Alexander Harstrick is a Managing Director at J2 Ventures. Alex began his career as a healthcare consultant at Booz & Co. in Chicago and was later recruited to help build the internal strategy group and eventually the enterprise venture investing arm at Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. While at BCBS, Alexander enlisted and earned his commission in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence Officer. While in training, Alexander was recruited for an intelligence role in a special operations joint task force, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon his return, he joined the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit, where he leads joint command funding and venture efforts in the DOD as well as serving as a Principal in the DOD’s National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC); positions he continues as a reservist. Alex also held roles working for the leadership of KKR and strategic finance efforts for the U.S. Air Force under AFWERX. Alexander holds a B.A. from Columbia University in the city of New York and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Collectively, the Shift5 team includes leading cybersecurity experts, accomplished analysts and developers, military and government backgrounds, authors, pattern-makers, and more. There’s a lot that makes us unique, but together, we’re united around the shared vision of solving the most pressing cybersecurity issues for trains, planes, and tanks and like to have fun doing it.