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It’s fair to say that 2019 was a big year for us at Guardsquare, and with the year coming to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back at what we’ve accomplished in the spirit of continuous improvement and looking ahead to the future.Battery Ventures Funding
In late January 2019, Guardsquare announced a $29 million investment from Battery Ventures. This represented the company’s first round of institutional financing. As part of the transaction, Battery General Partner Dharmesh Thakker and Battery Principal Paul Morrissey joined Guardsquare’s board. Guardsquare is leveraging the partnership with Battery to more aggressively invest in R&D, customer-success initiatives, and sales and marketing efforts.
“We are extremely happy to welcome Battery as a shareholder,” Jürgen Ingels, a Guardsquare board member and early investor in the company stated. “This enables us to put a turbo on further growth. It is also a great endorsement of the Belgian tech scene.”
We were excited (and humbled!) to have been recently named Ernst & Young Belgium’s ‘Scale-up van het Jaar’ 2019 (Scale-Up of the Year) and Belgian Venture Association (BVA)’s ‘Growth company of the year’ 2019 for our mobile app security solutions for Android and iOS.
This year, Guardsquare was nominated once more to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, a competition for tech companies founded and headquartered in Belgium. Winner of Deloitte's 2018 Technology Fast 50, Guardsquare also took home Deloitte’s Rising Star award in 2016, and was a top 10 finisher for the 2019 Technology Fast 50.
We’ve always been incredibly proud that our innovative solutions including ProGuard, DexGuard and iXGuard are protecting billions of mobile apps and hundreds of customers, and we’re grateful to add recognition from organizations like EY, BVA, and Deloitte to our list of accolades.
In August, we opened a new office in the U.S., specifically in Boston, MA. Helmed by our then-recently hired CRO John Vigeant, the Boston office is also home to new VP of Marketing Erica Sheehan and members of our global sales and marketing teams. Nestled near the busy South Station bus and train terminal in the heart of Boston, this office has served as a landing pad for these key team members.
Throughout 2019, we have continued to upgrade ProGuard, DexGuard, and iXGuard to bring even more security features and improvements to our customers. Most recently, we have released the following: DexGuard update, iXGuard update, and ProGuard update. In 2020, we look forward to continuing to improve these offerings, as well as adding some exciting new enhancements to our suite.
To help our customers ensure they have a full range of mobile app security solutions at their fingertips, Guardsquare has expanded our ecosystem to include additional partnerships with organizations such as Zimperium, whom we are partnering with to offer the most complete mobile application hardening and threat defense on the market. The partnership will bring even stronger levels of mobile app protection to both current users and new customers. We are excited to continue to expand our partnership program in 2020.
We have big plans for Guardsquare in 2020, and look forward to serving our customers and bringing mobile application performance and security to even more apps in the new year. Thanks for reading, and for following along on our journey!