Conjur acquired by Cyber-Ark

I am thrilled to congratulate the entire team @ Conjur on their successful acquisition by Cyber-Ark. Formal announcement of the deal is here.

As you know — I’m all about Founders — and I’m thrilled to congratulate Elizabeth Lawler (Co-Founder & CEO) & Kevin Gilpin (Co-Founder & CTO). Kevin and Elizabeth are not only my great friends and trusted colleagues but they are also fantastic Founders.

Thanks to my fellow seed investors @ Conjur :

  • Rich Levandov and Brady Bohrmann @ Avalon at truly exceptional. My experience with Avalon over a number of startups has been consistently fantastic. Every time Rich and Brady are faced with a tough decision — they consistently do the right thing for the company and for the Founders — Rich and Brady define the term “Founder Friendly”
  • Sunil Dhaliwal @ Amplify Partners invested in Conjur just before he moved to California — Conjur was one of his first investments @ Amplify. Sunil’s steady support — especially through the acquisition — has been greatly appreciated.

I have a passion for great software and the amazing “10Xers” that populate the best software companies. Kevin is one of the best software engineers with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. I first met Kevin back in the mid-1990’s — where we both worked @ Trilogy. Kevin’s skills @ Trilogy were legendary (the bar was insanely high). We’ve worked together many times since then and over the past 20+ years and it’s always a pleasure for me to watch the world come to recognize Kevin as truly one of the best in software.

Originally published at on May 11, 2017.

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