Our Team

Experienced Leadership

With a combination of backgrounds in the U.S. Intelligence Community and previous startup scaling experience, our team has the unique perspective to be able to understand the intricacies of hidden risk in connected devices and provide a scalable solution.

Matt Wyckhouse

Founder and CEO

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

COO

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.

Ricky Arora

EVP of Product

Ricky is a Product leader with a track record of building & launching successful products. He brings 16+ years of experience to Finite State both at start-ups and Fortune 500 tech corporations. Most Recently, Ricky was VP of Products at Synack, a leading Crowdsourced Security platform where he was responsible for launching industry-leading products. Before Synack, Ricky was Head of Products for Oracle Identity management business supporting thousands of enterprise customers and hundreds of millions in yearly revenue. Prior to Oracle, Ricky held leadership roles at Sentient (acquired by Cognizant Tech) and AlertEnterprise, where he was part of the founding team and scaled the company from 3 to 150+ employees and 300% yearly revenue growth. Ricky also played an instrumental role as an early employee at Virsa Systems, and its acquisition by SAP.