Michael Brown becomes partner at Shield Capital

On May 1, San Francisco, CA-based Shield Capital announced the admission of Michael Brown as partner of the firm.

Brown joined SHIELD in October 2022 as a venture partner after four impactful years as a senior Department of Defense (DoD) official leading the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). He expanded DIU’s national presence and engagement with technology innovators and company founders critical to emerging national security requirements and capabilities.

He previously served as the CEO of two Fortune 500 publicly-traded technology companies, Symantec and Quantum Corporation. At Symantec, Brown led the company’s strategic shift to focus on cybersecurity and cloud-based solutions while divesting the storage management businesses. He began his tech career at disk drive maker Quantum Corporation when the company was a newly public company with $40 million in revenues. He served in various marketing and general management roles helping grow the company into a $6 billion market leader. Brown has considerable company governance experience, having served on the boards of 10 public and private companies.

Brown brings a deep understanding of critical technologies in SHIELD’s investment domains of artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber security, and space. His executive experience and leadership in national security align with SHIELD’s team, investment strategy, and mission.

“Mike is a tremendous leader, investor, and technology executive with a deep understanding of national security. Having collaborated with Mike for the past eight years, I am thrilled to welcome him as full-time partner of the firm,” said Raj Shah, managing partner, Shield Capital.

Philip Bilden, managing partner, Shield Capital, noted, “Mike’s senior leadership experience and relationships are invaluable to SHIELD’s portfolio companies that bridge technology and national security. Mike will be an asset to SHIELD’s company founders as they scale their businesses and engage with government customers. We are honored by his partnership.”

Source: Shield Capital

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