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Nicole Perlroth Joins Ballistic Ventures as Venture Partner

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The Former New York Times Lead Cyber Reporter and Bestselling Author Deepens Her Role at the VC Firm

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2024-- Ballistic Ventures, the venture capital firm dedicated exclusively to funding and incubating entrepreneurs and innovations in cybersecurity, today announced that Nicole Perlroth has been appointed to Venture Partner. The new role for Perlroth, who previously served as an advisor to Ballistic, deepens her work with the firm.

"In advising Ballistic's portfolio companies in the fund's early days, it became clear to me this was not just another cyber fund," said Perlroth. "We share a mission: To scour the earth in search of the visionaries and talent primed to take on the most complex threat landscape of our lifetimes. That's why I joined them as an advisor in the fund's infancy and why I'm thrilled to dig into my expanded role here."

As Venture Partner, Perlroth will work alongside Ballistic portfolio company founders and their teams to help them build and scale, with a focus on market differentiation and breaking through industry noise. Prior to her work with Ballistic, Perlroth spent a decade as the lead cybersecurity reporter at The New York Times. Her investigations have rooted out nation-state attacks on organizations and infrastructure worldwide. In 2021, she published her New York Times bestselling book, "This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends," about the global cyber arms race. She actively serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee for the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Perlroth has personally advised and invested in over a dozen cybersecurity startups and will continue to lead her independent cyber mission fund, Silver Buckshot Ventures.

"Nicole's deep industry knowledge, close-knit network and award-winning storytelling make her the perfect partner for our firm and portfolio companies," said Ted Schlein, Co-founder and General Partner of Ballistic Ventures. "Deepening our relationship is a testament to our commitment to investing in exceptional talent within the cyber industry."

Learn more about the Ballistic Ventures team, advisors and portfolio companies and check out open opportunities within the portfolio.

About Ballistic Ventures

Ballistic Ventures is a venture capital firm solely dedicated to early-stage cybersecurity and cyber-related companies. The partners have spent their entire careers defending against every cyber threat conceivable. Members of the firm have founded, operated, and funded over 100 successful cybersecurity firms – including Abnormal Security, AlienVault, ArcSight, Fortify, Mandiant, and Shape Security – led over 10,000 security professionals globally, and have 40+ years of experience in venture capital. The Ballistic portfolio includes Aembit, Alethea, ArmorCode, AuthMind, Codezero, Concentric AI, Mimic, Nudge Security, Oligo, Pangea, Perygee, Reach Security, SpecterOps, Talon (PANW), Veza and WitnessAI. Our experience provides entrepreneurs impactful support from people focused on the same mission. Our networks and relationships open doors for our founders. Learn more at

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