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Summer Cybersecurity Bootcamp for Founders & Investors

3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Expand your cybersecurity knowledge through a program that has successfully taught over 160+ leading cybersecurity investors and leaders!

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Past Clients & Cohort Participants

McKinsey & Company
Palo Alto Networks
Morgan Stanley

Course overview

Become A Well Rounded Cybersecurity Expert & Investor

How This Bootcamp Helps - It delves deep into frameworks for simplifying the complex world of cybersecurity.

1) In-depth cybersecurity Insights: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the cybersecurity landscape through detailed case studies from Palo Alto Networks, Datadog, and Crowdstrike.

2) Simplification of complex terminologies: You receive a simplified package of key cybersecurity terminologies and a summary that makes sense of 4000 companies.

3) Centralized resource: You get a centralized package of all the important cybersecurity categories and market industries.

4) Product differentiation: You get product and feature comparison of cybersecurity companies that helps distinguish between

5) Becoming a well-rounded technologist: This program will allow you analyze cybersecurity technologies to become better at your jobs and make better investment decisions.

This bootcamp is meticulously designed for investors and operators eager to dissect cybersecurity technologies.


Who Is This BootCamp For?


Public & Private Investors -

Across retail investors, VCs & Funds who want an easy framework to grasp the complex cybersecurity landscape.


Cybersecurity professionals -

Individuals who want to broaden and get a better understanding of newer categories of cybersecurity.


Product Managers

For PM's building products in specific categories of cybersecurity and want to expand their cybersecurity knowledge base


Founders -

Those brainstorming new categories of cybersecurity who want to understand deep industry problems within specific markets.

Outcomes from this bootcamp

Expand your technical and industry knowledge of cybersecurity technologies!

  • Analyze all the financial and technical lingo in an earnings call like a professional.
Become better at understanding the different markets and categories of cybersecurity!
  • You’ll become better at comparing and dissecting the differences in public cybersecurity companies.

  • Understand what differentiates Crowdstrike vs. SentinelOne or Palo Alto Networks vs. Fortinet.

  • Be able to speak articulately on key software metrics to drive strategic decision
Establish your own framework for understanding the cybersecurity industry, its technologies, and terminologies!
  • Become better at understanding the complex cybersecurity industry and its core technologies.

  • In-depth understanding of endpoint, network, cloud, AI, data and identity security.

  • Be able to identify and distinguish the key differences amongst the technologies.

Networking opportunities with other top-level operators and investors access
  • Network with other software investors and operators who are passionate about learning the same topic within your domain of interest.

  • Join our long-term Slack community with other operators and investors from venture capital firms, and large tech companies

This course includes

12 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

3 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

Projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jul 8—Jul 14

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jul


      Introduction, Welcome Session & Networking

      Mon, Jul 8, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Cloud & Application Security

      Wed, Jul 10, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Optional: Guest Speaker with Datadog's Cloud Security Leader & AppSec Expert, James B

      Thu, Jul 11, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Modern SOCs, SIEMs & Automation (ft Guest Speaker Oliver Rochford)

      Fri, Jul 12, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC


    • Introductions & Welcome Session

    • Cloud & Application Security

    • The Modern SOC, SIEMs & Automation Platforms

  • Week 2

    Jul 15—Jul 21

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jul


      Endpoint Security (EDR, XDR) | Cybersecurity Services, MSSP, MDR

      Mon, Jul 15, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Guest Speaker Session w/ SOC & XDR Leader, Erik Bloch

      Tue, Jul 16, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Network Security, Firewalls, SASE & Zero-Trust w/ Guest Speaker

      Wed, Jul 17, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC

    • Jul


      SASE / SSE Guest Speaker Session with Abe Ankumah

      Thu, Jul 18, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Identity Access Management (IAM) & Governance Security

      Fri, Jul 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM UTC


    • Endpoint Security (EDR, XDR)

    • Identity Access Management (IAM) & Governance Security

    • Network Security, Firewalls, SASE & Zero-Trust

  • Week 3

    Jul 22—Jul 24

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jul


      Best of Breed Buying Decisions with Datadog's Security Research Leader

      Mon, Jul 22, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Best of Breed & Niche Cyber Solutions Cnt'd

      Tue, Jul 23, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Platform Consolidation vs. Best of Breed Security

      Wed, Jul 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM UTC


    • Cybersecurity Services, MSSP, MDR & Channel Partners

    • Best of Breed Solutions: Email, DSPM & AI Security

    • Platform Consolidation vs. Best of Breed Security

  • Bonus


    • Bootcamp Project

What people are saying

        The quality and level of detail surpasses most sell-side research produced today. I especially appreciate the fact that the product combines datapoints from public and private companies to generate insights. The product is a good fit for both industry participants trying to learn the financial side, but also financial professionals.
Ivana Spear

Ivana Spear

Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Investor & Fund Manager at Spears ETF | Ex. Millenillium & Citadel Hedge Fund
        Francis is one of those rare people that really understands the business of cybersecurity. The ease with which he breaks down technical complexity and ties it back to financial reality is illuminating for anyone interested in learning more about cyber"
Rak Garg

Rak Garg

Partner at Bain Capital Ventures | Cybersecurity & AI Investor
        Francis immediately come to mind when I think of “thought leaders” in the Cybersecurity space. The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving, and I’ve benefited tremendously from Francis’ deep dives on the sector.
CJ Gustafson

CJ Gustafson

CFO at PartsTech | Lead Author Mostly Metrics, One of the largest podcasts
        Francis has played a pivotal role in enhancing my investment decisions regarding security companies. It serves as a comprehensive, one-stop guide, offering in-depth analysis and coverage of the intricate technological and financial aspects of security companies. The platform has provided me with invaluable insights with confidence
Shubham Goel 

Shubham Goel 

Security Product Manager @ Netskope | Ex Security Operator at Uber, Exabeam
        Francis has an incredibly deep and nuanced understanding of the security sector. It goes beyond the surface level; he possesses a deep understanding of the history, evolution, and the direction in which the industry is heading. His expertise shines through, whether he's conducting extensive research on specific sectors like the SASE market
Danel Dayan

Danel Dayan

Principal at Battery Ventures | Cybersecurity Investor

Meet your instructor

Francis Odum

Francis Odum

Cybersecurity Researcher, Writer & Analyst

Francis is a renowned cybersecurity researcher, independent analyst and thought leader who advises some of the world's largest venture capital firms and security leaders.

Francis from transitioned from conducting cyber research at a venture capital in San Francisco to becoming an independent cybersecurity researcher with an audience of over 60,000 followers.

His work is read by 500,000 security professionals and his research has generated over a million impressions globally. He advises venture capitalists, buyside and late- stage private's investors.

Once every few months, he compiles his research from speaking to CISOs, security leaders and operators into a bootcamp.

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EXTENDED - Course Schedule

6-7 hours per week
  • July 2024

    Session Syllabus

    • Frameworks for the Cybersecurity Industry
    • Cloud security overview
    • Endpoint security overview
    • Identity security overview
    • Network security overview
    • Key Companies: Crowdstrike, Palo Alto Networks.

  • Monday, Weds & Fridays

    • Ample Q&A sessions
    • Every session is recorded
    • Live replays available immediately after a class.
  • Weekly Projects

    2 hours per week

    Schedule items can also be used to convey commitments outside of specific time slots (like weekly projects or daily office hours).

  • Special Guest Speaker Sessions

    • Engage with Software-focused buy-side guest speakers (VCs, PEs and Hedge funds)
    • Opportunity to ask questions from a leading CISO executive.
    • Technical cybersecurity expert calls and interviews during bootcamp

  • Exclusive Deep Dives & Reports


    • Exclusive deep dives and reports on the cybersecurity industry
    • Exclusive reports on cloud, endpoint, Identity, and network security.
  • Community Access

    Ongoing special events & resources

    • Opportunity to join our community of SaaS Investors, Venture capitalists and operators
    • Network with fellow-minded individuals within the industry.
    • Access to our quarterly events with experts within the security and software investing ecosystem

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Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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