Lucas Nelson


Lucas is a Principal at Evolution Equity Partners where he works in the New York office helping founders navigate both the US and European cybersecurity markets. He focuses on cybersecurity, crypto currencies, and enterprise application technologies and brings over a decade of investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience to his role.

Lucas is a proud geek; a hacker turned VC. He brings a unique mix of technical depth and business knowledge to bear when Evolution works with a company and is excited by companies that are trying to use technology to make a dent in the universe. Lucas co-authored The Art of Software Security Testing and chaired DefCon – the largest hacking convention in the US – for 10 years. He has been a member of the NY tech community since 1999. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU teaching the class “Entrepreneurship for Hackers”, and is a mentor at Singularity University.

Lucas received a B.S. in computer science from Purdue University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Lucas is a is a Kauffman Fellow and sits on the NJ EDC Venture Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of Health Assessment Labs, an organization whose goal to advance the state-of-the-art tools for monitoring health care services and health outcomes from the patient / consumer point of view. Lucas is also world ranked pinball player and still manages to code once in a while.


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