The Next Chapter: Flashpoint CEO Josh Lefkowitz on Flashpoint’s Majority Growth Investment from Audax
by Josh Lefkowitz, Flashpoint CEO and Co-Founder
Customers, Colleagues, and Friends,
As we announced earlier today, Flashpoint recently closed a majority growth investment from Audax Private Equity, propelling us into our next chapter, as we strive every day to help our customers take rapid, decisive actions that protect their organizations, assets, and people.
Since we founded the company in 2010, it has been an incredible privilege to serve our customers with actionable intelligence that both saves them time and money, and bolsters how they protect their brand and reputation. Over these past 11 years, there has been a far-reaching evolution of the market with more teams from more sectors, geographies, and maturities recognizing the value of threat intelligence in uncovering threats and mitigating risk. We now support over 350 customers across 25 verticals globally, operating as a trusted partner and an extension of each of their teams—so they can more adeptly navigate highly sensitive, complex, and impactful issues.
Audax’ growth investment empowers Flashpoint to accelerate our innovation and expand our capabilities, bringing threat intelligence to more teams and supporting more use cases across the enterprise and public sector.
One of the aspects that makes Flashpoint particularly unique in the cybersecurity market is our ability to deliver value to a broad array of fraud, risk, and cyber and physical security teams and use cases, which reflects our roots and core purpose in launching Flashpoint: to help and support the diverse needs of the commercial and national security communities. Today, we have evolved to address far more mission requirements within the public sector, from network defense and cybercrime to counterterrorism and counternarcotics to fraud and insider threat.
With Audax’ investment combined with our ambitious slate of upcoming product releases—including new products, such as Flashpoint Flow, the industry’s only intelligence-specific automation platform—I couldn’t be more excited about the company’s trajectory as we are uniquely positioned to make threat intelligence even more actionable for our current and future customers as we accelerate our product innovation and expand our market reach in the days, months, and years ahead.
I also couldn’t be more confident in Flashpoint’s current team to tackle this challenge head-on as we continue to relentlessly support our customers, delivering timely and actionable threat intelligence while ensuring our customers stay one step ahead of threat actors. With continued recognition, such as our recent placement on Fortune’s Best Places to Work in New York, it’s clear that the entire Flashpoint team lives and breathes our core values of GSD (Get Stuff Done!), Teamwork, and Adaptability, uniting us as we foster an open, innovative, and team-driven environment where everyone gets to be their authentic selves. Audax’ investment means that we have the opportunity to hire more amazing Flashpointers to do ever more for our customers and our mission.
At Flashpoint, we’re also fortunate to have such a robust collaborative customer community where we all jointly collaborate, share information, and support our numerous missions and extended intelligence sharing communities, including the many ISACs and ISAOs we work with. With Audax’ support, we will continue to expand and enrich our community engagement, as we are all stronger together.
On a more personal note, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has made Flashpoint the industry leader that we are today. To my co-founders, Evan Kohmann and Josh Devon, it’s been a remarkable journey over the last 11 years; thank you for your unwavering vision, partnership, friendship, GSD mentality, and ferocious willpower.
To our investors and Board members, thank you for your belief in building something that would change the industry. Prior to this transaction, Flashpoint was backed by Georgian, Greycroft Partners, TechOperators, K2 Integrity, Jump Capital, Leaders Fund, Bloomberg Beta, and Cisco Investments. As a signal of their continued enthusiasm in our go-forward business, we are thrilled that many of these investors chose to roll over a portion of their proceeds into the next stage of Flashpoint’s growth.
Finally, to my fellow Flashpointers, thank you for your unwavering drive, adaptability, and teamwork that continue to make our company so special. And of course, to our partners and customers, thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work to make threat intelligence even more actionable for you.
We’re all so excited to embark on this next chapter with our new partners at Audax! We can’t wait to show you what we have in store as we make intelligence even more actionable across more use cases and teams.