Allied Minds’ Optio Labs announces new hire

Optio Labs, which is backed by Boston-based investment firm Allied Minds, has named Shawn Kircher as vice president of productization. Previously, Kircher worked at ForceX where he served as senior vice president of development and chief technology officer. Optio Labs is a provider of transformational mobile and cyber security technologies.


BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Optio Labs, a developer of transformational mobile and cyber security technologies, hired Shawn Kircher as Vice President of Productization to develop the next generation of software products that enhance mobile security for commercial enterprises, embedded systems manufacturers and the U.S. Federal government.
Kircher brings nearly 20 years of experience in software technology engineering and product development for a variety of industries. Prior to joining Optio Labs, Kircher was Senior Vice President of Development and Chief Technology Officer for ForceX Inc., where his expertise in driving software product strategy and process development was instrumental in its growth from a start-up operation supporting a single software application to a $30 million dollar business with 25 software applications and more than 100 employees.
“Shawn is an agile and dynamic leader with the vision needed to respond to the continually evolving and expanding mobile market,” said Matt Hartley, General Manager of Optio Labs. “Our research team has created an exciting pipeline of new product ideas and Shawn will be critical in helping Optio Labs deliver the solutions needed for security in cyber and mobile environments to support our next phase of major growth.”
“Optio Labs has developed compelling intellectual property and a unique approach that offers unprecedented security on Android smartphones and tablets. Mobile is poised to revolutionize business and I’m excited to use my experience to help Optio Labs deliver products that set a new standard for security solutions in the mobile marketplace,” said Kircher.
Optio Labs is a subsidiary of Allied Minds, a private investment firm based in Boston that forms and funds start-ups based on early-stage technologies developed at renowned U.S. universities and federal research institutions. For more information about Optio Labs, visit
About Optio Labs
Optio Labs creates, optimizes and productizes transformational security and productivity technologies for the mobile enterprise and embedded systems. More information can be found at
About Allied Minds
Allied Minds is a U.S. investment firm that deploys private equity to form, fund, manage and build start-ups based on early-stage technologies developed at renowned U.S. universities and federal research institutions. Allied Minds serves as a diversified holding company that supports its businesses with capital, management and shared services and is the premier investment firm to utilize this novel and fully integrated approach to technology commercialization. For more information, visit