At this year's Oktane19, Okta announced the launch of its new $50m investment fund, Okta Ventures (opens in new tab) which will help solve challenges across the modern technology landscape with an emphasis on identity, security and privacy.
The company's new fund will focus on investing in businesses that are building innovative solutions using emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain. Okta Ventures will seek out startups which share its vision of enabling organizations to use any technology.
In addition to investing in these companies financially, the fund will provide them with access to Okta's software, SDK and API design partnerships as well as co-marketing opportunities.
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Okta Ventures will emphasize modern identity architecture design and adoption with its portfolio companies who will also make contributions to the Okta ecosystem which will help bolster the value of the Okta Integration Network.
Blockchain-based digital identity company, Trusted Key is a perfect example of the kind of company Okta Ventures is looking for which is why Okta also announced its first investment in the firm at Oktane19.
COO and Co-Founder of Okta, Frederic Kerrest explained how Okta Ventures will help extend its platform, further, saying:
“Okta’s vision is to enable any organization to use any technology, and with Okta Ventures, we’ll invest in the growing ecosystem of startups focused on tackling issues like identity, security, and privacy in innovative ways. Not only will our partnerships with the companies we invest in extend our platform, but we will also provide significant value to companies solving hard problems across the technology landscape. And we will fund and support organizations that work in ways that are consistent with Okta’s values. Trusted Key is a perfect example of one of those companies, and we look forward to collaborating to continue to shape the future of identity.”
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