AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield application addresses a market of over 1.6 billion Internet users, in need of secure browsing, privacy, and freedom online. Hotspot Shield secures all Internet communications and web browsing and protects each user’s privacy and identity online. Hotspot Shield secures all browsing making each page you visit as secure as your banking site (turning all HTTP traffic into HTTP(S)). Protecting users across many devices and all browsers, Hotspot Shield is the preferred and most trusted way to browse the web for millions of consumers. Channeling all web activities through a personal Virtual Private Network, Hotspot Shield creates a personal secure tunnel for each user and enables user online activities, sites visited, searches and personally identifiable information to always stay private. In regions that censor the web, Hotspot Shield acts as a secure gateway to the world’s information, disrupting censorship, and democratizing the web. Expats, travelers, and locals in countries with censorship, use Hotspot Shield to gain completely free and uncensored access to the world’s information. Hotspot Shield is rated as the world’s most popular solution for staying secure in public Wi-Fi hotspots. Hotspot Shield works on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. On mobile devices Hotspot Shield enables data compression, increasing the amount of data a user has under their mobile data plan and thus saving users money on mobile data. Hotspot Shield also protects users from over 3 million malware threats, phishing sites, and spam. Hotspot Shield is 100% FREE, without any limitations, when you use our advertising supported service, or you can upgrade to our paid Elite product, which has extra security and speed functionality and does not have ads.
AnchorFree is a venture funded private company located in Silicon Valley. Our engineers develop the most innovative technologies to enable users to stay secure & private online. Our sales team provides cutting edge solutions to advertisers and agencies. Our team, our advisors, and our investors bring together thought leadership that impacts millions of users all over the world.
We believe that everybody deserves to be secure, free & private online. Just like having a door and a lock at home, you should have protection when surfing the web, buying things online, communicating with friends or searching. At home or away, everybody’s online activities are their business and should be controlled by them, by users of the web, not by third parties.
Our advertisers work with us to reach smart, tech-savvy consumers through innovative solutions that give advertisers reach to an audience of decision makers with disposable incomes who choose to protect themselves online. Our advertising solutions enable solid engagement and reach on some of the most premium domains online, while keeping users in control of their online privacy.
The day when most users in the world will use Hotspot Shield; things like identity theft, credit card theft, snooping ISP’s, and online censorship will be eliminated forever. The AnchorFree Team is committed to making this happen.
David was 23 years old when he co-founded AnchorFree, with a belief that all users should be in control on the web. Passionate about enabling open communication, social business, and changing the world, David set on a mission to build a global movement to enable secure browsing, online privacy, and internet freedom for an addressable market of 1.6 billion Internet users. David has grown AnchorFree to a global player that impacts millions of users daily. David was named among the top CEO’s under 30 years old by Inc Magazine, CEOUnder30.com, FastCompany, Red Herring, and other publications. David also runs a blog on Forbes.com, where he shares his passions about technology, innovations, and new ideas. David has raised two venture rounds for AnchorFree and has grown the Company to profitability. David also served on the Technology Advisory Council to Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco. Prior to starting AnchorFree, David co-founded Intelligent Buying Inc., a profitable IT asset management firm. While still a student at San Jose State School of Business, David worked full time as a Business Strategy Analyst at Remedy Corporation. At AnchorFree David has authored 25 US patents..
Eugene runs AnchorFree’s global data center operations and works on new product innovations. Scaling AnchorFree’s infrastructure across continents, Eugene is passionate about enabling AnchorFree’s services to be available to every user on the planet. Eugene co-founded AnchorFree with a passion for Internet privacy and freedom. Eugene and David have been friends since they were 13 years old and at 21 co-founded their first company, Intelligent Buying Inc, together. Eugene has been an engineer since he was 15 years old. Eugene’s prior experience includes technical roles at SimilTrans, WebEver, and Data Management Systems. Eugene brings to AnchorFree years of experience in data networking, infrastructure scalability and a great passion for start-ups. Prior to starting AnchorFree, Eugene was a student at the University of San Francisco.
Peter brings several decades of business planning experience in the IT and financial service industries to AnchorFree. Before helping launch AnchorFree, Peter had previously held key management positions at Visa International, Remedy, and Continental Savings of America, and had been an independent consultant at numerous IT and financial Bay Area companies. In 1993, Peter also designed and developed as co-founder of Cardinal Technologies, one of the nation’s first major GIS systems for monitoring compliance with federal, savings and loan "fair lending" laws. Currently an adjunct faculty member at CSU East Bay, Peter received a PhD in geography from the University of Michigan in 1981.
Eugene brings to AnchorFree a proven record of developing patented and patent-pending solutions for innovative user-interface algorithms and data mining technologies. Prior to joining AnchorFree, Eugene developed patented technologies for his own company, ViewSpace Technologies. Prior to ViewSpace, Eugene was Chief Architect at Trident Microsystems and Chief Software Architect at SEI. He was also one of the first employees at Nvidia Corporation, where he filed its first patents and created the company’s first public demos. Eugene’s patented, 3D graphics accelerator algorithms have been incorporated in millions of products sold worldwide. Eugene came to the United States from Russia, where he had developed the country’s first silicon-on-sapphire integrated circuits. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and the Physics of Semiconductors.
Craig is a serial entrepreneur. Over his career, he has earned $985M in new investment for 16 projects (including two PE/VC funds) in seven different countries. Craig has led companies in London, Tokyo, Taipei, Maharashtra India, Northern California and Vancouver BC. Craig formerly served as the COO of Nextel International, CEO of Sirenic Inc., and the CEO of Varatouch acquired by Atrua. Most recently Craig served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Immersion Corporation.
Baglan has extensive experience in ad operations, process implementation and development of online strategies. Prior to joining Anchorfree, Baglan was the Head of Media at LSF Interactive where she has managed online strategies for a number of Gucci Group Companies; Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney along with Lancome Canada and Clarins. Baglan lead a number of Ad Operations groups for technology startups such as YouSendIt.com in Silicon Valley and Operative in New York, providing end -to -end solutions to manage the digital advertising business for top publishers such as iVillage and Economist.com. Baglan received her MS in Economics from Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir Turkey along with PSP and TSP degrees from Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Baglan is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
James, a serial entrepreneur and veteran of multiple startups, most recently directed marketing efforts at global payments solutions provider PlaySpan, acquired by VISA. Prior to that he co-founded application start-up Mobileplay, sold to Visto; and was director of sales and marketing at AvantGo, a pioneer in mobile content delivery which was acquired by Sybase. Before coming to Silicon Valley, James worked as a journalist covering entertainment and technology for such publications as the New York Times, GQ, Business 2.0 and The Industry Standard.
Russell Cleveland, CFA, is the Founder, President, and CEO of RENN Capital Group, Inc. ("RENN"), and RENN Global Entrepreneurs Fund, Inc. Russell has more than 45 years experience in the investment business, of which 34 years has been spent as a portfolio manager specializing in the investment of common stocks and convertibles of small private and publicly traded companies. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Mr. Cleveland has served as President of the Dallas Association of Investment Analysts and during the course of his career has served on numerous boards of directors of public and private companies. Mr. Cleveland currently serves on the Boards of Directors of RENN Global, RUSGIT, CaminoSoft Corp., Cover-All Technologies, Inc., Integrated Security Systems, Inc., and Access Plans, Inc.
Bert previously served as the CEO and Chairman of MCI and on the Board of Directors of numerous global companies such as News Corporation and Telefonica. Bert is a 30-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, and played a key role in transforming MCI Communications Corporation from a start-up long distance company to a $20 billion leader in global communications.
Esther is considered an expert globally on emerging digital technology, she serves on the boards of global media companies such as WPP and Yandex. Esther sold EDventure Holdings to CNET Networks in 2004, and is a member of the board for The Long Now Foundation, trustee for the Santa Fe Institute, the Advisory Board of the Stockholm Challenge Award and is a part-owner of the First Monday journal.
Greg Coleman has held executive positions within many of the world’s most influential technology companies. He was formerly the president and chief revenue officer at the Huffington Post and the EVP of global sales at Yahoo. He also served as President of Platform-A at AOL from February to April of 2009. Coleman was previously senior vice president of Reader’s Digest Association and president of U.S. Magazine Publishing. Previously, at CBS, Inc., he spent 10 years leading advertising efforts for Woman’s Day as vice president and national sales manager. Coleman holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Georgetown University and attended the M.B.A. program at New York University.
Doug Maine served as the Chief Financial Officer of IBM and before that as the Chief Financial Officer of MCI. At IBM he became founding general manager of IBM.com in 2000, and general manager of the consumer products industry division in 2003 and retired in 2005. He is currently a Limited Partner with the Wall Street firm of Brown Brothers Harriman and serves on the board of directors of three public and three private companies including software companies BroadSoft and Telarix.
Rick Roth is founder and CEO of Roth Partners, a brand consultancy and communications firm based in New York City. Prior to Roth Partners, Rick spent years with Ogilvy & Mather, from account executive to worldwide managing director, member of the worldwide board, president of Ogilvy Los Angeles and global CEO of Ogilvy Action. He sits on the boards of AnchorFree and Vertical Acuity and advises other early-stage digital and media firms. He serves on a number of industry advisory boards, is actively involved in community volunteer programs, and serves on the steering committees of the Ithaca College Business School and Park School of Communication. Rick is a longtime resident of New York and lives with his family in the town of Mamaroneck.
Kevin is a veteran technology company advisor, with more than 20 years experience assisting established and growth companies in fulfilling their strategic and financial objectives. He is currently VP of Corporate and Business Development at Barracuda Networks. Previously, he was a Managing Director in the technology, media and telecommunications investment banking divisions of Wachovia Securities and Credit Suisse.
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