to be another robust year for cyber M&A transactions. The first half of 2019, M&A deal volume is up 31% over the first half of 2018.¹ We all remember last’s years IPO of locally based Tenable Software and the activity continues with this month’s debut of software maker, Crowdstrike Holdings, a cloud-native endpoint protection platform built to stop breaches, going public with a valuation of $6.6 billion, raising $612 million in their debut.
Locally, BlueRidge AI, Fulton MD just received a $1.9 investment from Datatribe. BlueRidge is integrating Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning (ML), and predictive analytics to help the industrial and manufacturing sector target electric motor failure modes, providing manufacturers with the ability to schedule prescriptive maintenance and minimize downtime. Datatribe announced this year it raised $50 million for fund two to invest in an additional 12 companies. Inner Loop Capital announced in June that they raised $2.6 million to invest in early-stage cybersecurity and enterprise technology companies in the region. The fund aims to make approximately eight seed-stage investments over eighteen months, with typical initial investments of $300-400k.
Evergreen Capital is working on several projects in this space and seeing some key trends including:
Security Threats continue to grow, along with the volume, variety, velocity, and data. The Digital Expansion includes IOT and Critical Infrastructure. [Read more…]
Kathy Warden was born and grew up in the small town of Smithsburg, Maryland. She graduated from James Madison University in 1992 and in the early part of her career she worked for GE, Verizon, and General Dynamics. She joined Northrop Grumman in 2008 as Vice President and General Manager of the Cybersecurity division. In 2016 Kathy became President of the Mission Systems Test Sector, COO of the Corporation in 2017, and this past January 1st was named Chief Executive Officer.
Recently I met with Kathy at Northrup Grumman’s headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. We discussed a wide range of topics, but what stood out as I reflected on our conversation, was her thoughtfulness and passion for people and mission. Enjoy!
Chairman, Evergreen Advisors
Interview with Kathy Warden
Small Town Girl
MG: You went to school in Smithsburg, a town of 3,000. It keeps being named the safest city in Maryland. What’s the secret?
KW: There’s only 3,000 people, and they all know one another.
MG: From a small town to CEO of Northrop Grumman: Is there some part of you that was shaped by that experience in terms of character and values? Have you ever thought about that?
KW: I have actually thought about that quite a bit. I’m still just that small town girl. I think values and character are very much shaped in those early stages of one’s life. Being in an environment that was so small, where people knew one another and trusted each other and understood their character based on what they did, not just what they said – that shapes you as you become older. You realize how important character is to building relationships with people.
MG: In high school, were you part of clubs and organizations?
KW: Interestingly, when I was in high school, I was involved, but also looking at what was next. I finished high school by going to the local junior college to get some college credits in my senior year. I interned in a law firm, trying to get exposed to new things. That really helped to shape my thinking about what I was going to study in college. Then I abandoned all of that when I got to James Madison and switched majors. I decided to go in a completely different direction, switching from pre-law into computer systems.
MG: Tell me about your family.
KW: I come from a very humble background, with my parents working traditional blue collar jobs. They taught me the value of setting goals and working hard to achieve them. [Read more…]
Evergreen Advisors Capital, a middle market Investment Bank is pleased to announce that it has been named a 2019 Moxie Award finalist. The Moxie Award program honors the accomplishments and achievements of growing businesses, nonprofits, and associations in the DC metro community. Organizations are recognized for having demonstrated boldness and innovation as an integral part of their growth strategy.
“I want to congratulate our team for being nominated as a Finalist for the 2019 Moxie Award enabling us to be recognized among the boldest and most innovative organizations in the D.C. metro community” Rick Kohr, Chief Executive Officer said. Our team has a proven track record in providing innovative and strategic solutions to meet our clients’ evolving business needs and implementing winning strategies for our clients.”
Finalists were recently announced by Sarah Cody, the 2019 Moxie Award executive chairwoman. “We received an unprecedented number of entries,” Cody said. “We look forward to revealing the winners at the 2019 Moxie Award celebration on Nov. 5, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.” [Read more…]
Attila Security is the leader in portable IP security. Their award-winning GoSilent technology was originally developed at NSA designed to protect government and enterprises from advanced cyber attacks, zero-day threats, and data theft. Built for the cloud world where traditional network perimeters have disappeared, GoSilent helps global enterprises protect their most precious asset— DATA —wherever it resides. By providing visibility, control and threat defense across physical, virtual, and cloud applications, Attila protects connected devices from the tidal wave of cyber activity estimated to cost the global economy more than $400 billion annually. Their people, products, and partners are committed to protecting the nation state.
For this feature, we interviewed Gregg Smith, a cyber industry veteran who previously led several cybersecurity companies including OptioLabs and Silent Circle on how they got their name and how they have been so successful at having their technology adopted. [Read more…]
Although ESOPs are complex, highly regulated, and expensive to administrate, they can offer owners a tax-advantaged way to obtain liquidity. The following are characteristics that may indicate your company is a good candidate for an ESOP:
- Consistent Earnings and Cash Flow – When a company sells to an ESOP, owners will typically finance the transaction with debt due to the unique tax advantages associated with ESOP debt. However, annual debt service can be a significant drain on an ESOP company’s annual cash flow. Therefore, to ensure the long-term feasibility and success of the ESOP, it is critical that the company not only be able to meet its debt obligations, but also have enough cash flow to fund future capital expenditures and working capital. Companies with high-profit margins and consistent revenue streams generally make good ESOP companies.
- Adequate Size and Employee Base – Statutory requirements limit the amount of stock benefits that can be concentrated among shareholders. Additionally, annual ESOP contributions are limited based on participants salary. Therefore, a company with a large employee base is a better candidate for an ESOP than a company with a small employee base. A good mix of “seasoned” and junior level employees is also helpful to smooth out the Company’s repurchase obligation as participants retire.
- Strong Entrepreneurial Culture – Companies that have a strong entrepreneurial culture are usually good ESOP candidates. Employees that understand the connection between their jobs, the company’s profit, and ultimate value will be incentivized to increase that value as they become owners.
- Desire for Partial Sale – One advantage of selling to an ESOP versus sale to a third party is the option of a partial sale. In most cases, strategic buyers and private equity firms are only interested in buying a controlling interest. This is because these types of buyers want to influence the business operations to enhance their return on investment. In the case of an ESOP, partial sales of at least 30% are allowed. Owners may prefer a partial sale initially to retain control, continue legacy operations, and keep leverage levels reasonable. The remaining interest can be sold gradually, over time depending on the cash flow of the business. This structure offers a level of flexibility many owners are attracted to.
Evergreen Advisors, a middle market Investment Bank and Corporate Advisory Firm, with offices in both Columbia, MD and McLean, VA, is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Nelson, Director Business Valuation.
“We are delighted to welcome Todd to Evergreen Advisors. Todd has a unique blend of business valuation, consulting and litigation experience and is highly respected as an expert within the business valuation community. Todd’s background fits very well with Evergreen’s platform as we look to expand and grow the valuation practice in the Washington/Northern Virginia area.” stated Pat Lowry, Managing Director of Evergreen’s Business Valuation Practice.
Most Recently, Todd was a Senior Director at Cortland Valuation Group, Inc. Prior to joining Cortland, Inc., his consulting expertise was honed from specialized practices at Econ One Research, Inc., Willamette Management Associates, and Dispute Analytics LLC. Todd’s experience also includes over nine years in the Financial Advisory Services practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He also currently serves as co-chair of the Business Valuation Committee of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers.
After four incredible years serving the Hogan administration, I made the difficult decision to return to the private sector. I left with my head held high for all that our great state was able to accomplish during my time as Maryland’s first Secretary of Commerce. The past four years were filled with plenty of challenges following Gov. Hogan’s spectacular rise to office. Click here to read more at the Baltimore Business Journal.
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Evergreen Advisors Capital is pleased to announce the publication of our Q1 2019 Digital Health Market Update. The update provides industry and insights on notable transactions, a detailed look at M&A and private placement activity, and data on valuation metrics and stock price performance.
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Join Evergreen Advisors and thousands of other industry professionals at the RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco, California. The conference will be held at the Moscone Center and will take place March 4th -8th 2019.
Top information security professionals and business leaders will discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. At this year’s event, attendees will have access to more than 500 exhibitors, more than 400 expert-led sessions, and invaluable networking opportunities to learn more about new approaches to info security discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers.About Evergreen Advisors
Evergreen Advisors Capital, a middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Global Technology Associates, LLC (“GTA”) has been acquired by Kelly Services (“Kelly”). Evergreen Advisors Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to GTA. Lacki & Company, LLC provided legal advice to GTA.
GTA is a leading provider of high-value engineering, technology, and business consulting services to the telecommunications industry – assisting clients with maximizing infrastructure potential and evolving networks and services to address market opportunities. Bridging the gap between business and technology, GTA provides a wide range of services tailored to address client needs across the telecommunications value chain – from the network edge to the network core, and the enabling technologies being developed and deployed to deliver next-generation services.
“We explored several strategic alternatives to address our future growth opportunities. Kelly’s brand recognition and size support GTA’s growth objectives,” said Farzad Ghassemi, Executive Chairman of GTA, “The partnership with Kelly is a great outcome for our employees and clients. ”
The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Inc (CAMI) has elected its 2019 Executive Committee and Board of Directors with Gina Abate, President & CEO of woman-owned, Elkridge-based Edwards Performance Solutions, serving a second term as Chairperson. The 2019 slate of officers are as follows: [Read more…]
Evergreen Advisors, LLC is pleased to announce that Shelley Lombardo, Chief Operating Officer, has been elected to the board of the Cyber Association of Maryland (CAMI). CAMI was established in 2015 to generate sales and jobs through Maryland’s cybersecurity industry. CAMI is Maryland’s only organization dedicated 100% to the growth of Maryland’s cybersecurity industry. [Read more…]
Cybersecurity is a constantly evolving subject matter for businesses. Like the computer viruses that are generally associated with the term, the issue itself has proven infectious for corporations both in its reach and impact as it grows over time.
Many organizations have learned the hard way that it is also a very costly subject matter. A study produced by IBM and the Ponemon Institute suggests that the average cost of fixing or resolving a data breach is more than $3.86 million. That number is only expected to grow. [Read more…]
Evergreen Advisors Capital, a middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Dunbar Cybersecurity (“Dunbar”) has been acquired by ControlScan. Evergreen Advisors Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Dunbar.
Founded in 2012, Dunbar Cybersecurity offers tailored solutions to enable the safety and enhanced protection of client networks, cloud infrastructure, and end users. The acquisitions includes their well-established Security Operations Center (SOC) and powerful SIEM platform, Cyphon. The Cyphon platform streamlines incident management through a single platform. It receives, processes and triages events to provide an all-encompassing solution for analytic workflow — aggregating data, bundling and prioritizing alerts, and empowering analysts to investigate and document incidents. These advanced capabilities add to the best-in-class service ControlScan delivers to their mid-level enterprise clients. [Read more…]
Evergreen Advisors Capital, a middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Chesapeake Electrical Systems, Inc. (“Chesapeake”) has been acquired by Aldridge Electric (“Aldridge”). Evergreen Advisors Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Chesapeake.
Chesapeake provides the full range of electrical contracting services to a wide variety of clients in the commercial and industrial sectors. Founded in 1993, Chesapeake has completed contracts on some of the region’s most recognizable landmarks, including Dulles and Reagan International Airports, the Raven’s M&T Bank Stadium, D.C.’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and the Washington Beltway Express Lanes. [Read more…]
Evergreen Advisors, LLC is pleased to announce that industry leader and financial services veteran Sam DiPaola will be joining the firm as president. DiPaola recently departed his position as SunTrust Bank’s Maryland market president.
DiPaola brings more than twenty years of experience working in financial services, corporate development, and strategic sales to Evergreen. He excelled in SunTrust Bank’s Investment Banking, Aerospace, Defense and Government Services sector for 7 years before becoming the bank’s Maryland market president in 2013. Throughout his career, he has successfully closed investment banking transactions ranging between $50 million and $1 billion. During his time as Maryland market president, he led his team to produce four consecutive years of growth, and while increasing the average transaction size and asset quality.
Evergreen Advisors is a middle market investment bank and corporate advisory firm focused on excellence in servicing and supporting organizations throughout their financial life cycles to drive successful outcomes. DiPaola’s extensive network of professional relationships, comprehensive sector knowledge, and deal experience will help to accelerate Evergreen’s burgeoning growth.
For DiPaola, it was Evergreen’s community involvement, focus on long-term relationships, and proven track record of sustainable growth that attracted him to the firm. The local community is of the utmost importance to DiPaola, and Evergreen Advisors is deeply rooted in it, with involvement in organizations such as the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, ETC (Emerging Technology Centers), Howard County Economic Development Authority, University of Maryland System, bwtech@UMBC, and the Salvation Army. [Read more…]
Evergreen Advisors is a proud sponsor of TEDCO’s 8th Annual Entrepreneur Expo & Stem Cell Symposium on October 30, 2018. The event will bring together all of Maryland’s entrepreneurial resources from across the state into one place, at one time.
You can expect to see 800+ of the region’s top entrepreneurs, small and large business executives, angel and venture capital investors, federal and state economic development officials, university leaders and legislators. Speaker include: Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution, LLC; Freeman Hrabowski, President UMBC; Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Maryland; Cyndi Gula, Managing Partner Gula Tech Adventures; Deborah Tillet, President Emerging Tech Centers.
Evergreen Advisors is a proud sponsor of Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Annual Meeting and celebration of 25 years as an organization! The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses and attracting corporate and regional headquarters. Its role, central to its mission, is to be a catalyst for economic growth and sustainability in Howard County. Quality economic development is critical to the County’s future to ensure an adequate tax base that will maintain and sustain the high quality of life that its residents have come to expect and deserve.
This year, the meeting will look at the history of Howard County’s economy, share an update on the current economy, and look at the new technologies on the horizon that will transform our future.
Alex Mathews was shocked at how much custom manufacturers would pay for the software he and business partner Param Shah developed. Thus FactoryFour was born.
, Johns Hopkins Magazine
Published Fall 2018
Alex Mathews hadn’t planned on becoming an entrepreneur—especially not while still in college. But in his junior year, Mathews met Param Shah through the Hodson Trust Scholarship Program. Shah told him about the production challenges he faced with his nonprofit, the Lotus Life Foundation, which delivers medical devices to children in remote areas of India. Mathews created a software platform that enabled Lotus Life to accurately produce orthotics and prosthetics customized for individual patients, and in 2016, Mathews and Shah founded their first business, Fusiform. They soon discovered, however, that their software could also serve the custom design-and-build needs of a range of industries, which up until now have lacked viable software for managing product specifications and performance data. In 2017, they launched the manufacturing software company FactoryFour (maintaining Fusiform as a subsidiary) with support from the Baltimore venture capital fund community, quickly growing to 16 employees with a current plan to double in size within the next year.
How did your personal and educational background prepare you for launching FactoryFour?
I did a lot of computer science work in high school, so I had a head start. My freshman year, I met Jamasen Rodriguez, A&S ’15, a fellow Hodson Scholar who was a year ahead of me. Along with some other friends, we launched Jama Cocoa, which specialized in single-origin chocolate truffles. I was the chief technology officer, developing our e-commerce platform. We didn’t make a lot of money but were successful enough to be bought out by an initial investor. That really changed my preconceived notions of entrepreneurship.
Read the rest of the article at here at Johns Hopkins Magazine
Bandura, which pioneered the Threat Intelligence Gateway (TIG) industry in part with the U.S. Department of Defense, today announced it has completed a Series A round, securing $4 million in financing led by Grotech Ventures, Gula Tech Adventures, Maryland Venture Fund, and Cultivation Capital. This strategic funding will strengthen Bandura’s position as a leader in the emerging Threat Intelligence Gateway (TIG) marketplace. The Bandura TIG™ is purpose-built to filter network traffic against large volumes of threat intelligence indicators, better protecting networks from the massive volume of known threats.
“We partner with innovative cybersecurity technology companies who are bringing fresh ideas and unconventional approaches to tackle the large and growing cybersecurity challenge”
At any moment, tens of millions of known malicious IP addresses and domains are attacking organizations. These threats are dynamic and everchanging and, while there is a significant volume of actionable threat intelligence that can be used to detect and block the threats, firewalls can manage only a very limited number of threat indicators. The result is security coverage gaps, alert fatigue, staff overload, inefficient use of expensive firewall resources, and suboptimal return on existing security investments.
“Firewalls are getting crushed by the sheer volume of threats that hit organizations industry-wide every day,” said Chris Fedde, CEO of Bandura. “And, while external threat intelligence is available,most companies lack the staff and resources to effectively and efficiently operationalize it. The Bandura TIG complements the firewall, enabling companies of all sizes to use threat intelligence without limits in an easy and automated way. We are grateful for the support of our investors and believe it is a testament to our work redefining the industry’s use of threat intelligence from reactive detection and response to proactive prevention.”
Evergreen Advisors Capital is pleased to announce that it was the exclusive financial advisor to Four V Systems LLC, an SRC Company, and cybersecurity firm in connection with its sale to OPAQ Networks.
FourV Systems, located in Baltimore, MD, is dedicated to helping organizations manage business risk aligned with IT operations. risk. OPAQ Networks is the premier network security cloud company that enables partners to deliver security-as-a-service to midsize enterprise customers. OPAQ Networks’ cloud-based platform empowers organizations to simplify security management, centralize policy enforcement, and reduce costs. Based in Northern Virginia, OPAQ is privately held and is funded by Columbia Capital, Harmony Partners, and Zero-G, Inc.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.