With backgrounds in the U.S. Intelligence Community, our team understands the intricacies of hidden risk in today’s enterprise networks better than anyone.
More than 15 years of experience developing advanced software to support offensive and defensive cyber operations led Matt Wyckhouse to co-found Finite State in 2017 to focus on the unique challenges of cybersecurity in the IoT era. Matt spent most of his career at Battelle, the world’s largest private R&D company, where he was the technical founder and CTO of Battelle’s Cyber Innovations Business Unit. In this role, Matt oversaw dozens of intelligence and security programs supporting strategic global missions, many of which were focused on discovering vulnerabilities in IoT and other embedded devices. Through that experience, he saw how devastating IoT device attacks can be, which is especially concerning given the explosive growth of IoT. Matt has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.
Chris Ritchie brings 8+ years of professional experience both at a multinational Fortune 100 company and high growth startup. Prior to joining Finite State, Chris was a critical piece of one of Ohio’s fastest growing startups, Olive, a cognitive automation solution for healthcare. Chris served in various finance, operations and sales leadership roles during his tenure at Olive, helping them scale from 40 to over 160 employees. Most recently, Chris led the sales team achieving record team quarters and 300% YOY revenue growth. Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Miami University with a focus in Finance.
Andrew is a seasoned software engineering leader with expertise that spans the areas of Security, Big Data, Cloud, and DevOps. He spent over a decade working within the U.S. Defense Department where he bootstrapped and evolved game-changing SIGINT collection, analysis, and command-and-control platforms, successfully integrated them into the larger ecosystem, and coalesced teams around them. He subsequently joined Bridgewater Associates where he variously overhauled and bootstrapped initiatives focused on security analytics and controls orchestration while simultaneously fostering a DevOps culture centered on AWS technologies. Earlier positions provided him a diversity of experience across academia, industry, and government. He holds a BSE in Computer Science from Tufts University as well as an MSE in Computer Science and an MS in Security Informatics from the Johns Hopkins University. He is as happy shaping platform-level architecture decisions as he is getting his hands dirty writing code, but also appreciates time off for good behavior to swim, ski, and rock climb.
Max is an experienced product development leader focused on helping startups scale. He brings a dozen years of engineering leadership in finance, telecommunications, and security software. Prior to joining FiniteState, Max was employee number 2 at MineralSoft, a YCombinator-backed startup that was acquired by DrillingInfo in 2019. Before that, he served as interim CTO and Director of Engineering at AllClear ID, helping the technology team modernize and respond to data breaches for companies such as Anthem, Home Depot, and Michaels. You can regularly find Max at the libraries and pools of Columbus suburb Upper Arlington with his wife and daughters.
Mandy is an experienced marketer and executive leader who enjoys leading teams, building strategy, executing programs and helping to grow revenue in B2B software/IT environments. Immediately prior to joining Finite State, Mandy spent almost five years at Red Hat largely focused on IT management, automation, and security and helped bring new vulnerability management and security products to market. In her career, Mandy has worked in various B2B-focused technology companies in marketing and leadership roles, though she describes herself as a “product marketer at heart.” Mandy has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University.