T.J. Rylander is a Partner at Palo Alto-based next47, the venture capital arm of the Siemens corporation. T.J. focuses on investments in connected devices and industrial solutions, in particular security, data management, and analytics platforms.
Before Winter Partners, T.J. spent 10 years at In-Q-Tel, the not-for-profit, strategic venture firm that identifies, adapts, and delivers innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the Central Intelligence Agency and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community. T.J. was Co-Head of IQT's Information & Communications Technology practice and his investments concentrated on enterprise software, especially data management, analytics, and security. He also led investments in stereoscopic display, robotics, and software-defined radio technologies.
Before joining In-Q-Tel, T.J. worked with The Boston Consulting Group's San Francisco office, where he led strategic consulting engagements for Fortune 500 software, banking, and automotive clients. Prior professional experience also includes several roles at Enron, specifically renewable energy mergers and acquisitions, international energy project finance, and telecommunications business development.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
T.J. received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as a BS in finance from the University of Virginia.
A member of Kauffman Fellows Class 12, T.J. served his fellowship at In-Q-Tel, working with mentor Steve Bowsher.