Eric McAlpine has spent over 20 years in the Technology industry as a trusted strategic advisor, investor, entrepreneur, and engineer. He is the Founder & Managing Partner of Momentum Partners, the industry's first dedicated strategic advisory firm exclusively focused on Cybersecurity. Prior to founding Momentum Partners, Eric was a Managing Director with Blackstone and co-founded Blackstone’s Silicon Valley advisory office leading their Cybersecurity, Mobile, & Internet advisory practices globally.
Momentum's mission is to be the premier trusted advisor for Cybersecurity CEOs, founders, boards, and investors providing bespoke high-impact advice combined with unique senior-level access. Eric advises a global client base of leading public and emerging private Cybersecurity companies. He is also an active and sought out speaker on the Cybersecurity strategic landscape. Eric has prolific domestic and cross-border transaction experience to include Mergers & Acquisitions and all forms of Private and Public Equity & Debt raising. In 2010, Eric was recognized by Steve Schwarzman with the CEO Star Award and featured along with his deal work in Blackstone’s 25th anniversary Annual Report for extraordinary contributions to the firm.
Prior to Blackstone, Eric was a Vice President with Citi and a senior member of the Enterprise Software Investment Banking team leading their sector coverage in Security. Before his career on Wall Street, Eric served as a Captain in the US Air Force where he was honored as the ‘Military Engineer of the Year’ in 2000 for his contributions to the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) Program, the largest defense program in history.
Eric earned an MBA with Distinction from Northwestern where he was a 2-year Fetzer Scholarship recipient. He also earned a BS Civil Engineering from Purdue University on a full-tuition Air Force ROTC Scholarship and an MS Engineering Management from the University of Dayton where he was a Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute Scholar.
Eric lives in San Francisco with his wife Cora, daughter Coralie, and their dog Ginger. When he’s not advising entrepreneurs, CEOs, or the Boards, Eric enjoys golf, all things food and wine, spending time with his family, and is an avid world traveller.