Rick Grinnell

Managing Partner

Glasswing Ventures

Rick Grinnell is Managing Partner at Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to building the next generation of AI technology companies that connect consumers and enterprises and securethe ecosystem. As a venture capitalist and seasoned operator, Rick has invested in some of the most dynamic companies in security, enterprise infrastructure and storage. During his 19 years of venture capital experience, which includes co-founding and serving as Managing Director of Fairhaven Capital, he has led investments and served on the board of directors for companies including EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), Prelert (acquired by Elastic), Resilient Systems (acquired by IBM), VeloBit (acquired by Western Digital) and most recently Allure Security, Armored Things, NormShield, and Terbium Labs.

Rick is on the Board of Directors of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a member-driven non-profit harnessing the power of collective resources to strengthen cyber defenses, develop security talent, and advocate for well-informed public policy. He is also active with various entrepreneurial programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard and Tufts Universities, and is a frequent judge at MassChallenge. Rick’s contributions to the broader community include serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Science in Boston, and as a member of the Educational Council at MIT. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

Rick earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


View From the CISO’s Office

Tuesday, July 30th
As enterprises embark on digital transformation, leading organizations are emphasizing a converged risk management approach bringing new players to the decision-making table. Physical security solutions increasingly interact with critical data sources to deliver more value to an organization, so what are information security professionals interested in when interacting with their physical security counterparts and their partners? How can physical security provide value –and hence buy in – from these new decision makers – with often bigger budgets. A distinguished panel of executives from the office of the chief information security officer (CISO) from leading organizations discuss these questions and more.