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Strike Graph co-founders Justin Beals and Brian Bero. (Strike Graph Photo)

Seattle startup Strike Graph raised a $3.9 million seed round led by Madrona Venture Group.

The company, founded less than a year ago and spun out of Madrona Venture Labs, helps companies prepare for the cybersecurity certification process.

Most B2B organizations need to pass cybersecurity audits to ensure their service meets security and privacy standards. Strike Graph says its customers can earn a SOC 2 Type 1 certification in 45 days and save $50,000 in consultant fees thanks to automation and customization features.

The 5-person startup is led by CEO Justin Beals, a veteran of NextStep, Koru, Roundbox Global, and other startups, along with Brian Bero, who previously co-founded Seattle tech stalwart Apptio and recently sold security startup Greytwist to SmartRIA.

The idea for Strike Graph came about after Beals struggled with the SOC 2 process as the CTO

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Beverly Anderson. (Expedia Group Photo)

— Expedia Group appointed Equifax President of Global Consumer Solutions Beverly Anderson as its newest board member.

Prior to Equifax, Anderson was executive vice president of cards and retails services at Wells Fargo. She also held executive roles at American Express and Fleet Credit Card Services.

Maria Karaivanova. (Madrona Photo)

— Maria Karaivanova departed Madrona Venture Group, where she was a principal, to join Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence spinout WhyLabs as a co-founder and COO.

The Seattle startup came out of stealth mode last week and announced a $4 million investment round, which included participation from Madrona. Karaivanova helped lead Madrona’s investment.

— Seattle biotech startup Silverback Therapeutics promoted Valerie Odegard to president and Naomi Hunder to chief medical officer. 

Odegard joined the company in 2016 as chief scientific officer. She was previously vice president of research at Juno Therapeutics, which was acquired by

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