About Us

Our mission is to simplify the world of online security and privacy, and make it accessible to everyone.

Our Story

While travelling the world...

...I was using free, unsecured public wifi, and struggling to connect to websites that weren't local. I already knew that by using a VPN, I could keep secure online and still access the content I needed for my studies back in the UK. This knowledge I had gained from having an interest in my online security and privacy, and I knew that this knowledge was, and still is, very exclusive. Which is unfair when 40% of the world is online and mostly unaware that the Internet is restricted simply because of where you are.

My friend Markus

...and I decided to get together once I was back from my travels. I had returned with a good idea of what I wanted to do next in my life, which was to take this problem and provide an easy solution to people all over the globe. So, Markus got straight to work and started developing ZenMate. We started off with the core connection between your device and the Internet and built what you now know as Core VPN: security, privacy, and unrestricted access - just with the click of a button.

One idea became a vision.

The Internet is no longer only for the 'tech savvy.' Our parents are online, probably your grandparents too. At the same time, cyber-crime is growing quickly, and your traditional anti-virus is no longer enough. Online security threats and invasions of privacy are reaching beyond your computer to your mobile, your tablet, and anywhere else where you have a connection. With this, access to security should be available to everyone who's online too. Our vision is to simplify the world of online security and privacy, and make it accessible to everyone - including my Mother.

- Simon Specka, Co-Founder

Your ZenMates

We are a team of passionate humans and 4 ZenDogs, coming from 20 different countries. We aim to deliver clever products with intuitive design, to allow you to enjoy a secure and private experience on the Internet - regardless of who you are, or where you are in the world.

#EnjoySecurity

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  • Markus
    Co-Founder

    Markus has well more than a decade of coding experience – some even say he could code before he could walk. Over the years he has worked for some really big cloud & technology companies and many startups. Markus is a Full-Stack Developer; able to oversee and manage every part of ZenMate's technological strategy. He is passionate about online security and privacy, loves lean & agile development and great product design.

  • Simon
    Co-Founder

    Simon loves Internet startups and business development. As a global citizen and frequent traveler he experienced the annoyance of restricted Internet first hand. Simon is passionate about great User Experience and likes to think "outside the box" to develop new solutions for unsolved problems. With a broad background in International Business and Innovation Management as well as a liking for technology he is able to develop and execute all business related aspects of the startup.

  • Jörn
    Managing Director & CTO

    Jörn has been part of the Berlin startup scene for nearly twenty years and saw the rise and dawn of the new economy. Since then, he has led teams and departments in various startups and more “grown up” companies. His goal is to improve the communication between the development and other departments, while delivering high quality and innovative products. At ZenMate, he seeks to create a strong team that helps the company to protect the privacy of their users.

  • Runa
    HR Generalist & Team Assistant

    Runa is our multitasking talent. With a background in Communication Management and working experience within HR she makes sure that office management processes go well and that everybody is happy. As the companys „Feel Good Manager“ Runa takes care of peoples needs, helps onboarding new colleagues and realizes great team events. Cheers! Besides she covers the managing directors back by taking care of their schedules (which sometimes turns out to be the biggest challenge).

  • Daniel
    Data Scientist

    Having studied mathematics and thus being naturally familiar with numbers, Daniel found a pleasant home in ZenMate's business intelligence squad. He enjoys being able to contribute and support ZenMate, while helping to make their services widely available. As a counterbalance to working in a tech-focused company, Daniel loves to tinker around with whatever comes along - primarily bikes and boats.

  • Florian
    Senior Data Scientist

    After a long and diverse journey through Linguistics, Computer Science, Psychology and Neuroscience, Florian is delighted to apply his statistical and programming skills at ZenMate. Working as a data engineer/scientist for the sake of protecting people's privacy is a challenging oxymoron that combines the things he loves doing the most with a cause that he identifies with. His free time is dedicated to Meditation, Ultimate Frisbee, playing the Trumpet, Chess, Starcraft, and a healthy diet.

  • Ronak
    Digital Marketing Engineer

    Ronak is an expert at consuming things most people would deem inedible. When he's not spending his free time lurking over pizza, Star Wars, pool, Rick & Morty, and Pokemon, Ronak likes to hide from the sun and crib about the summer. At ZenMate he's responsible for the company's CRM strategy to make sure everything's going smoothly and is a firm believer in experimenting with new ideas, concepts, and angles to see what works where.

  • Natasha
    Delivery Manager

    Natasha is from Goa, a place where people still take long siestas in the afternoon, and she didn't exactly fit in there. Then she met some Germans - who were as organized as she was, while still managing to have loads of fun - and she said "these are my people" and moved to Berlin. Natasha had been a ZenMate user right from when the Chrome extension first came out, due to her love of media content and savvy about the interwebs. So when ZenMate needed someone to help them organize things better, it seemed like fate! And you don't turn your back on fate...

  • Menno
    Backend Engineer

    Born and raised in a small village in the Netherlands Menno has been studying software development for the last 4 years and developing a great interest in agile development. After 21 years of living in his hometown he decided it was time for a drastic change and traded his small town life for big city dreams working at various Berlin based start-ups. In his free time you can find him riding his bike, digging through vinyl crates, or simply at home stretched on the couch. Making up his minor lack of graphical design skills with his problem solving skills, critical thinking and willingness to learn Menno is on his way to becoming a valuable member of the ZenMate Team.

  • Phil
    Senior Javascript Engineer

    Phil wrote his first program in BASIC when he was studying in Elementary school. Since then he wrote software in PASCAL, C#, Java, C++, Python, Swift and JavaScript. Phil enjoys solving programming challenges and participating in hackathons (and win them). But just writing programs is not his only passion. Phil have taught more than 100 students to write apps in JavaScript and he continues to share his knowledge. In his free time he enjoys watching series, sleeping and traveling.

  • Dmitri
    Senior Javascript Engineer

    Dmitri is a long-time passionate open-source developer. Before joining ZenMate, he also worked as lead Javascript Engineer on different commercial projects in Kyiv, Ukraine. His work focuses on user interaction as well as developing applications using node.js backends. He is a strong advocate of modern universal Javascript and creator of http://esnextb.in.

  • Elias
    Marketing Frontend Developer

    Elias loves new technologies and the web in all of it’s glory. He started his computer science journey in 2007 and went through all kind of different areas. He finally ended up in Berlin where he studied International media and computing. If he does not stick to his Mac, he loves to make music and enjoys the amazing culture inside the vibrant city of Berlin.

  • Wellington
    Senior DevOps Automation Engineer

    Having followed the digital evolution since child and also thanks to Wellington’s curiosity made him to take the machines as work for life. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and having acted in multiple roles since graduation gave him the direction of his passion. At ZenMate Wellington could find much of his own beliefs and culture. His hobbies are linked to music, cult movies, cooking, good reading and DIY.

  • Sadegh
    Client Development Working Student

    Starting Computer Programming with QBasic at the age of 13 and the numerous adventures along with it, have given direction to Sadegh's professional life. As a creative programmer, he coded for some of major industrial projects such as Energy and Banking in a teamwork atmosphere. He has been designing, developing and maintaining codes on almost every platform. As a member of ZenMate, he is a Client Developer. Besides working, he studies MBA.

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