– USA, CA – Agari, the leading provider of real-time, data-driven security solutions that detect and prevent advanced email cyberattacks, today announced that veteran Silicon Valley executive Martin Brauns has joined its board of directors. Brauns brings more than three decades of high-technology leadership expertise to Agari, including his tenure as CEO of Interwoven, a recognized early pioneer and leader in web and enterprise content management solutions that was subsequently acquired by Autonomy Inc. in 2009.
Brauns led Interwoven through successive venture rounds and drove rapid revenue growth leading to the company’s highly successful initial public offering in October 1999. Brauns successfully recast Interwoven’s strategy and business model during the difficult post-Internet bubble era. His experience running a high-growth company will further catalyze Agari’s growth as the security leader that helps global brands eliminate email cyberattacks, protect customers and their personal data, and preserve brand reputation.
“Today we have a worldwide epidemic of cyberattacks including data breaches and email-borne threats which presents a monumental drain on commerce and amounts to a huge tax on global gross domestic product,” Brauns said. “Agari has a world class customer roster, proven repeatable business model, and the capital to scale to solve an acute pain point for leading companies. Agari’s scalable, disruptive technology is compelling and transformative. I’m tremendously excited to be joining Agari and the team at this pivotal moment in their journey.”
By creating a level of unequaled visibility and control for managing email data in the cloud, Agari is building a connected community of global brands, mail providers and technology partners. As a founding member of DMARC.org and contributing author of the open standard DMARC that undergirds its solutions, Agari helps companies combat the crippling business threat of cyberattacks. Last month, Agari announced a $15 million Series C funding round led by Scale Venture Partners, joined by existing investors Alloy Ventures, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and others, that will further fuel the company’s rapid growth. This comes on the heels of strong momentum, as Agari’s client base has doubled in the past year and revenue has tripled.
“I have had the good fortune of Martin’s informal counsel for some time now, and his expertise in leading Interwoven through hyper-growth, and then repositioning the company successfully for future growth following the difficult post-Internet bubble we all lived through, together with his international business acumen, will be invaluable to Agari as we continue to scale the business,” said Patrick Peterson, Agari’s founder and CEO. “Agari is uniquely positioned for growth not only because of our leading technology platform but also because our business was built in part on open standards to enable global scalability.
In addition to serving as CEO of Interwoven, Brauns has since his retirement served on a number of boards of directors, and earlier in his career held senior leadership positions at Wyse Technology, Informix and Adaptec. “I have been tracking Agari with interest and the company now, with its leading security solutions, recent venture capital funding and rapid customer and revenue growth, is poised to scale aggressively,” Brauns said.
Agari builds disruptive, Internet-scale, data-driven security solutions that eliminate email as a channel for cyberattacks and enable businesses and consumers to interact safely. The Agari cloud-based SaaS solution aggregates data from 2.5 billion mailboxes to help global brands eliminate email threats, protect customers and their personal data, and proactively guard brand reputation. Today, Agari analyzes over 6 billion messages per day, identifies over 2 million malicious URLs per month, and blocks over 200 million malicious emails per month. Founded by the thought leaders behind Cisco’s IronPort solutions, Agari, a recipient of the JPMorgan Chase Hall of Innovation Award and recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Security, is backed by Alloy Ventures, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital, Greylock Partners and Scale Venture Partners.
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