CEO & Co-Founder
Mohamoud Jibrell, CEO, is a former CIO and CTO at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Ford Foundation. He is a versatile and innovative technology executive with a track record of delivering innovative and cost-effective solutions in nonprofit, scientific/medical research, charitable foundation management, manufacturing, engineering and international businesses. Mohamoud recognized for formulating and implementing strategic technology solutions that achieve business objectives. He is known for fostering climate of "get it done" characterized by professionalism, innovation and responsiveness while nurturing employee enthusiasm and teamwork. Track record of delivering large scale, mission-critical infrastructure and application development projects on time and under budget and consultative management style combined with talent for effectively communicating technical issues to non-technical business leaders are other known characteristics of the CEO.
CTO & Co-Founder
Candan Bolukbas is digital polymath and certified ethical hacker. Candan fully appreciates the growing threat to digital communications and data accumulation which affects all of us. He is co-founder and chief technology officer for NormShield, Inc., a McLean-based “security-as-a-service solutions” company. Candan is responsible for the technical direction and innovation of NormShield products. Besides being a certified ethical hacker, he is a certified secure programmer, certified incident handler and a certified computer hacking forensic investigator. Candan has a BS degree in Computer Engineering and he has been developing security products, performing penetration testing & forensic analysis, and providing cyber security training. Certifications: CCNA, CCNP, CHFI, ECSP, MCSA, ECIH, CEH, LPT. Candan worked for both public and private sectors for many years and strong supporter of human rights, freedom and privacy.
Technology Senior Executive with a strong track record of driving innovation and results as a "C level" senior executive, Board member or consultant in a variety of global industries. Served as COO, CIO, CTO and interim CFO for technology companies. Highly experienced at defining new Digital strategies to leverage latest advancements in Information Technology to drive new business models, improve operational efficiency and reduce cost. Expert team builder and leader of multi-national and multi-cultural teams that perform and deliver. Experience in IT software & services, manufacturing, aerospace/defense, financial services, biotech / pharmaceutical / medical devices / healthcare, retail and transportation industries. Detailed knowledge of information technology including: innovation strategies, business process change, business growth strategies, digital business models, software development, outsourcing/offshoring, ERP implementation, etc. Former USAF F-15E instructor pilot.
An accomplished business executive with a proven track record of leading software, hardware, SAAS and consulting/professional service organizations, built highly productive management teams, engineered dynamic global alliance and partner programs, launched new RTM channel programs and has overseen successful business transformations from start-ups to global enterprises.
Rick Gordon is an expert on technology investing, business strategy and early-stage venture development. He is a proven leader with more than 25 years experience in providing organizations with strategic growth.
Rick serves as a Director at Inova Health System's Personalized Health Accelerator, the health system's seed investment organization.
Rick formerly served as founding Managing Partner of MACH37, a cybersecurity market centric accelerator supported by a community of hundreds of industry leaders who contribute to company development. MACH37 invests in entrepreneurs and helps them develop into thriving cybersecurity companies.
Prior to this role, Rick served as Vice President of Product Management at KEYW Corporation, where he assisted the company in launching a commercially focused cyber security product line. Rick was also COO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, Inc., where he ran strategic planning and day-to-day operations of this early-stage cyber situational awareness software company. Previously, Rick served as Managing Director at The Civitas Group, where he was responsible for the commercial strategy business line. Rick was also a founding board member of Invincea (acquired by Sophos in 2017). In these roles, Rick has worked with senior private sector and government officials to solve key security challenges, evaluated emerging growth security companies for investment, and was a frequent contributor and speaker on such issues as cloud security, cyber intelligence and security innovation.
Rick was previously CEO of Tovaris, a specialized encryption software development company, and was also a technology investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co., serving many emerging technology companies and participating in several technology initial public offerings.
Rick served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and his BS in Engineering with Merit from the U.S. Naval Academy.