We are makers
Having built and sold companies in the space, we know by experience: proper packet visibility is the first and foremost requirement for the best network security products.
Actively backed and advised by Arché Assets International, Sunny Valley Networks is a young and talented team of entrepreneurs and engineers with a mission to contribute towards tomorrow’s best network security products.
Murat Balaban is the founder and CEO of Sunny Valley Networks. Being a veteran in the industry, he spent over 15 years in building large scale commercial and open source products which are enjoyed by thousands of people around the globe.
Sunny Valley Networks being the fourth in the line, he previously co-founded three cyber security startups. He was the co-founder of Vizyon Arge Teknoloji, a high tech incubator which gave birth to two successful startups; Surgate Labs and Inseptra Systems.
Surgate Labs, which got acquired by Comodo Group, had been providing E-mail security solutions to large enterprises. Inseptra Systems, who attracted substantial investor interest with a Series A valuation of 18M USD had been providing enterprises with tools to visualize, optimize and secure their networks.
Being an active member of open source community, Murat is one of the founders of EnderUNIX Software Development Team which in the time was the most active and productive open source community in Turkey. EnderUNIX promoted the use of FreeBSD Operating System and was famous for its open source software projects. EnderUNIX was a real school for geeks, and many open source gurus and activists have graduated from this school. Murat personally created and contributed to many open source tools and papers within EnderUNIX.
Murat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Dr. Rainer Zimmermann
Dr. Rainer Zimmermann is Sunny Valley Network’s founding investor, and chairman of the board. He brings more than 25 years wealth of experience in building, scaling and funding multi-national companies. He is a member of elite group of high tech founders in Europe.
Dr. Zimmermann is one of the founders of world-renowned LHS AG company which was delivering billing and administration software solutions for telecommunications companies. The company went from 3 to 1500 employees, in just 7 years, having operations in Asia, Europe and USA. Company went public on NASDAQ and “Neuer Markt” in Germany, achieving a market valuation over a billion dollar.
He later moved on as an investor in Internet Software and Telecommunications. He repeated his successes with his investments on 360T and ETH AG, reaching valuations over several hundred million dollars.
Dr. Zimmermann’s investments are financed by an investment company he is personally involved in. The focus is in the field of computer software, Internet and Telecommunications. He prefers to invest in companies with an extremely sound technical background and in need for management and technical support besides financial help.
Dr. Zimmermann has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bochum, Germany.
Mahendra is the founder of Secure Octane, a Silicon Valley based cyber security seed fund. He has invested in leading security startups in security automation, deception networks and cyber risk / insurance.
Mahendra is the organizer of Bay Area Security Startups, a monthly meetup with 750+ members.
He blogs regularly about security business trends in CSOOnline, TechCrunch, MIT Technology Review and Huffington Post. He is the author of two leading books on venture capital and startups – “The Business of Venture Capital” (Wiley Finance, 2014) and “Startup Boards” (Wiley, 2014) co-authored with noted investor Brad Feld.
His educational background includes a B.Eng (Electronics) and MBA (Finance and Marketing) from University of Pune, India.