Maria Cirino is cofounder and managing director of .406 Ventures, a venture capital firm supporting early-stage technology companies.
Regarded as a leader in the industry, Cirino is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. She sits on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Software Internet Council and on the board of governors for the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New England.
Prior to cofounding .406 Ventures—named for Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams’s 1941 record-setting batting average—Cirino was a senior vice president of VeriSign following its 2005 acquisition of Guardent, the managed security services provider she’d cofounded and led as CEO. Before Guardent, Cirino was senior vice president for sales and marketing at Razorfish, an IT services company that acquired her previous company, i-Cube, in 1999. From 1993 to 1997, she served as a member of the executive team at Shiva Corporation (now Intel Corporation). Cirino also has held sales and marketing roles at Lotus Development Corporation and Software City, Inc.
In addition to her investment activities at .406, Cirino manages brand building and deal flow strategy. She has served on the boards of a number of .406 portfolio companies, including Bit9, Digitalsmiths, Kaltura, Memento, Mineral Tree, and Veracode. In February 2012, Cirino was named the seventh most powerful woman in the Boston technology scene by the Boston Globe. She also has been honored as one of the top 25 women in information security by Information Security magazine and one of the area’s top “40 under 40” technology executives by the Boston Business Journal. She was inducted by Women’s Business magazine into the Women’s Business Hall of Fame.
Cirino graduated from Mount Holyoke with a major in English. She has served as a trustee and currently serves as a member of the College’s investment committee.