Mark McGovern
Mark McGovern

Venture Partner

Joined Sands Capital


Work Experience

Ravenwill (2019 - 2021)
Orlando, FL | CEO

CA Technologies  (2016 – 2019)
Washington, DC | Vice President, Product Management

Mobile System 7 (2011 - 2016)
Bethesda, MD | CEO, Co-Founder

In-Q-Tel (2002 - 2011)
Arlington, VA | Vice President, Technology

Cigital (2000 - 2002)
Herndon, VA | Director, Technology


Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MS | Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
BS | Electrical Engineering

Mark McGovern began working with Sands Capital Ventures as an adviser in 2019 and joined Sands Capital full time in 2021. He’s a respected cybersecurity industry professional with significant technical, operational and investment experience that includes developing covert and clandestine communication systems for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), building Cigital’s original security business, leading In-Q-Tel’s cybersecurity investments for 9+ years, and co-founding a cybersecurity startup (Mobile System 7) that he led as CEO from inception through acquisition. He’s a regular speaker at industry conferences including the RSA Conference, Blackhat, and Defcon. Mark earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He’s a licensed professional engineer and holds 4 United States patents.

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