Will Lin became interested in hacking and cybersecurity through the fraud side of the early internet days. That, coupled with his entrepreneurial interests — he had small businesses involving technology as a high school student, as well as college — eventually led him to venture capital.
“Really early on, you saw some pretty shady things going on on the internet,” Lin told Sam Curry, chief security officer at Cybereason, during episode 16 of the CISO Stories podcast. “For me, it was always interesting to see what the line was and seeing people clearly going over the line.”
Lin, founding team member at ForgePoint Capital and co-creator of the CISO community Security Tinkerers, discusses his passion for technology and how it led him to a career helping security companies launch, as well as his work supporting CISOs through collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Lin is a member of the ForgePoint founding team, rising from vice president to managing director in five years. He is a senior member of the team responsible for leading investments, growing the members of the investment team, expanding the trusted network of industry relationships and supporting fundraising efforts. He started his career at Citi’s Investment Banking Group and subsequently joined Trident Capital where he supported investments in cybersecurity and infrastructure software. Lin currently serves on the boards of Attivo Networks, Bishop Fox, Concourse Labs, LoginRadius, Remediant, Symmetry Systems, Uptycs and an unannounced company.
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