Internet security is one of the most important and challenging issues in the digital age. Cyberattacks, data breaches, ransomware, phishing, and other threats pose serious risks to individuals, businesses, and governments. According to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime is expected to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.
To address these challenges, many innovative startups are developing solutions that can protect and enhance the security of online systems and networks. However, these startups often face difficulties in raising funds, finding customers, and scaling their businesses. This is where venture capital firms can play a vital role in supporting and accelerating the growth of internet security startups.
One of the venture capital firms that specializes in investing in internet security startups is Knollwood Investment Advisory, LLC (KIA). KIA is a venture capital firm based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, that was founded in 2015 by Kevin Irwin Jr., who serves as the president and chief investment officer. KIA prefers to invest in early-stage companies focused on the internet security sector.
Investment Strategy and Portfolio
KIA’s investment strategy is to identify and back promising internet security startups that have the potential to disrupt the market and create value for their customers. KIA invests in companies that offer solutions for various aspects of internet security, such as network management, data protection, identity verification, threat detection, encryption, cloud security, and more.
KIA has made 40 investments in 26 portfolio companies as of April 2023. Some of the notable companies that KIA has invested in are:
- env0: A cloud management platform that enables developers and DevOps teams to automate and simplify the deployment and governance of cloud environments.
- JABU: A logistics platform that leverages blockchain technology to provide secure and transparent supply chain solutions for various industries.
- Skybound: A publishing company that creates and distributes original content across multiple media platforms, such as comics, books, games, films, and TV shows.
- Hesai Technology: A leading provider of lidar sensors for autonomous driving and smart city applications.
KIA has also achieved six exits from its portfolio companies as of April 2023. Some of the successful exits that KIA has participated in are:
- Appthority: A mobile security company that was acquired by Symantec in November 2018.
- TapInfluence: An influencer marketing platform that was acquired by IZEA Worldwide in July 2018.
- Zimperium: A mobile threat defense company that went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange in February 2023.
Team and Contact
KIA’s team consists of experienced professionals who have expertise in various fields, such as finance, law, technology, and entrepreneurship. Besides Kevin Irwin Jr., who leads the firm as the president and chief investment officer, KIA’s team also includes Earl Acquaviva III, who serves as the general counsel and legal advisor.
KIA’s office is located at 217 International Circle, Hunt Valley MD 21030. The firm’s phone number is (443) 541-2440. The firm’s website is www.kwiadvisory.com, where interested parties can find more information about KIA’s investment philosophy, portfolio companies, team members, and contact details.
Knollwood Investment Advisory is a venture capital firm that focuses on investing in internet security startups. The firm was founded in 2015 by Kevin Irwin Jr., who has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. KIA has made 40 investments in 26 portfolio companies that offer innovative solutions for various aspects of internet security. KIA has also achieved six exits from its portfolio companies, demonstrating its ability to generate returns for its investors. KIA’s team consists of professionals who have expertise in finance, law, technology, and entrepreneurship. KIA’s office is located in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and its website is www.kwiadvisory.com.