Brian NeSmith Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Status
  • Active
  • Professionals
  • 1
  • Investments
  • 11
  • Portfolio
  • 2
  • Exits
  • 9

Brian NeSmith General Information


Mr. Brian NeSmith is a Co-Founder and serves as President & Chief Executive Officer at Arctic Wolf Networks. He brings more than 30 years of experience. He is a Board Member at Boundary. In 1999, he joined then privately-held CacheFlow as President and CEO. He took the company public in November 1999 and operated as it's Chief Executive for over 12 years helping lead the company through its major transition from caching to Web Security and its name change to Blue Coat Systems. In 1995, he joined Ipsilon Networks as it's CEO. The Ipsilon platform was a powerful firewall appliance and he led the company through the acquisition by Nokia where the appliance became a platform leader for Checkpoint firewalls. He served as general manager of the Nokia firewall appliance division. In 1987, he joined Newbridge Networks and worked in multiple roles as a product marketing manager and product manager for network management solutions. In 1993, he started a business unit focused on Local Area Networking, VIVID, and served as the unit's first general manager. Under his direction, VIVID developed and executed Newbridge's product strategy for Layer 3 Switched Routing products. Throughout his career, he has been a prominent figure in the IT industry, regularly speaking at industry events including Networld Interop, Supercomm, InternetWorld and Technologic Partners' Network Outlook. He has also written for publications such as Network World, Data Communications and InternetWeek. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding a Bachelors Degree in electrical engineering. Mr. also NeSmith serves as Member of Advisory Board at Sonae IM.

Contact Information

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States

Brian NeSmith Investments (11)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Beeline Bikes 08-Jul-2015 Early Stage VC 00.000 Application Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
0000 000 30-Jul-2014 0000 00000 000 Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Out of Business 00000 0000000
00000000000 07-Jul-2013 0000 00000 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
00 00000000 12-Nov-2012 0000 00000 00000 Other Information Technology Startup 00000 0000000
0000000 19-Apr-2012 00000 00000 000.00 Multimedia and Design Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
0000000000000 13-Feb-2012 00000 00000 00.00 Internet Software Profitable 00000 0000000
0000 17-Aug-2011 000000 00.00 Human Capital Services Out of Business 00000 0000000
000000 00000000 27-Jan-2011 00000 00000 0000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
Gridpoint Systems 26-Jul-2007 Early Stage VC 000 Other Communications and Networking Out of Business 00000 0000000
AvaLAN Wireless 04-Apr-2004 Seed Round 00000 Wireless Communications Equipment Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
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Brian NeSmith Exits (9)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
AvaLAN Wireless 19-Apr-2021 Merger/Acquisition
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0000 0000 0000 13-Oct-2020 000 00 00000000
0000000 00000 11-Oct-2019 000000000000000000
0000 000 03-Aug-2017 000 00 00000000
000000000 0000000 01-Sep-2015 000 00 00000000
0000000000000 01-Jan-2013 000000000000000000
Nicira Networks 24-Aug-2012 Merger/Acquisition 00.00
UpMo Bankruptcy: Liquidation
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Brian NeSmith Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Brian NeSmith Angel Investor 00 San Francisco, CA
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