Blue Cedar was founded in 2016 on the notion that automating the integration of security into corporate mobile apps would deliver outsize business value to organizations embarking on digital transformation initiatives.
Our security experts created Blue Cedar Enforce, which integrates comprehensive, military-grade security functionality into mobile apps. Enforce is built on our No-Code Mobile App Integration Platform. This platform can be used to integrate critical services and SDKs, developed by partners, into mobile apps. More than 150 Blue Cedar customers, spanning every major industry vertical, use these solutions to secure and integrate critical third-party services into their apps.
Blue Cedar’s executive leadership team offers a world of experience when it comes to software integration, cloud services and essential mobile app functions like security. As technologists on the leading edge of software architecture and data protection, and product veterans who pioneered SaaS and PaaS solutions, we’ve built the right team when it comes to simple, seamless and code-free mobile app integration—because everyone wins when great apps are more rapidly built, then readily adopted and widely used.
Chief Executive Officer
John Aisien is the CEO of Blue Cedar. He brings a wealth of relevant experience as a successful enterprise software product and go-to-market executive, spanning roles in strategy & IT consulting, and successful stints running multiple functions in emerging, high-growth & large enterprise software firms.
Vice President, Global Sales
Gregory Ammirati joins Blue Cedar from IBM where he led North American Sales for its Unified Endpoint Management and Mobile Security brands.
Greg has spent the last 25+ years building and leading global teams that introduce innovative and disruptive technologies to the marketplace in verticals including advanced HealthCare Information Systems, Banking/Financial Services, High Performance Computing, Mobility, Analytics, and SaaS. Greg has over a decade’s experience in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Mobility, Analytics, and Security and participated in multiple IPO’s and successful M&A’s. He has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from The College of William and Mary.
Chief Financial Officer
Rodger is a Cal grad and started his career at Deloitte in San Francisco. He's been a CFO consultant for the last 12 years, working with early stage (Series Seed and Series A) technology companies. Some relevant clients include WhiteHat Security, Phantom (acquired by Splunk), and Remotium (acquired by Avast).
Most recently, Ken was President and CEO of Emotient, Inc., an innovative venture-backed software startup that built an artificial intelligence based platform for measuring facial expressions, leveraging computer vision and behavioral & cognitive science to predict emotions. Emotient was acquired by Apple in January 2016. Ken has also been CEO of two silicon valley public software companies, including Openwave, where he directed this Nasdaq listed mobile middleware technology company through a major strategy transition. While at iPass, Ken was Chairman and CEO and led a successful IPO in 2003. He has also served as Senior Vice President for MediaOne, leading a significant portion of this top 4 cable operator’s US operations. In an expat role, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Wireless, for MediaOne International, based in London. Ken holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Washington and a B.S. in accounting from Central Washington University. He is a member of the board of directors of Costco Wholesale (COST), Motorola Solutions (MSI), Mitek Systems (MITK), and LendingClub (LC). In September 2012, Ken was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, as a Visiting Professor. Ken is a board member of the UW Foster School of Business, and is also a member of the board of directors of the UW Foundation.
Brian Nugent is a founding General Partner of Sway Ventures, as well as a seasoned technology industry executive, entrepreneur and board director. As an investor, entrepreneur, operator and strategic advisor in over 150 technology ventures, Brian has built domain expertise and deep connections across the IT industry on five continents.
Brian has a proven record of driving software, SaaS, hardware and IT Services companies to market leadership positions. As an entrepreneur and operating executive he ran both public and privately-held enterprise software companies. Previously, Brian was a senior executive at Teros (acquired by Citrix), Atrica (acquired by Nokia-Siemens) and LuxN (acquired by Sorrento Networks). He currently serves on the board of directors of ThreatSTOP, Liquid Grids, and CyberHive. Brian is a member of the ‘Alliance of CEOs’, the San Diego Venture Group, and is a frequent lecturer at CEO consortium’s such as the ‘CEO Total Access Series’. He is active in a variety of charitable organizations and is a Board Member of PEERS Network and is a member of the 2013 National Champion Sunset Water Polo Club. Brian holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Benhamou Global Ventures
Anik Bose has 15 years of active venture capital and corporate development experience, with particular emphasis on transaction structuring and strategic planning, including 7 years as SVP, Corporate Development at 3Com Corporation, and 10 years as General Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures.
In his role as SVP, Corporate Development at 3Com he played a significant role in company strategy, managed a $250MM corporate venture fund and a team of 20 investment and business development professionals, spearheaded 20 venture capital investments and executed numerous spin out transactions as well as several large M&A transactions totaling over $1.4Bn in value. His venture investments on behalf of 3Com Ventures (3CV) include – Mesh Networks, Parthus, Cicada Semiconductor, Microtune, ADMTek, Atrica, Intransa, Sheer Networks, Air Prime, Yipes, Silicon Wave and Healthetec.
In his role at BGV, Anik Bose is currently a General Partner and works closely with Eric Benhamou. He is very active in every portfolio company where he spearheaded the investment, and serves as board member of Spikes Security and Crestatech. He also served as advisor to the CEO of Echelon and of GigOptix.
Anik Bose has extensive global experience as a private company director, having served on the board of several 3CV and BGV portfolio companies and on the board of H3C.
As a senior operational executive, Anik Bose architected the creation and launch of the fastest growing Asian networking company H3C, a joint venture between Huawei and 3Com. H3C achieved annual revenues of over $700 million and a market valuation of $1.8Bn within 36 months of launch. H3C was formed in 2003 with two key objectives: (1) Establish a significant market presence in China, the world’s fastest growing LAN switching and routing market; and (2) Establish world class R&D platform in China for LAN switching and routing at a highly competitive cost structure. At the time of formation, H3C was the first joint venture of its kind between a Silicon Valley technology company and a China based technology company focused on exploiting global markets. Anik Bose was the lead executive for 3Com who oversaw the growth of H3C, resolved day to day operational issues, worked closely with H3C management, nurtured the Huawei strategic relationship and ultimately negotiated the buyout of Huawei’s ownership stake by 3Com in late 2006.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Bose served as a Partner in the High Technology Strategy Practice of Deloitte Management Consulting in San Francisco as well as a Principal in the High Tech Strategy Practice of Gemini Management Consulting. In his management consulting roles Mr. Bose worked with high tech companies such as LSI Logic, Advanced Micro Devices and Hewlett Packard.
Sherman Chu is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Grayhawk Capital. Prior to co-founding Grayhawk in 1999, Mr. Chu was a Partner at the predecessor firm of Cornerstone Equity Partners. He began his venture capital career with Banc One Capital Partners as Associate, and later as Assistant Vice President.
Mr. Chu has served on the board of 15 privately held companies. Prior successful investments includes: New Century Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: NEW), AccountNow (acquired by GreenDot), ESS (acquired by IHS), QCSI (acquired by Trizetto), and ITax Group (acquired by First Advantage). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Arizona.