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Option3Ventures Appoints Rick Andlinger as Partner and Chief Investment Officer as it Launches New Cybersecurity Venture Capital Fund

New York, New York – March 26, 2020 – Option3Ventures, a leading cybersecurity investment specialist firm based in New York and the Washington DC area, recently appointed Rick Andlinger as Partner and Chief Investment Officer. The announcement was made today by Manish Thakur, Managing Partner of Option3Ventures.

“We are thrilled to have Rick take on the role of Chief Investment Officer, especially at a time when the cybersecurity industry is pivoting to meet new challenges ranging from profound COVID-19 disruptions to maintaining the integrity of the November election,” said Manish Thakur, Managing Partner, Option3Ventures. “Rick brings deep skills and capabilities that will be critical as we grow Option 3 Cyber Investments, a venture capital fund specifically focused on the frontiers of this industry.” Rick joins a team of specialists who have spent their careers focused on national security challenges.

Before taking this role, Rick Andlinger has spent over two decades as President of an extended family office, Andlinger & Company, where he specialized in private equity and venture capital investing. He also has helped companies grow in his various roles as a CEO, a board member and an investment banker. With this appointment as Chief Investment Officer of Option3Ventures, its new Fund will further expand its push to address the industry’s most pressing problems such as the need for automation, protecting critical infrastructure and utilizing transformational technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

“After serving on Option3Ventures’ Investment Committee since its inception, I am looking forward to greatly expanding my role with this team that uniquely combines decades of experience gained in both the national security community and the investment industry”, said Rick Andlinger. “It is more important than ever to invest in next generation cybersecurity technologies that addresses challenges which existing solutions cannot. We need to be in a position to protect our nation and the greater good from the evolving threat landscape”

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About Option3Ventures
Option3Ventures is a leading cybersecurity investment specialist made up of professionals drawn from both the national security community and the investment industry. It focuses on those companies at the very frontiers the of the cybersecurity sector, offering solutions to problems that existing technologies cannot address. Over the past five years, O3V has built up a track record of venture investing in a select group of category leaders, and is now raising its first dedicated cyber venture capital fund, Option 3 Cyber Investments. O3V is based in New York and the Washington DC area, and its Board of Advisors range from former Chief Information Officers at such organizations as the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense to the former CIO of Merrill Lynch and former CEO of Lehman Brothers.  

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