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About Us

AnchorFree enables millions of users with free privacy and security online. Our Hotspot Shield Elite application secures all online transactions; such as shopping and browsing the web, enabling all your online web activities to go through a Virtual Private Network. This creates a personal secure tunnel for each user and enables user online activities (such as searches & websites visited & personally identifiable information) to always stay private. Hotspot Shield is 100% FREE and is sponsored by advertisers. Our media platform enables brands to communicate with our tech savvy affluent audience through video and display advertising on hundreds of millions of domains. We enable contextual targeting for advertisers, while keeping user identity 100% private, even from ourselves.

Our mission is to drive universal online privacy and security for every user globally.

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.
 
 
 

Management

 

Advisory Board

 
David Gorodyansky / CEO and Co-Founder
David leads the execution of all business operations at AnchorFree. Previously, David founded Intelligent Buying Inc., a profitable asset management company and reseller of IT enterprise networking equipment. Prior to that, David launched a B2B Web service in the field of Competitive Intelligence, which in turn, gave rise to the spin-off of a large network of IT Service Management portals. David's earlier work experience has included several years of wireless research, planning, and enterprise strategy at Remedy Corporation, Fulcrum Management, and work with analyst companies such as Gartner Group, IDC, and Meta Group. David is a member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and an advisor on the Technology Expert Council to Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of San Francisco.
 
Eugene Malobrodsky / CTO and Co-Founder
Eugene heads up AnchorFree's technical operations and strategic planning units. Eugene's prior experience includes management positions at SimilTrans, WebEver, and Data Management Systems. Eugene was instrumental in acquiring the initial investment for Intelligent Buying Inc., where he led the company from a small hardware distributor in 2002 to a company with worldwide operations and an international presence by 2004. Eugene brings to AnchorFree years of experience in data networking and subscription based start-up development.Eugene heads up AnchorFree's technical operations and strategic planning units. Eugene's prior experience includes management positions at SimilTrans, WebEver, and Data Management Systems. Eugene was instrumental in acquiring the initial investment for Intelligent Buying Inc., where he led the company from a small hardware distributor in 2002 to a company with worldwide operations and an international presence by 2004. Eugene brings to AnchorFree years of experience in data networking and subscription based start-up development.
 
Andrew Zeiger / Chief Revenue Officer
Andrew brings 20 years of experience to his position as CRO for AnchorFree. In this role he is responsible for worldwide and marketing. Andrew has a strong foundation in traditional and interactive marketing through experience at organizations from Bates Advertising, FCB/True North, Ziff Davis Publishing, CNET Networks and SourceForge Inc. Shortly after moving his career online in 1996 he joined CNET Networks. As Regional VP of Ad Sales he helped to more than double revenue and bring the company to profitability within one year, his team accounting for more than 60% of the organizations revenue. Andrew joins us from SourceForge Inc. where in his first year he developed an advertising sales, and support organization, again doubling revenue and helped bring the company to its first ever profitability. Andrew holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and advertising from American University.
 
Dr. Peter Hoag / EVP Finance and Administration
Peter brings 20 years of strategic business planning in the IT and financial service industries to AnchorFree. In addition to part-time teaching in Human Development at California State University, East Bay, Peter has held strategic planning positions at Visa International and Continental Savings of America and as an independent consultant with Lockheed Martin and Cotelligent International. Peter also co-foundered Cardinal Techniques, a compliance software firm, that was later acquired by Concentrix. Peter received his MA in geography from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1974, and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Michigan in 1981.
 
Dr. Eugene Lapidous / Chief Architect
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.
 
 
Bert Roberts / Strategic Advisor
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. Bert previously served as the CEO and Chairman of MCI and as a board member of News Corporation.
 
Esther Dyson / Innovation Advisor
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.
 
Rick Roth / Marketing and Communications Advisor
Andrew brings 20 years of experience to his position as CRO for AnchorFree. In this role he is responsible for worldwide and marketing. Andrew has a strong foundation in traditional and interactive marketing through experience at organizations from Bates Advertising, FCB/True North, Ziff Davis Publishing, CNET Networks and SourceForge Inc. Shortly after moving his career online in 1996 he joined CNET Networks. As Regional VP of Ad Sales he helped to more than double revenue and bring the company to profitability within one year, his team accounting for more than 60% of the organizations revenue. Andrew joins us from SourceForge Inc. where in his first year he developed an advertising sales, and support organization, again doubling revenue and helped bring the company to its first ever profitability. Andrew holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and advertising from American University.
 
Greg Coleman / Advertiser Solutions
Greg is the President of AOL Platform A. Previously Greg has completed his seven-year career at Yahoo! where he served as Executive VP of Global Sales. He was responsible for all advertising revenues worldwide, which grew from $600MM to more than $6B during his tenure. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Coleman served as President of Readerís Digest magazine publishing.
 
Craig Vachon / Corporate Development Advisor
Craig formerly served as the COO of Nextel International, CEO of Sirenic Inc., and the CEO of Varatouch acquired by Atrua.
 
Gary Oliver / Operations Advisor
Gary is currently the CEO of Blazent, which he joined from Peregrine Systems, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Infrastructure Management Business Unit, responsible for Peregrine's application solutions.
 
Alan Weiner / Financial Advisorr
Alan is a founding partner and the CEO of Secure Trading Group, a financial services company.