ForgePoint Capital, a San Mateo, CA-based venture capital firm investing in innovative cybersecurity companies, added Ernie Bio as a Vice President to the investment team.
Bio will work with ForgePoint to help identify promising investment areas, evaluate new opportunities, and support existing portfolio companies.
Most recently, Bio served as Chief Operating Officer of Defense Innovation Unit, a government startup headquartered in Silicon Valley. In that capacity, he was responsible for executing the organization’s strategy in an effort to identify and acquire commercial technologies to solve national security challenges. Bio helped grow the organization from roughly 20 to 70 employees and expand to four locations. As COO, he oversaw the approval and execution of over 60 prototype projects across five technology portfolios, from cybersecurity to commercial space.
Bio began his career as an F-16 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force and has served in multiple combat deployments. Following ten years of active service, his work in the private sector includes roles across business strategy and operations, first as a management consultant advising clients on corporate strategy or business transformation and later with an early stage startup focused on secure and scaleable microgrids.
Bio also holds an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.S. in cell and molecular biology from Loyola University.
Led by Co-founder and Managing Director Don Dixon, ForgePoint ForgePoint Capital is a $300m fund exclusively investing in cybersecurity companies. Portfolio companies include 4iQ, Appthority, Attivo, Bayshore Networks, BehavioSec, CyberCube, ID Experts, IronNet Cybersecurity, LoginRadius, Prevoty (acq. by Imperva), ReversingLabs, Trusted Key and Uptycs.