T.J. Rylander joined Next47 in 2017 and is based in Palo Alto. T.J.’s focus is on sourcing and supporting investments in the robotics, enterprise IT and cybersecurity verticals. In addition to providing capital support, his goal is to help entrepreneurs from across the globe grow revenue via the Next47 Catalyst team.
Prior to Next47, T.J. served as Managing Partner of In-Q-Tel (IQT), a non-profit strategic venture firm that operates on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community. T.J.’s focus was leading IQT’s investments in cybersecurity and data center technologies, with notable successes including Cloudant (acquired by IBM), Platfora (acquired by WorkDay), and multi-billion dollar IPOs for FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE), Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR) and Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG).
Outside of Next47, T.J. serves as a Director for Technology for Global Security, a non-profit dedicated to improving international security through better technology and policy. T.J. holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Finance from the University of Virginia.