Company

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OUR MISSION

EMPOWERING ALL PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES TO SECURELY, PRIVATELY, AND EFFORTLESSLY CONTROL THEIR DIGITAL IDENTITIES. ONLY TRUST YOURSELF.

Company Overview

Beyond Identity is the first and only company to provide passwordless identity management. The Beyond Identity team is composed of cybersecurity and identity management professionals who are passionate about restoring digital trust and building a fundamentally secure way to authenticate and authorize users while protecting privacy.

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Two and a half decades ago, our founders, Jim Clark and Tom Jermoluk, made the World Wide Web accessible to all and ready for business – Jim with the release of the Netscape browser and SSL for secure Internet transactions, and Tom with large-scale home broadband access with @Home Network. However, as businesses, governments, and individuals increasingly relied on the Internet, bad actors eroded trust, stole intellectual property, and pilfered funds.

With hundreds of billions of passwords in the world today, we continue to rely on this fundamentally insecure authentication model. Passwords are insecure because these “shared secrets” transit networks, are stored insecurely in databases, are shared among friends and family, and are reused across multiple apps. In fact, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report estimates that 81% of hacking-related breaches are the direct result of stolen credentials.

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Alternate methods of authentication, such as password managers and multi-factor authentication, exist, but each of these methods has their pitfalls, and they don’t solve the root “shared secret” problem.

Beyond Identity’s patents-pending solution employs self-signed X.509 certificates on endpoint devices to fundamentally change the way users log in to the network. It extends the server-to-server chain of trust established with TLS to users and their devices. It is a fundamentally secure model, based on proven technology that enables our customer to go beyond passwordless authentication to complete passwordless identity management.

The company is funded by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the legendary Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), the investment arm of one of the largest private companies in the United States.

Leadership

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JIM CLARK

Chairman and Co-Founder

Jim Clark

Chairman and Co-Founder

Jim Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He has founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO, Healtheon, Applied DNA Sciences, CommandScape, and Beyond Identity. Jim earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in physics from The University of New Orleans, and a PhD in computer science from The University of Utah.

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THOMAS JERMOLUK

CEO and Co-Founder

Tom Jermoluk

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

A longtime collaborator with Jim, TJ has served as President and COO of Silicon Graphics, Inc., Founding Chairman and CEO of @Home Network, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins, CEO of Hyperion Development Group, and founded nine companies, including Beyond Identity, HiCMOS, AOptix, and SmartPipes. TJ attended Virginia Tech.

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ADAM CLAY

CRO

Adam Clay   LinkedIn

Chief Revenue Officer

Adam has served as CRO of Logz.io, as VP of Worldwide Sales at Black Duck Software, Mendix, and Shunra and VP of North American sales at Keynote Systems. Adam received a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and a master's degree from Brown University.

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PATRICK MCBRIDE

CMO

Patrick McBride   LinkedIn

Chief Marketing Officer

Patrick has served as CMO of ZeroFOX and Claroty, as VP of Marketing at iSIGHT Partners and Xceedium, VP of Compliance at Scalable Software, Co-founder and CEO of META Security Group, and Senior Vice President at META Group. Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in management from Keene State College in New Hampshire.

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JASSON CASEY

CTO

Jasson Casey, PhD   LinkedIn

Chief Technology Officer

Jasson has served as CTO of SecurityScorecard, VP of Engineering at IronNet Cybersecurity, Founder and Executive Director of Flowgrammable as well as Compiled Networks, VP of VoIP Product Development at CenturyTel, among other technical and executive roles. Jasson received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in computer engineering from Texas A&M University.

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KURT JOHNSON

VP Strategy & Business Development

Kurt Johnson   LinkedIn

VP, Strategy and Business Development

Kurt has served as VP of Business Development at GreatHorn, SVP of Corporate Development and Partnerships at FastPay, VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at Courion Corporation, and Vice President of Service Management Strategies at META Group, among others. Kurt received a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Boston College.

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AUGUSTINE EOSSO

VP Commercial Sales

Augustine Eosso  LinkedIn

VP, Commercial Sales

Augie has served as VP of Sales and VP of Mid-Market Sales, North American Director of Sales, and Regional Sales Manager at STEALTHBits as well as Account Manager at TEKsystems. Augie received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick and participated in Executive Leadership training at Cornell University.

Ashwin Rana

ASHWIN RANA

Chief Solutions Architect

Ashwin Rana  LinkedIn

Chief Solutions Architect

Ashwin has served as Chief Technical Architect at Zscaler, Director of Product Management at Nokia Networks, Senior Director of System Architecture and Product Management at AudioCodes, Inc., Director of Product Management at Netrake, among others. Ashwin received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Sardar Patel University and a master’s degree in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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JIM CLARK

Chairman and Co-Founder

Jim Clark

Chairman and Co-Founder

Jim Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He has founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO, Healtheon, Applied DNA Sciences, CommandScape, and Beyond Identity. Jim earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in physics from The University of New Orleans, and a PhD in computer science from The University of Utah.

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Thomas Jermoluk

CEO and Co-Founder

Tom Jermoluk

CEO and Co-Founder 

A longtime collaborator with Jim, TJ has served as President and COO of Silicon Graphics, Inc., Founding Chairman and CEO of @Home Network, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins, CEO of Hyperion Development Group, and founded nine companies, including Beyond Identity, HiCMOS, AOptix, and SmartPipes. TJ attended Virginia Tech.

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Hilarie Koplow-McAdams

Venture Partner, NEA

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams

Venture Partner, NEA

An enterprise software veteran, Hilarie has spent the past three decades at growth-stage technology companies in operating and board roles. More recently, Hilarie served as President at New Relic as well as at Salesforce, and was Vice President of Direct Sales for small business and a member of the executive committee at Intuit. Hilarie started her career at Oracle Corporation where she held a variety of roles over the course of 18 years, including Senior Vice President of Oracle Direct. Hilarie currently serves on the board of directors of BloomReach, DataRobot, HackerOne, Knotch, and Zendesk Corporation, among others. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from The University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Mills College.

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Forest Baskett

General Partner, NEA

Forest Baskett

General Partner, NEA

Forest joined NEA (New Enterprise Associates) in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information technology investments and serves on the Board of Directors for several private and public companies. Some of his investments that became public companies include Atheros Communications, Audience, Data Domain, Fusion-io, and Tableau Software. Prior to NEA, Forest served as Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. Forest founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI. Prior to that, Forest was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Forest received a Bachelor of Mathematics from Rice University and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Forest is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. 


 

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Byron Knight

Managing Director, KDT

Byron Knight

Managing Director, Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT)

Byron is responsible for originating and investing in disruptive growth stage companies as well as connecting entrepreneurs to Koch’s businesses and capabilities where mutual benefit exists. Since joining KDT, Byron has led deals and has sat on the boards of several portfolio companies including Desktop Metal, Ibotta, Outrider, Trackonomy, Automox, and Beyond Identity. Prior to KDT, Byron served as Vice President of eCommerce for the North America Consumer Business at Georgia-Pacific. Prior to that, Byron helped start TechDiscovery, a company focused on technical due diligence and custom software development. Byron holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

INVESTORS

technical ADVISORY BOARD

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Taher Elgamal

"Father of SSL," Marconi Prize Winner 2019

Taher Elgamal, PhD

Dr. Taher Elgamal is an internationally respected information security leader and cryptographer. Dr. Elgamal was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from RSA Conference in 2009. Dr. Elgamal has successfully served as CISO, Chief Scientist, CTO, as well as founder and CEO of numerous key organizations. Dr. Elgamal invented several industry and government standards in data security and digital signatures for areas including the DSS government standard for digital signatures. Dr. Elgamal is recognized in the industry as the “father” of SSL.

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Marty Hellman

Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, Turing and Marconi Award Winner

Marty Hellman, PhD

Marty Hellman is an American cryptologist, best known for his invention of public key cryptography in cooperation with Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle. Marty serves as professor emeritus at Stanford University, and has received numerous awards and honors, including the Turing Award, considered the most prestigious award in the field of computer science, for 2015, together with Whitfield Diffie.

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Jarrod Benson

CISO, Koch Business Solutions

Jarrod Benson

CIO, Koch Business Solutions, LP and Global CISO, Koch Industries

Jarrod Benson is responsible for the information security strategy, operations, and cyber-risk for Koch Industries and its subsidiaries. Additionally, Jarrod serves as the CIO of Koch Business Solutions, LP (KBS), where he provides leadership, planning and strategy for Koch's global shared services organization. Jarrod has held multiple leadership positions in information technology at Koch. Based in Wichita, KS, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with estimated annual revenues as high as $115 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronics; information systems; commodity trading; minerals; energy; glass; ranching; and investments.

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Timothy L. Callahan

CSO, Aflac

Timothy L. Callahan, CISSP, CISM, CRISC 

Senior Vice President, Global Security; Chief Security Officer 

Tim Callahan joined Aflac in 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in information and physical security, business resiliency, and risk management. Tim was promoted to his current role in January 2016, where he is responsible for directing Aflac’s global security strategy and leading the information security, business continuity, and disaster recovery functions across the company to prioritize security initiatives and allocate resources based on appropriate risk assessments. 

Prior to joining Aflac, Tim served as Senior Vice President of Business Continuity and Information Assurance for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Tim also held leadership positions at People’s United Bank. 

Tim served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years and earned an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York, Albany.

Join Our Team

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Interested in working with smart people to solve the world’s largest security issue?

If you:

ARE INTELLECTUALLY
CURIOUS

ARE CONFIDENT
BUT NOT
EGOTISTICAL

VALUE TEAM PERFORMANCE OVER INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION

HAVE EXPERIENCE
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TECHNOLOGY
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