Maria has been building and founding technology businesses for 25 years. Her operational, entrepreneurial and senior management experience in venture-backed technology companies includes two Massachusetts IPOs of the Year and the founding of two successful companies and a venture capital firm.
Prior to co-founding .406 Ventures in 2006, Maria served as an SVP of VeriSign following its 2005 acquisition of Guardent, the market leading Managed Security Services provider for $142 million. Guardent was a Sequoia, Charles River Ventures and NEA-backed IT security company that Maria co-founded and led as CEO. In this role, Maria received industry recognition as "Massachusetts CEO of the Year" and "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year," among others.
Prior to Guardent, Maria was Senior Vice President responsible for sales and marketing at Razorfish, an IT services company that acquired her previous company, i-Cube, for $1.8 billion in 1999. At i-Cube, Maria led sales and marketing. Prior to i-Cube, from 1993 – 1997, Maria was responsible for North American sales at Shiva, the category-creating remote access leader. Prior to Shiva, Maria held sales and marketing roles at Lotus Development Corporation and Software City Inc.
Maria holds an AB in English literature from Mount Holyoke College where she has served as a Trustee and as a member of the college's investment committee.
At .406 Ventures, in addition to her investment activities, Maria manages brand building and deal flow strategy. She currently serves on the boards of .406 portfolio companies Onapsis and Simon Data. Maria formerly served on the board of Carbon Black until its IPO in 2018 (NASDAQ: CBLK), and on the boards of Adtuitive, AuthAir, Digitalsmiths, Edgewise Networks, Jisto, Memento, MineralTree, Pwnie Express, Threat Stack, Vaultive and Veracode until their respective acquisitions by Etsy, LogMeIn, TiVO, Zscaler, Trilio Data, FIS, Global Payments, Outpost24, f5, CyberArk and CA Technologies.
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One of them. (With a decade + of relevant investment experience that can be helpful to them).
As an extension of their team.
I don’t believe in failure. I believe in lessons learned and perseverance
A Room With A View by E.M. Forrester
Any non touristy village in Europe that dates back to the middle ages
Get the first 15 hires right and the rest will be easy…
The day my dad took the training wheels off my bike and ran alongside me for about a mile!
A 500 family town in NJ, no traffic signal in town
Listen more than you talk and when you do talk choose your words carefully
Wash your hands often
Never give up and always have big dreams
was a lifeguard
VC chose me
My longstanding relationships with hundreds of former colleagues
Compact size with big wingspan