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Unsere Mission ist es, die Welt der Onlinesicherheit und Privatsphäre einfacher und für jeden zugänglich zu machen.

Unsere Geschichte

Auf meinen Reisen…

… habe ich regelmäßig öffentliches, ungesichertes WLAN genutzt und gemerkt, dass nicht jede Webseite in jedem Land zugänglich ist. Ich wusste bereits damals, dass ich mit einem VPN sicher online unterwegs sein und gleichzeitig auf Inhalte zugreifen kann, die ich für mein Studium in Großbritannien benötigte. Wieso? Weil ich mich für Technik und natürlich auch für meine Privatsphäre interessierte. Mir war schon damals klar, dass dieses Wissen nicht die Regel, sondern die Ausnahme war - und heute immer noch ist. Ziemlich unfair, wenn man bedenkt, dass 40% der Weltbevölkerung online ist und häufig nicht einmal weiß, dass das Internet einzig und allein wegen ihrem Standort oft nur eingeschränkt nutzbar ist.

Mein Freund Markus

… und ich haben uns dann zusammengesetzt, als ich von meinen Reisen zurück war. Ich hatte eine ziemlich gute Vorstellung davon, was ich in meinem Leben als nächstes machen wollte: das Problem anpacken und eine einfache Lösung für alle Menschen rund um den Globus zu bieten. Also hat sich Markus gleich an die Arbeit gemacht und damit angefangen, ZenMate zu entwickeln. Wir begannen mit der Kernverbindung zwischen deinem Gerät und dem Internet und bauten das, was du heute als ZenMate Core VPN kennst: Sicherheit, Privatsphäre und Zugang zu all deinen Lieblingsinhalten mit nur einem Klick.

Eine Idee wurde zur Vision

Das Internet ist schon längst nicht mehr nur für "Technik-Nerds" reserviert. Unsere Eltern sind online, vermutlich sogar die Großeltern. Gleichzeitig wächst die Bedrohung durch Internetkriminalität und dein traditionelles Anti-Viren-Programm reicht einfach nicht mehr aus. Die Gefahren im Internet und die Eingriffe in die Privatsphäre steigen stetig und reichen weit über den eigenen Computer, das Tablet oder Smartphone hinaus. Genau deshalb sollte jeder, der online ist, auch Zugang zu Internetsicherheit haben. Unsere Vision ist es, die Welt der Onlinesicherheit und Privatsphäre einfacher und für jeden zugänglich zu machen – selbst für meine Mutter.

- Simon Specka, Co-Founder

Deine ZenMates

Wir sind ein Team mit Mitarbeitern aus 20 Nationen und 4 ZenDogs, die alle jeden Tag mit Leidenschaft daran arbeiten, das Internet freier und sicherer zu machen. Unser Ziel ist es, clevere Produkte mit intuitiven Designs zu entwickeln, die es dir ermöglichen, sicher und anonym im Netz unterwegs zu sein – egal, wer Du bist und egal, wo Du bist. #EnjoySecurity





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dich im Netz
  • Markus

    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

    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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