Cybersecurity investing
isn’t part of what we do.

It’s everything we do.

Option3, a mission-driven cybersecurity investment specialist that combines a national security heritage, decades of experience across the investment industry, and a strategy focused on private equity. We seek to deliver on a double bottom line thesis of high risk-adjusted returns for investors and greater online security for the country.

We identify the true investment whitespaces, the underserved and underinvested frontiers that are critical for the security and resiliency of the country.

With the relentless rise in online attacks, cybersecurity offers investors double digit growth, largely immune to the economy. But it is crowded, complicated, and constantly changing, leading to the rise of cyber specialist investors , and with it, sector-focused funds.

Option3’s success lies in combining its national security heritage and access with broad investment experience from seed to buyout. It seeks companies on the cyber frontier that address challenges most essential for the security and resiliency of the country: disruptive technologies, automation, cyber-physical threats, and risk transfer.

Investment and Operating Team

Option3 has built a multi-functional team of dedicated cybersecurity investment, operations and technology experts that bring together the experience and expertise required for meeting the unique challenges of investing in the cyber sector. Each member has an average of 25 years of work experience. Working together, the team has closed five investments, and are launching their first dedicated fund.

Manish Thakur

Managing Partner

Merrick Andlinger

Chief Investment Partner

Lisa Donnan

Operating Partner

Dr. Peter Fonash

Chief Technology Officer

Jeanette Kirazian

VP, Finance

Vishal Gaglani

Associate

Jenn Sherman

Marketing Director

Chris Woods

Principal

Technology Board

At the heart of Option3’s decision making is its Technology Board, which assesses each potential investment that we make. The Technology Board consists of former Chief Information Officers from such organizations as the CIA, DoD, U.S. CyberCommand, Merrill Lynch, AOL Time Warner, among others.

John Stenbit

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense and Current Advisory Board member of NSA

Alan Wade

Former Chief Information Officer of CIA

Greg Akers

Former SVP Advanced Security initiatives, CISCO

Strategic Advisory Council

Option3 benefits from a wide array of Strategic Advisors, who bring specialist expertise covering target market verticals, industries, technologies and investment classes. The Council is Chaired by Option3’s Senior Strategic Advisor, Dick Fuld, former CEO of Lehman Brothers.

Richard S. Fuld, Jr.

Senior Strategic Advisor, Former CEO of Lehman Brothers

Armeane Choksi
Former Vice President, World Bank, Managing Partner of boutique investment bank, and emerging market hedge fund. Co-founder of Option3.
Jamil Sopher
Family Office Investor, early entrant into cyber sector. First outside investor in Option3. Former Senior Project Manager, World Bank.
Jennifer Fearon
Managing Partner of VentureLink Advisers, a corporate finance, business and financial consulting firm. Advising Option3 since 2016.
Christopher Carolan
Partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP. Advisor to Option3 since its founding.

Over the past six years, Option3 has invested in 8 companies from as far afield as Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley, and Western Europe, with roughly half being in the Washington DC area. The companies bring strengths in areas that have been prioritized by Option3’s “Cyber Frontier” investment themes. Sectors that Option3 has invested in include:

  • Threat Intelligence                    
  • Critical Infrastructure/Industrial Controls
  • Operational Technology                                   
  • Automotive Security
  • Software Defined Networking 
  • Data Loss Prevention

Two of our earlier investments have been realized through company acquisition by recognized leaders in their product areas, while others have seen growth and recognition. Currently, we are looking to invest out of our Option3 Cyber II, LP fund, which focuses primarily on buyout and control equity positions, but also makes select life cycle or earlier-stage investments in companies with a clear path to growth. Companies are encouraged to contact us if seeking investment.

Option 3 Cyber Investments II, LP (O3C2)

Dellfer

Dellfer protected connected devices and apps act as threat sensors. With Dellfer’s comprehensive and continuous protection your connected devices and apps remain safe. The key to cyberattack detection and prevention is awareness.

Onclave

Onclave brings the same level of protection to IoT that our military and Intelligence communities employ to protect our nation’s most critical assets.

Dark Cubed

Dark Cubed is a powerful and easy-to-use cyber security software as a service (SaaS) platform that deploys instantly and delivers enterprise-grade threat identification and protection at a fraction of the cost.

Veracity

Veracity’s resilient software-defined industrial network provides an on premises, centralized configuration, control and monitoring solution that tracks all connected devices and their communications.

OPTION 3 CYBER INVESTMENTS LLC (O3CI)

Centripetal Networks

Provides automated cybersecurity threat remediation by aggregating and applying threat intelligence at a speed and scale unmatched today (providing real-time defense against known bad actors on the Internet).

Certes Networks

Provides a highly proprietary approach to software defined security that will accelerate the $1 trillion communications sector’s transfer from hardware to software, providing enterprises with network security at a scale well beyond the competition.

Successful Exits

Watchful Software

Watchful Software provides user-friendly, data-centric classification and keystroke dynamics that don’t impact your users. RightsWATCH and TypeWATCH are tailored to provide persistent security solutions that prevent accidental and malicious disclosure. As a result, your security protocols are enhanced and compliance becomes the rule.

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OmniEarth

Pioneered the application of artificial intelligence/ machine learning analytics to satellite/ drone imagery/ sensory data and big data to extract actionable, predictive business intelligence that was previously unobtainable.

Funds

Option3 launched its successful Option3 Cyber Investments LLC (O3C1) portfolio in 2015, soon after the company’s launch. This concentrated venture portfolio was Option3’s market entry vehicle and funded largely my partners. Option3 has begun “advance investing” out of Option3 Cyber Investments II, LP (O3C2), a diversified private equity fund focused exclusively in cybersecurity, focused primarily on buyouts and control equity investments in growing companies with a proven business model.

Option3 Cyber Investments II, LP (O3C2)

Option3 Cyber Investments II LP (O3C2) is a specialist private equity fund investing exclusively in the cybersecurity sector, focusing on well-run, growing businesses with proven business models and strong management teams. The Fund focuses primarily on control investments, whether buyout or growth equity positions with control or significant influence. O3C2 has made some select earlier stage investments in companies that are good candidates for continued funding throughout the rest of the Company lifecycle.
Dellfer

Series A Round

Joint Lead

Automotive Security

Onclave

Series B Round

Co-Investor

IoT/OT Security

Dark Cubed

Series A Round

Lead Investor

SMB Threat Intelligence
Cyber Insurance

Veracity

Series A Round

Joint Lead

Industrial Controls

Option3 Cyber Investments LLC (O3C1) and Prior Investment

Option3 Cyber Investments LLC (O3C1) was conceived and launched soon after the company’s founding in 2015 as its market debut investment fund, and funded by the Firm’s partners and closely related investors. Its concentrated portfolio, comprising three venture investments, is tracking for returns far outpacing all benchmarks. As of early 2021, this vehicle’s estimated value is approximately $100M, following one exit and one unrealized gain.

Centripetal Networks
Awarded largest patent award in history

Series A-2 Round

Threat Intelligence

Certes Networks
Series A Round co-investor

Image Risk Analytics

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OmniEarth
Sold to Eagleview Technologies

Software Defined Networking

Watchful Software
Sold to Symantec

Series A. Convertible Debt

Data Loss Prevention

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