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Michael Cortez

Venture Partner

“Our shared goal is to support founders who are building solutions that help secure our world. It’s a privilege to contribute to that mission.”

Michael brings extensive expertise leading new investments and propelling early-stage cybersecurity startups to market leadership. Prior to Forgepoint, Michael spent five years at YL Ventures as a Partner on the firm’s Investment Team where he led new investments, oversaw U.S. team operations, and supported portfolio companies with financial analysis, executive recruiting, fundraising, and strategic and tactical go-to-market activities. Michael played a pivotal role in driving the growth and success of YL Ventures and its portfolio companies. In addition to serving on the boards of several startups, he led the growth and development of the firm’s robust network of enterprise customers and partners- industry leaders whose insights brought tremendous strategic and commercial value.  

Prior to YL Ventures, Michael worked in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division with public and private clients across a broad range of transactions including M&A, IPOs, and equity and debt financing. Michael was previously an early employee of Home Junction, Inc. (acquired by ATTOM Data Solutions), where he gained firsthand experience with the intricacies and challenges of building an early-stage startup. 

Michael holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fordham University.  

Outside of the office, Michael loves fishing, learning new songs on the guitar, and cooking for his family and friends.