Security for a Mobile World

Appthority’s mission is to identify, expose, and eliminate mobile risk to the enterprise. We keep security teams informed, employees productive and enterprise data private and secure.

About Appthority

Appthority was founded to make enterprises more secure as the world becomes more mobile.

Appthority is a pioneer in enterprise mobile security and the leader in the Mobile Threat Defense category. The company’s comprehensive Mobile Threat Protection (MTP) solution helps customers keep their data private and secure from mobile device, app and network threats.

More Fortune 1000 companies trust Appthority to secure their enterprises from mobile threats because Appthority delivers best-in-class mobile threat protection and unparalleled enterprise visibility and control of mobile risks. With Appthority, security teams are informed, employees are productive and enterprise data is kept private and secure.

Appthority Milestones

Appthority Milestones



Paul Stich | CEO

Paul Stich



Paul’s career has been focused on building innovative, high-growth companies within the technology sector in general, and cyber security in particular. He was the CEO of two successful Internet security companies; Counterpane, which was acquired by British Telecom in 2006, and Dasient, which was acquired by Twitter in 2012.

Prior to founding his first company in 1999, Paul was a Vice President at IBM, responsible for consulting and services in their Telecommunications, Media, Entertainment and Utilities industries for the Americas. He was also with KPMG for 12 years as a Partner in charge of their National Telecommunications practice.

He speaks at many industry and technology conferences including CTIA, Fortune, Gartner, InfoSec, RSA, and Supercomm.


Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Graduate School of Business.  He is a member of the Saint Mary’s College Board of Regents.


Domingo Guerra | Co-Founder & President

Domingo Guerra

Co-Founder & President


Domingo Guerra, Appthority’s president, cofounded the company in 2011 to help the enterprise solve new security challenges in an increasingly mobile world. He is part of Appthority’s Enterprise Mobile Threat Team, where he specializes in identifying mobile app risks and behavior trends, and advising the enterprise of the business risk associated with data breaches, losses and leakage tied to today’s dynamic workforce.

Domingo has been cited as an expert on enterprise mobile security risks including app and device threats, permissions, malware, hacking, and many other cybersecurity topics in key media outlets such as CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes, SC Magazine, TechRepublic, The Guardian, and more.

Domingo has been a featured speaker at numerous security and mobility conferences, including B-Sides, MacWorld, IT Expo, AppsWorld, Cyber Security Industry Group, AirWatch Connect, and MobileIron’s Mobile First Conference. He has also appeared on CBS, CNBC, NBC, and Fox News as a trusted source on topics pertaining to mobile app risk management and data security.

Domingo currently hold six patents for various technologies, including four specific to Appthority’s mobile app security. His Appthority patents, which he shares with his co-founders, cover:

  • Quantifying the risks of applications for mobile devices
  • In-line filtering of insecure or unwanted mobile device software components or communications
  • Off-device anti-malware protection for mobile devices
    • Techniques for off-device anti-malware protection for mobile devices are disclosed.
  • Application malware filtering for advertising networks
    • Techniques for providing systems and processes for detecting malicious ad content distributed by advertising networks and automatic determination of ad content is association with a malicious app.

He holds a BS from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


Domingo holds a BS from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


Kevin Watkins | Co-Founder / Data Science

Kevin Watkins

Co-Founder / Data Science


Kevin Watkins most recently served as a Research Architect at McAfee Labs. His research focus has been on automation of content to regulatory frameworks, VoIP content compliance (to which he works with working groups to define VoIP security standards), and designing research tools for mobile malware. At McAfee he was considered the mobile expert and is often called upon for analysis, media interviews, and to speak at industry conferences.

Kevin has served in the security industry for over ten years and designed security software used by many Fortune 100 companies and government agencies. In his free time, you can find him snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, mountain biking in the Presidio and Marin headlands, or wondering why San Francisco summers are so cold.


Robbie Forkish | Engineering

Robbie Forkish



Robbie is an accomplished, market-savvy product development executive with a track record delivering award-winning products. As VP Engineering he is responsible for all development functions at Appthority, including software engineering and DevOps.

Robbie is a veteran of the security and networking industries, having previously been VP Engineering at Vernier and SVP Engineering at RedSeal Networks. He has also held executive roles at Aria Systems, Sentient Networks, and Hatteras Networks. Prior to that he was a co-founder and CTO of Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.) which grew to over 1,000 employees and became the industry leader in multi-service networking.


Michael Grant | Product

Michael Grant



As a senior product and marketing executive, Michael brings over twenty-five years of technology industry leadership experience to Appthority. Over the last decade, Michael has focused on building and successfully exiting several cloud infrastructure and B2B software businesses including Cloudscaling, Redmojo, and Ejasent.

Earlier in his career, Michael held senior product, marketing, and business management roles at various companies including Documentum, Relevance Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Macromedia, and Apple.

As an active advisor and investor, Michael has made numerous strategic contributions to a variety of early stage companies, founding entrepreneurs, and venture investment funds.


Michael holds a B.A. in Business & Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Jill Richards | Marketing

Jill Richards



Jill Richards is an award-winning marketer with a proven track record of success growing dynamic technology startups.  She has focused her career on creating strategic, marketing and sales advantages for internet, big data and mobile companies.

Most recently, Jill served as Chief Marketing Officer at Stitch Labs, a leader in multi-channel commerce data, where she headed marketing and launched the communications, demand generation and product marketing functions. Prior to Stitch Labs, Jill was Chief Marketing Officer at Terracotta, an in-memory big data innovator, where she led global communications, product, partner and field marketing.

Jill also founded boutique strategy and marketing consultancy Gray Wolf Partners where she advised start-ups as well as enterprise clients including SAP, Wells Fargo, eBay, and Cisco. And, she served as Vice President of Marketing at Visto Corporation (now Good Powered by BlackBerry) and directed member acquisition and product marketing at Netscape Communications and America Online.


Jill holds a BA in International Relations from Pomona College and an MBA from The Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.


John Chester | Sales

John Chester



John is a 20-year software veteran focused on revenue generation, channel strategy and sales excellence for Appthority.  Before joining Appthority John spent 5-years at MobileIron and was an integral part of the leadership team that grew the customer base from 100 to 10,000 customers leading to an IPO in June of 2014. Before that, John was an early member of the Opsware sales team – culminating in an $1.6B acquisition by HP. Earlier in his career, John held very successful sales roles at Egenera, Veritas, and CA Technologies.


John holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida State University.

Board of Directors


Ray Rothrock | Partner, Venrock

Ray Rothrock

Partner, Venrock


As a venture capitalist for more than two decades, Ray has assisted entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams and produced outstanding financial returns for his limited partners. He has personally discovered, created and guided more than 50 companies in the Venrock portfolio through their early stages of formation and emerging growth. Beginning his professional career as a nuclear engineer he continues his love for “building,” especially companies.

Presently Ray is chair of the National Venture Capital Association for the 2012-2013 term and he was ranked #49 on the 2012 Forbes’ Midas List .

Ray’s areas of investment expertise and interests span the globe, and include energy, information technology infrastructure and cyber security. He led Venrock’s Internet investment strategy beginning in 1992 and in 2004, initiated the firm’s energy investment strategy. Ray’s successful investments include Check Point Software Technology (NASDAQ: CHKP), the world leader in Internet security where he continues on its Board of Directors; DoubleClick (NASDAQ: DCLK) subsequently acquired; Spyglass (NASDAQ: SPYG), subsequently acquired; Digex, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIGX) subsequently acquired; USInternetwork (NASDAQ: USIN), subsequently acquired; FogDog Sport (NASDAQ: FOGD), subsequently acquired; and scores of others, including Vontu, PGP, Pedestal, and Whole Security, which were all acquired by Symantec, and P-Cube, Qpass, Upgrade Corp., and Nanogram Devices. His most recent success is Imperva (NYSE: IMPV), the most successful tech IPO of 2011. His track record in cyber security is second to none.

An avid spokesman for the venture industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Ray also is active in educational and community causes. He currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department and the Board of Woodside Priory School. He previously served as Trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation and chaired the investment committee of its $1 billion endowment. In 2010-2011, Ray was an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, where he taught several economics classes and lectured on energy. He also is a trustee of TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, the leading theatre company in the Silicon Valley, and is a patron of the arts in general.


Ray earned his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, an S.M. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.


Steve Krausz | General Partner, USVP

Steve Krausz

General Partner, USVP


Steve has led the firm’s investments in Accelerated Networks (IPO), Applied Digital Access (IPO), Centerview Software (acquired by Sybase), CipherTrust (acquired by Secure Computing), Elantec (IPO), Guidewire (IPO), Imperva (IPO), MicroLinear (IPO), Occam Networks (Public), (acquired by Cox Target Media), Sierra Monolithics (acquired by Semtech), Trusteer (acquired by IBM), Verity (IPO), Vontu (acquired by Symantec) and Xylan (IPO). Steve has co-led USVP’s investments in Check Point Software (IPO), Harmonic Lightwaves (IPO), Epic Design (IPO), NetDynamics (acquired by SUN), New Focus (IPO) and Stratacom (IPO). He managed the firm’s investments in and serves on the boards of Appthority, Blekko, Box, Electric Cloud, Exablox, Kaiam, Karmasphere, Quixey, ReadyForce, Smartling, Xirrus, and ZEFR. Change means innovation—it also means disruption of status quo. Steve is drawn to areas of disequilibrium, where the possibility exists of technology solving an old problem in a new way, or redefining the way people work and live. “We shouldn’t ever think we know what’s next. The only thing we can anticipate is the unexpected.” 

Steve enjoys the role of coach and mentor to CEOs and finds it rewarding when he can help them consider new solutions or gain a broadened perspective on the market environment. 

“Markets define themselves on the basis of business or consumers that have a need, and are most often evolutionary, not revolutionary,” he notes. “The consumerization and globalization of technology are especially interesting now. The evolution from an enterprise model to one that is consumer-facing, is big.” 

The father of two, Steve is the former executive board member and Treasurer of the National Venture Capital Association. Steve also serves on the board of the WAVC, the World Affairs Council, the Stanford GSB Trust and DAPER. An avid skier, Steve enjoys travel with his family. When time permits, his reading interests include world history, especially the Middle East and Asia. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.


Sean Cunningham | Managing Director | Trident Capital Cybersecurity

Sean Cunningham

Managing Director | Trident Capital Cybersecurity

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