We build applications that fuel open and free communication throughout the world with over 650 million installs in over 200 countries.
David Gorodyansky CEO & Co-Founder
Eugene Malobrodsky EVP & Co-Founder
Jason Loia President and GM of Consumer Products
Dr. Eugene Lapidous Chief Architect
Michael Geer Chief Strategy Officer
Ivaylo Lenkov VP of Engineering
Alok Pandey VP of Finance and Corporate Development
AnchorFree wants to make a difference in a big way. Our team's ownership of the mission is essential to our success. Click below to see our open positions to join our team and do what is right and take an active stance against internet censorship.
CEO and Co-Founder of AnchorFree Inc., David has been profiled among America's Most Promising CEO's by Forbes, selected by Inc magazine among the top 30 CEO's Under 30 years old, profiled by Fortune, nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.
David built AnchorFree into a global leader in consumer privacy, security, and Internet Freedom with more than 650 million users downloading AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield app globally. During some of the world’s largest privacy violations, security breaches, and global events where information was censored, AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield application enabled citizens of the world to stay secure, private, and free. David and the AnchorFree Team are committed to delivering global impact and basic human rights for the next billion Internet users. AnchorFree has been selected by Forbes among America's Most Promising Companies and among the Most Important Security Start-ups by Business Insider. David raised $358 million in four venture financing rounds for AnchorFree.
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.
Jason is a veteran of the gaming industry where he held several C-Level positions at mobile and social gaming companies. Jason brings over 15 years of experience in product development as well as overseeing monetization and growth. Previous to AnchorFree, he was the COO at an Artificial Intelligence company which focused on optimizing business processes through the use of ML. Jason served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and holds an MSEE from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard.
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.
Michael wanted to be an astronaut when he was growing up. He even went to Georgia Tech university for aerospace engineering. He will one day achieve that goal. In the meantime, he has learned the consumer internet industry from the ground up while helping build badoo.com in Moscow and then set up the London office, constructing Badoo piece by piece scaling from 0 to 70 million users. He continued on to lead several more large global tech projects and mentors many startups globally. He now ensures that all the talented teams at AnchorFree work effectively to achieve the company’s mission of providing a secure uncensored internet to a billion people. MG believes the internet's ability to distribute knowledge and real power can drastically improve people's lives and works every day to make this happen.
Alok was previously a Vice President at Vector Capital, a $4 Billion technology focused Private Equity firm based in San Francisco. Prior to his time at Vector Capital, Alok spent several years at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) where he focused on growth equity and private equity investments in the software and technology enabled services space. Previously, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s TMT Investment Banking Division, focused on a variety of transactions in the technology space including public equity offerings, debt financings, leveraged buyouts and strategic M&A assignments. Alok graduated from the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.A. in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School. Alok is an avid Bay Area sports fan, passionate international traveler and enjoys playing tennis, basketball and exploring ethic cuisine in the Bay Area.
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.
Sameer Gandhi joined Accel in 2008 and focuses on consumer, software and services companies.
He led Accel's early investments in Bonobos (acquired by Walmart), CrowdStrike, Diapers.com (acquired by Amazon), DJI, Dropbox (DBX), Dropcam (acquired by Google), Grovo, Jet (acquired by Walmart), Plex, Raise, Rylo, Spotify (SPOT), Venmo (acquired by Braintree/PayPal), World View, and Yapstone.
Sameer works closely with Accel’s India team, and is involved in investments such as Flipkart (acquired by Walmart), BookMyShow, and Freshworks – some of India’s most prominent technology companies today.
Prior to Accel, Sameer was a partner at Sequoia and led investments in companies like Barracuda Networks, Dropbox (initial seed), Gracenote, Trulia, and Sourcefire.
Sameer graduated from MIT and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jeffrey Katzenberg currently serves as Partner of WndrCo, a well-capitalized start-up that will serve as an incubator for major New Media and technology initiatives.
Katzenberg has been a leader of American media for more than 40 years.
In 1994, along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, he co-founded DreamWorks SKG, which has produced a number of celebrated films, including three Best Picture Academy Award® winners – American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. In 2004, DreamWorks Animation became a publicly-traded company, with Katzenberg serving as Chief Executive Officer and Director.
Under Katzenberg’s leadership, DreamWorks Animation became the largest animation studio in the world, releasing 32 animated feature films, which have enjoyed both critical and commercial successes, earning sixteen Academy Award® nominations and two wins for Best Animated Feature. In addition to critical success, DreamWorks Animation has been recognized on five occasions as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine. In 2013, it became one of the first Hollywood studios to make a major investment in emerging digital media with the acquisition of AwesomenessTV, which is now one of the top networks on YouTube. In August, 2016, DreamWorks Animation SKG was sold to Comcast for a sale price of $3.8 billion.
Prior to co-founding DreamWorks, Katzenberg served as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. During his tenure, the studio produced such landmark animated films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast – the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® – as well as live action hits including Good Morning, Vietnam; Three Men and a Baby; Dead Poets Society; Pretty Woman; Father of the Bride and Sister Act. Katzenberg previously served as President of Paramount Studios, where he was involved in now-classic films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Best Picture Academy Award® winners Ordinary People and Terms of Endearment.
In 2013, Katzenberg was awarded the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes.
Together with his wife Marilyn, Katzenberg provides support and leads fundraising efforts on behalf of dozens of local, national and international organizations focused on healthcare, education, the arts, Jewish causes, children, civic improvement and the environment. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, Katzenberg sits on the Boards or serves as a Trustee of the following organizations: AIDS Project Los Angeles, American Museum of the Moving Image, California Institute of the Arts, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Geffen Playhouse, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and The Simon Wiesenthal Center. He also supports the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Boston University. Together with DreamWorks Animation, Katzenberg founded the DreamWorks Animation Academy of Inner-City Arts in 2008.
Sujay Jaswa is a cofounder and Managing Partner of WndrCo, a technology and new media holding company. Previously, he was the Business Founder, Vice President of Business, and Chief Financial Officer of Dropbox, where he created and led the combined global business and global finance organizations. Sujay is also a Lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, a Trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and on the Board of Global Health Corps. Sujay has a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.