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About Anjuna

Software from Anjuna Security effortlessly enables enterprises to safely run even their most sensitive workloads in the public cloud. Unlike complex perimeter security solutions easily breached by insiders and malicious code, Anjuna leverages the strongest secure computing technologies available to make the public cloud the most secure computing resource available anywhere. Anjuna is based in Palo Alto, California.

Ayal Yogev


Ayal has 20 years of experience in the enterprise security market, serving most recently as VP of Product Management at SafeBreach. Prior to that, he led the Umbrella product management team at OpenDNS, which was acquired by Cisco in 2015 for $635M. Ayal has also held senior product management positions at Lookout and Imperva, and he was part of Imperva's IPO in 2011.

Ayal holds an MBA with honors from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.Sc. Summa Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University.

Yan Michalevsky


Yan graduated with a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where his research focused on applied security and privacy, advised by Professor Dan Boneh. Formerly, accumulated more than 15 years of industry experience as an engineering team lead and software engineer at several companies.

Yan holds a B.Sc. with honors in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, and an MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His research has been presented at academic conferences, such as Usenix Security and MobiCom, as well as at practitioner-oriented security conferences, such as BlackHat and the RSA Conference. His work has been covered by popular media outlets, including the BBC, Wired, Engadget, and KQED TV.

Steve Van Lare

VP Engineering

Steve has 30 years of experience in enterprise software. He was formerly the Vice-President of Engineering at Automation Anywhere. In the security area, Steve was Vice-President of Engineering at 41st Parameter, a leader in fraud detection. Previously, he was a VP at Oracle and Agile Software.

Steve has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Natasha A. Barksdale

Head of People

Natasha has spent her career working in people and talent at software companies including Salesforce, Facebook, and OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco). She most recently served as the Head of People at Tophatter.

Natasha received her BA in Communication Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She holds a Professional in Human Resources certification from HRCI.

Trent Hall

VP Alliances & Cloud

Trent has over twenty years of experience building and leading high-growth teams across the enterprise and public sector space. He previously served as VP of Global Channel and Alliances at Skydio and SignalFx (acquired by Splunk) and led AppDev Partnerships at Splunk. Trent holds an MSc in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mark Bower

VP Product

Mark Bower has two decades of experience at leading security companies in the U.S., Australia, U.K., and Germany. He is a noted expert in data protection, data privacy, and information risk reduction. Before joining Anjuna, where he owned product strategy for advanced confidential computing, he headed product and business strategy for Voltage Security (acquired by HPE) and the Atalla HSM business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He most recently led product management for Amazon’s Payment Cryptography business.

Manoj Apte

Board Member

Manoj most recently served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Zscaler, where he was responsible for defining the company’s cloud security platform and service offerings. At Zscaler, he ran sales enablement and marketing, developed key strategic partnerships, and ran early-stage engineering and operations. Prior to that, he held senior product and engineering roles at Juniper Networks.

Lonne Jaffe

Board Member
Insight Partners

Lonne Jaffe is a managing director at Insight Partners, and joined the firm in 2017. He was previously the CEO of Insight portfolio company Syncsort (now part of Precisely), which he joined in 2013 after serving as the senior vice president for corporate strategy at CA Technologies. Prior to CA, Lonne spent over a decade at IBM, where he led a number of sizable software acquisitions and held various technology strategy and operating executive roles. 


Peter Barrett

Board Member

Peter Barrett is a founder and CTO of Playground Global. He has been writing software since he was a teenager. At 19, his first security program caught the attention of the NSA. From his first company, Rocket Science Games, he’s had an adventurous career in technology from creating the first widely used video codec in the early 90s, building the world’s most popular IPTV platform at Microsoft, cloud intelligence for automotive at CloudCar and now quantum and optical computing, robotics and artificial intelligence at Playground. He holds over 100 patents.


Prof. Dan Boneh

Dr. Boneh is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he heads the applied cryptography group and co-directs the computer security lab.

Dr. Boneh's research focuses on applications of cryptography to computer security. His work includes cryptosystems with novel properties, web security, cryptography for blockchains, and cryptanalysis. He is the author of over 150 publications in the field, and a recipient of the 2014 ACM prize, the 2013 Godel prize, the RSA award in mathematics, and six best paper awards. In 2016, Dr. Boneh was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Davi Ottenheimer

Davi has served as head of security across multiple industries, including data storage and management vendors (EMC, MongoDB, Yahoo!), one of the world’s largest investment fund managers (BGI), an international retailer/wholesaler (West Marine), and higher education and aerospace (UCSC, UARC, U Iowa).

Davi is an expert in regulations and compliance, and served as Board Member for the Payment Card Industry Security Alliance and the Silicon Valley chapters of ISACA and OWASP.

Dan Petrozzo

Dan is a Venture Partner at Oak HC/FT. He brings two decades of experience in capital markets and asset management, with a focus on infrastructure and tech. Dan was Senior Vice President at Intralinks, responsible for customer success and technology operations. He joined the company from Verilume, a cloud computing company he co-founded and sold to Intralinks.

He is a former Partner and Global Head of Technology for investment management at Goldman Sachs. He has also served as Chief Information Officer at Fidelity Investments, Co-Chief Information Officer at Morgan Stanley, and Global Head of Equity Prime Services Technology at Deutsche Bank AG. Dan is a Board Member for Pagaya and a Board Observer for NextCapital. He holds a BA degree from Moravian College and a law degree from Seton Hall University Law School.

Matt Pauker

Matt is a serial founder, angel investor, and advisor. Most recently, he co-founded 21 (later, one of the earliest blockchain companies that was sold in 2018 to Coinbase. Prior to that, Matt co-founded Voltage Security, an enterprise cybersecurity company originally formed in his dorm room at Stanford in 2002.

Widely considered one of the originators of the data-centric security model, Voltage was acquired in 2015 by HP Enterprise. Matt is the author of more than two dozen cryptography, security, and payments patents and was a key contributor in the development of several NIST & IETF security standards. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford.

Prof. Chia-Che Tsai

Chia-Che Tsai is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. After completing his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University in 2017, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the RISELab of UC Berkeley. His research interests include operating system design, trusted execution, and cloud computing.

He is also the main developer of the Graphene library OS, an open-source project for isolating Linux applications on Intel SGX and non-POSIX platforms. His work has been published at many conferences, including SOSP, Eurosys, CCS, and USENIX ATC.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Meta Financial Technologies, Meta Platforms, Inc., overseeing security for all of Meta’s payments and financial services. Previously Michael served as Capital One’s CISO and Senior Vice President, leading and managing information security, cybersecurity operations, and security technology innovation. Prior to joining Capital One, Michael served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Energy, and in other key cyber-focused executive roles in the U.S. Government at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the White House Executive Office of the President.

Mark Cranney

Mark was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Skydio, where he led all operations and go-to-market for the company. Prior to that he was COO at Signalfx, an operating partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and he led worldwide-field operations for Opsware and Aster Data Systems (acquired by Teradata). Mark came to Silicon Valley after serving as Vice President of Americas at Boston-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC).