Check out our latest Innovation Coffee Break with Jason Miles of VFS Innovation Ventures here

Mr. Lyons is currently a Partner and co-founder with the Ratio Academy, a developer of online and corporate entrepreneurship and tech company management programs delivered worldwide. He also serves as Chairman, and co-founder, of CypherPath, a converged infrastructure virtualization company. He was former Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Shadow Networks, Inc. a cyber security company acquired by Alcalvio in 2016. He has co-founded numerous other companies including Ratio, a venture studio startup incubator. He founded SafeView, Inc. as initial CEO in 2002, a Government Laboratory (PNNL) spinout, to address aspects of the anti-terrorist physical security market; he then recruited a top-flight management team; the Company closed A and B rounds totaling more than $23M led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, ePlanet Ventures, GE/Invision, Paladin  Capital Group, and Novak Biddle. He served as Chairman until its sale to L3 Communications in March 2006. This technology is now the security standard in airports worldwide.

He is also a Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. From 2008 to 2011, he also served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and as a Venture Partner for ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners (Fund closed out in 2003), an early stage venture capital partnership focused on seed and first round investments in IT and bio-technology companies, principally located in Silicon Valley. He also serves as a Director of Real-Time Innovations (www.rti.com), a privately held software company focused on advanced real-time integration of complex systems and a major thought leader in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Concurrently, Mr. Lyons is an Adjunct Professor at the Stanford University Departments of Management Science and Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program with Prof. Tom Byers and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation. He also co-teaches with Prof. Ray Levitt, Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Both of these courses are some of the highest rated courses in the School of Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship two-week program for existing high-tech companies produced and managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). He has co-produced and delivered numerous other SCPD and STVP programs. 

Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, did Ph.D research in Aero/Astro at Stanford (abd) and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.

Back to Program

Mr. Lyons is currently a Partner and co-founder with the Ratio Academy, a developer of online and corporate entrepreneurship and tech company management programs delivered worldwide. He also serves as Chairman, and co-founder, of CypherPath, a converged infrastructure virtualization company. He was former Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Shadow Networks, Inc. a cyber security company acquired by Alcalvio in 2016. He has co-founded numerous other companies including Ratio, a venture studio startup incubator. He founded SafeView, Inc. as initial CEO in 2002, a Government Laboratory (PNNL) spinout, to address aspects of the anti-terrorist physical security market; he then recruited a top-flight management team; the Company closed A and B rounds totaling more than $23M led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, ePlanet Ventures, GE/Invision, Paladin  Capital Group, and Novak Biddle. He served as Chairman until its sale to L3 Communications in March 2006. This technology is now the security standard in airports worldwide.

He is also a Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. From 2008 to 2011, he also served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and as a Venture Partner for ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners (Fund closed out in 2003), an early stage venture capital partnership focused on seed and first round investments in IT and bio-technology companies, principally located in Silicon Valley. He also serves as a Director of Real-Time Innovations (www.rti.com), a privately held software company focused on advanced real-time integration of complex systems and a major thought leader in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Concurrently, Mr. Lyons is an Adjunct Professor at the Stanford University Departments of Management Science and Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program with Prof. Tom Byers and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation. He also co-teaches with Prof. Ray Levitt, Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Both of these courses are some of the highest rated courses in the School of Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship two-week program for existing high-tech companies produced and managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). He has co-produced and delivered numerous other SCPD and STVP programs. 

Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, did Ph.D research in Aero/Astro at Stanford (abd) and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.

Back to Program