Rick Grinnell

Opinions expressed by ICN authors are their own.

Rick Grinnell is a founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered technology companies that connect consumers and enterprises and secure the ecosystem. As a venture capitalist and seasoned operator, Rick has invested in some of the most dynamic companies in security, enterprise infrastructure and storage.

During his 17 years of venture capital experience he has led investments and served on the board of directors for companies such as EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), Prelert (acquired by Elastic), Pwnie Express, Resilient Systems (acquired by IBM), Trackvia and VeloBit (acquired by Western Digital) and is now lead investor and a member of the board of directors at Terbium Labs.

Rick is also active with various entrepreneurial programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard and Tufts Universities, and is a frequent judge at MassChallenge. Rick’s contributions to the broader community include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Science in Boston, and as a member of the Educational Council at MIT. Rick has been recognized by the New England Venture Network with the Community Leadership Award for his philanthropic work and contribution to the community.

Rick earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from HBS.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Rick Grinnell and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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Consolidation: Why there should be big acquisition announcements at RSA

Consolidation: Why there should be big acquisition announcements at RSA

The question isn't if, it's when one of the major tech companies will announce a big security move. If they don’t, they're at risk of falling behind.

Breaches, market volatility and the government shutdown: Security in the crosshairs

Breaches, market volatility and the government shutdown: Security in the crosshairs

If the start of 2019 is anything to base the year ahead on—with data breaches, shakiness in the market and the government shutdown negotiations at an impasse—cybersecurity experts are going to have their hands full with increasingly...

More AI, consolidation and regionalization coming in 2019

More AI, consolidation and regionalization coming in 2019

It’s that time of year again, when we look back to look ahead. The 2019 security landscape holds new promise, threats, developments and opportunities to collectively tackle the issues our industry faces.

Will your company be valued by its price-to-data ratio?

Will your company be valued by its price-to-data ratio?

The job of every security professional is to protect their organization’s price-to-data ratio. In the past, it was typically the Sales and Marketing teams in the hot seat driving a company’s valuation by maintaining sales goals to...

Our electric grid is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Here’s what we need to do

Our electric grid is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Here’s what we need to do

As more state-sponsored cyberterrorists and rogue actors take aim at bringing down the U.S. power grid, the government and private utility companies need to coordinate efforts to mitigate the chances of what could be a major...

Rough trade: Why financial markets will need to stay on top of their game

Rough trade: Why financial markets will need to stay on top of their game

While election hacking is making headlines and Dan Coats is warning about 9/11 style cyberattacks on the US, it is our financial markets that may require the most immediate laser focus. The future preservation of our financial...

2018: The year data privacy got real

2018: The year data privacy got real

As a company executive, it is critical to understand how your business stores, shares, analyzes and protects its core private data, particularly that of customers and employees. Today, this is a monumental task – machine learning...

The AI hype machine – let’s be careful out there

The AI hype machine – let’s be careful out there

AI over-marketing by security vendors is poised to confuse, frustrate and ultimately disillusion potential customers. We’re at a challenging point in the early maturity of the AI market: now is the time to set proper expectations so...

Bridging the realms between cyber and physical security

Bridging the realms between cyber and physical security

Can there be better automated incident response for physical security?

How benchmarking can make your job much less stressful

How benchmarking can make your job much less stressful

From better understanding to stronger defense to self-preservation, industry-wide benchmarking data could provide a whole host of benefits to organizations willing to embrace it.

Intel’s chip vulnerabilities don’t bode well for the spread of ransomware

Intel’s chip vulnerabilities don’t bode well for the spread of ransomware

Traditionally, ransomware security was based on matching viruses to a database of known malware. AI offers a more dynamic approach.

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