We’re a cybersecurity supergroup bringing radical changes to the security field.

ORIGINS

Our founders, a group of hyperscale ansd security experts, backed by Point72Ventures, came together to stop cyber crime and protect the world. Incorporated in 2019, ActZero is building the most effective, cloud-based, AI-powered MDR, and in the process, we’re forming an organization based on trust, execution, customer obsession, and continuous improvement.

END GOAL

We intend to build ActZero into a large, multi-billion-dollar, global company that successfully achieves hyperscale and changes the security field. Across our careers, we’ve seen entire companies fold, departments laid off, and consumers suffer because cyber security safeguards were not in place. Our end goal for our customers is that ActZero empowers security analysts to become true threat hunters, capable of defending and saving their businesses.

COMPANY CULTURE

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CUSTOMER FOCUS

Our customers are often small- to mid-sized businesses who have, unfortunately, already suffered loss at the hands of a hacker. We provide businesses with cybersecurity protection before they’re ready to support their own internal security team. We maintain a state-of-the-art Security Operations Center (SOC) on behalf of our customers.

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OPEN COMMUNICATION

We actively seek and encourage individual opinions on important decisions. Our commitment to open communication starts with the executive team. We’ve been deliberate and thoughtful about making transparency a part of everyday life at ActZero. When it comes to code, data, and metrics, all information is available to anyone within the company.

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SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO FAIL

Resilience is built into our engineering culture. If machines can fail, so can people. Part of resilience means reducing the negative impact of failure. We encourage systems that self-heal and roll forward. We use AI, especially machine learning, precisely because we do not know the right answer before we start.

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FAST-PACED ENVIRONMENT

We already have product-market fit and work quickly out of excitement. Everyone operates with a strong sense of ownership, which translates into urgency—a calm assurance and eagerness to deliver immense value to our customers and change how security services are managed.

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START-TO-FINISH OWNERSHIP

Engineers own their work from ideation to release. Engineers demonstrate ownership by thinking through and leading the design, implementation, testing, deployment and operation of their solutions. With this responsibility, an engineer gets autonomy to martial people and resources and to own critical decisions.

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CONTINUOUS FEEDBACK

We have a strong culture of documenting, reviewing, and exchanging constructive and positive feedback. 

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HEAVILY TEAM ORIENTED

We have a strong founding team and recognize the importance of collective experience and skill sets.

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DATA-DRIVEN

Decisions about processes, engineering, and product are never made without supporting data.

Dr. Sameer Bhalotra

Dr. Sameer Bhalotra

Co-Founder and CEO

Sameer previously worked as Co-founder/ CEO of StackRox, as a cybersecurity executive at Google, as COO at Impermium (acquired by Google), and as a board member for numerous security startups. He has served in various roles in government including Senior Director for Cybersecurity on the National Security Council staff at the White House and Cybersecurity & Technology Lead for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Ed Gardner

Ed Gardner

Co-Founder and Head of Product

Ed was previously a Senior Program Manager for Enterprise Protection and Detection at Microsoft, and Senior Technical Program Manager for Consumer Data Protection at Amazon working on a content classification and data loss prevention service. He spent nearly 10 years at Akamai Technologies, working in various roles including Senior Service Architect for Platform and Security, Service Architect for Cloud Security Solutions, and Senior Program Manager.

John Nurczynski

John Nurczynski

Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Operations Business Planning

John was previously team lead for Customer Success at Arceo Analytics and Operations Manager at StackRox, two rising security startups in Silicon Valley. He was Senior Analyst within the Investment Banking Division at AGC Partners, specializing in Cybersecurity and
Enterprise Software. John is also a former Senior Associate within the Wealth & Asset Management Division at Ernst & Young.

Jerry Heinz

Jerry Heinz

Head of Engineering

Jerry previously led NVIDIA’s GPU Cloud for AI/ML, Professional Graphics, and Gaming. Jerry is the former Head of Advanced Gaming Technologies for AWS and led Amazon AppStream, Amazon Lumberyard, and operations for Amazon Game Studio. Over his career, Jerry has led engineering at multiple startups in online-dating, e-commerce, member management, education, and mortgage banking.

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