Case Study: How We Built a Relationship with Lacework

Learn how AV’s network-powered approach to VC helped us connect with Lacework and access multiple investment opportunities

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Lacework brings automation, speed, and scale to cloud security, enabling security and DevOps teams to keep data and applications in the cloud safe. Multiple Alumni Ventures funds have invested in Lacework, most recently a $1.3 billion Series D raised at an $8.3 billion valuation. We sat down with members of our investment team to learn how AV’s network-powered approach helped us connect with Lacework and access additional investment opportunities at higher valuations.1

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Meet the Team

Todd McIntyre
Todd McIntyre
Managing Partner, Spike Ventures

Todd has more than 20 years of experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, and senior technology operating executive, as well as deep knowledge of intellectual property and IP licensing. He has worked with capital structures ranging from seed stage investments to public offerings and has experience in many sectors, including consumer media and web, optoelectronics, telecoms, cleantech, and healthcare. Most recently, he was founding Managing Partner of Grey Sky Venture Partners, a life sciences and digital health fund that pioneered a venture finance model combining early-stage capital with fund-owned intellectual property. He also served as a senior business leader in a technology incubator fund, where he led efforts to build, fund, and spin out several new deep tech businesses. Todd received his BA from Hendrix College and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Catherine Lu
Catherine Lu
Managing Partner, AV Seed Fund

Before joining the Seed Fund, Catherine was a successful entrepreneur, product manager, and software engineer. She was Director of Product at NEA-backed DataVisor, an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution. Prior to that, she co-founded the retail analytics company Fancy That (acquired by Palantir in 2015). While at Stanford, she built an online platform used by thousands of students and instructors to streamline grading. Catherine graduated from Stanford with a BS and MS in Computer Science, focusing on AI.

Alim Giga
Alim Giga
Senior Principal, Spike Ventures

Alim is a Senior Principal at Spike Ventures, AVG’s fund for Stanford alums. Before joining AVG, he worked at American Express Ventures and GE Ventures focused on enterprise, B2B, fintech and AI/ML investments. Prior to investing, Alim worked in tech at Google, where he generated revenue for advertisers and managed a $100M book of business. He also spent time at PayPal in product marketing and Instart Logic, a startup backed by a16z and KPCB, where he focused on business development and partnerships. He holds a BS in Business and Accounting from the University of Southern California where he graduated magna cum laude, an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

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1Funding amounts and current valuation should not be considered to be reflective of any fund’s or investor’s investment performance. To see the performance of each exited investment for all Alumni Ventures funds over the last twelve months and our historical performance since 2014, click here.

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