André Pienaar – Founder & Managing Partner of C5 Capital

The key attributes of Late stage VC investment and why it is important in C5’s existing portfolio companies.

A lot of money is flowing into already developed companies, the question of the key attributes of late stage VC investment is important for anyone looking to be a Venture Capitalist. Founder and Managing Partner André Pienaar has 6 portfolio companies in the technology sector. In this interview, André Pienaar will help clarify late stage venture capitalist investment and go into more detail about his portfolio companies and the benefits C5 Capital provides them. His responses to these questions follows.

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André Pienaar Interviews Arno Robbertse

André Pienaar: “Welcome to the C5 Channel. C5 is a specialist venture capital fund that invests in cyber security, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Today Arno Robbertse, the chief executive of one of our portfolio companies, ITC Secure has come to have a cup of tea with me here in London. Arno, ITC Secure advises some of the world’s leading corporations about their cyber security. Your conversations with the chief executives and the boardroom directors of these global corporations, what’s on their mind as they go into 2019 and they consider their cyber security risk?”

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André Pienaar Interviews Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton

André Pienaar: “Welcome to C5. We are a specialist venture capital firm that invests in cyber security, artificial intelligence, and cloud. My name is Andre Pienaar and today as my guest, I have Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the chairman of the Cloud Leadership Center, a not for profit organization who has come to have a cup of tea with me in our boardroom. Jamie, welcome.”

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André Pienaar Interviews Malcolm Taylor

André Pienaar: “Welcome to the C5 channel. C5 is a specialist venture capital firm that invests in Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Computing. My name is Andre Pienaar, and today to have a cup of tea with me here in London is Malcolm Taylor, who leads the Cyber Consulting practice at one of our portfolio companies, ITC Secure. Malcolm, you’ve had a very distinguished career in the British intelligence community before you joined the private sector. Today in cyber security one of the most pressing questions that one hears often is what is the threat from nation-states in the field of cyber security? What’s your view on this?”

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André Pienaar Interviews Brian Menell

André Pienaar: “Welcome to the C5 Innovation channel. My name is Andre. C5 is a specialist venture capital fund focused on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Today, here in London, at our boardroom, we have Brian Menell, the Chief Executive of TechMet whose innovation lead is changing the world of mining and technology by focusing on how we can secure the critical minerals that are so crucial to the future of the digital world. Brian, welcome. Thank you for coming down to have a cup of tea with me today.”

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André Pienaar Interviews Eva-Maria Dimitriadis

André Pienaar: “Welcome to the C5 Innovation Channel. My name is Andre. We here in our boardroom in London. C5 is a specialist venture capital firm focused on investing in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. Today, to have a cup of tea with me is Eva-Maria Dimitriadis who’s been leading C5 Accelerate, our social impact investing platform. Eva, it’s great to have you with us today.”

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André Pienaar Interviews Kevin Barrow

André Pienaar: “Welcome to the C5 Innovation Leader’s Series and Channel. My name is Andre. C5 is a specialist venture capital firm, focused on investing in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. Today, to have a cup of tea with me in London, we have Kevin Barrow, one of the founders of Mark Labs, one of the most exciting startups that have passed through our accelerator program in Washington. Kevin, welcome. Mark Labs is helping to change and innovate the world of social impact investing. Tell us more about how you’re doing this and what you are focused on.”

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“The edge in cyberdefence is speed. AI is transforming cyberdefence, allowing businesses to detect evermore complex threats from evermore sophisticated attackers”

Article by Nick Ismail in the Raconteur, February 26th 2019

“The edge in cyberdefence is speed. AI is transforming cyberdefence, allowing businesses to detect evermore complex threats from evermore sophisticated attackers,” – André Pienaar

Sunday Times Raconteur Article: AI in cybersecurity: a new tool for hackers?
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The world renowned good governance and anti-corruption authority, Lord David Gold has joined our judging panel at this year’s Shield in the Cloud innovation challenge

Lord David Gold to join the prestigious panel of judges for C5’s Shield in the Cloud innovation challenge

The entry deadline for this year’s global, anti-corruption challenge has been extended to Friday 1st March 2019

Winners will be revealed at a gala dinner on the 20th March 2019

London, 26 February 2019 C5, the specialist venture capital firm focused on investing in cybersecurity, cloud and artificial intelligence, has announced that Lord David Gold, world renowned litigator and former partner of Herbert Smith, will be joining the panel of judges for C5’s annual Shield in the Cloud global anti-corruption innovation challenge.

Running for a second year, Shield in the Cloud attracts the best and brightest minds working to innovate the fight against corruption. The competition is open to start-ups, non-profits and governments, and the deadline for entries has now been extended to Thursday, 28th February.

Lord David Gold began his career at the leading international firm, Herbert Smith, where he joined the litigation practice in 1975. He later became Head of Litigation and later Senior Partner.  During this time, he oversaw the firm’s international expansion in emerging markets, including the Middle East, South East Asia and Russia. During his extensive career he has advised on some notable cases, including recovering assets world-wide from Spanish fraudster Jose-Maria Ruiz Mateos, former owner of Rumasa SA.  Since leaving Herbert Smith, Lord Gold has set up a consultancy and monitored BAE Systems for the US Department of Justice and advised Rolls Royce on various ethics and governance issues, helping the company obtain a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the UK, US and Brazilian authorities in January 2017.

He joins a prestigious panel of judges with expertise across the cybersecurity, technology, government banking and investment community. The panel includes Derek Maltz, the former Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); Jay Collins, Vice Chairman Corporate and Investment Banking at Citi; Lucinda Low, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Kurt Scherer, Chief of Staff at C5 and Andre Pienaar, Founder of C5.  The panel is tasked with identifying the most innovative start-ups, non-profits and governments who are using technology for global anti-corruption compliance issues. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Washington D.C. on 20 March 2019.

Lord David Gold said “Corruption is an issue that affects companies, individuals and countries at both the international and national level. On a global level, we are seeing more countries creating new and increasingly sophisticated anti-bribery and corruption legislations, including aggressive enforcement initiatives by government regulators. We are also witnessing various enforcement agencies joining forces to help fight against corruption and the various strains that international law has on these efforts. Technology will be invaluable in the fight to combat global, political and corporate corruption, and competitions such as C5’s Shield in the Cloud are helping companies and organisations to create innovative solutions. I am honoured to be part of the judging panel, and I am looking forward to reviewing all the entrant’s solutions.”

Andre Pienaar, Founder of C5 Capital said “It is an honour to have Lord David Gold join our judging panel. He brings with him a wealth of legal and business expertise in the global fight against corruption and will provide invaluable insights to all our entrants.”

Due to popular demand, the nominations for the Awards will close on 1st March and applications can be made here.

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Emily Jones and Sheena Munsami at C5Capital@hudsonsandler.com 

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