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, CEO and 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.

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  • Markus
    Co-Founder & Managing Director

    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 & Managing Director

    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.

  • William
    Head of Legal & Finance

    William is an all-round talent with a photographic memory for numbers. He's now managing our legal issues and the preliminary accounting, after building up customer support within ZenMate. With an academic background in Business Law and dedicating himself to internet business as well as being multi-lingual and with sound technical knowledge, William is taking care of the company's finances in an operational sense and is also supporting the team with daily operations.

  • Janine
    Head of HR

    Berlin insights from a true Berliner - this is Janine - one of this rare unicorns within the berlin startup world. After gaining lots of insights into the HR world in different startups but also corporate, she is now running the people department here at ZenMate. As a real bike enthusiast, you will probably always see her on 2 wheels on the street, whether there is snow or rain.

  • Runa
    Office Manager & 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
    Intern Data Engineering

    After a long and diverse journey through Linguistics, Computer Science, Psychology and Neuroscience, Florian is delighted to apply his statistical and programming skills as an intern 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.

  • Katia
    Head of Customer Support

    Katia leads ZenMate's Customer Support and is doing a great job in keeping our users happy by answering all incoming questions with wit and expertise. She previously worked as an assistance for a museum's director and a curator, as support for tv-show guests and as a general support at film sets. Helping and supporting was therefore her job since around 7 years and at ZenMate Katia combines this experience with her passion for technology.

  • Maia
    Customer Support Agent

    Maia works with customer support at ZenMate. When she isn’t taking care of our loving and caring customers, in Spanish, Swedish, English and in rare occasions Mesmes, she is studying Philosophy. Mainly Political Philosophy and AI. So she spends a lot of time thinking about whether machines can think or not (can they think or not?) and if the programmers at ZenMate program or not (can they program or not?).

  • Emma
    Customer Support Agent

    Emma travelled all the way from Sweden, she climbed mountains, swam the ocean, and ran the autobahn just to be able to be here to support ZenMate's users. The list of her experience and qualifications were to long to fit in this tiny space, but her most outstanding quality is her modesty. When she's not translating tech language into human language, finds the cure for aids, or feeds starving children she's mostly out fist fighting polar bears, she's Swedish after all.

  • Anna
    Customer Support Agent

    Anna hails from New Zealand. After realising there was more to see in the world than a few tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean, she settled in Berlin. Anna studied fashion design, and through a series of fortunate events, found herself in the tech start up scene in New Zealand. She now helps to keep ZenMate customers happy. In her spare time she attempts the art of meditation and enjoys using her hands to craft all the things.

  • Christian
    Online Marketing Manager

    Christian, a fortunate “Wendekind”, immediately understood the beauty of freedom and so checked out life abroad, before finding his interim peace of mind in the German “Hauptstadt”. Falling in love with Music and Skateboarding in his teenage years, he traveled across Europe, seeking out the perfect “spot”. With his economics background and experiences from work at major German groups to young online advertising startups, he now brings his entrepreneurial spirit to the marketing team, always exploring new business opportunities.

  • Chrisu
    Online Marketing Manager

    Chrisu is focusing on conversion optimization at ZenMate. He is making sure that the right KPIs are tracked and improved. Every country in combination with every channel needs a special treatment. From those actions steps the future strategies will develop. He loves to grow in a smart way. Before Chrisu joined ZenMate he was focusing on paid marketing & SEO in the online travel industry.

  • Ronak
    Online Marketing Manager

    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.

  • Dinarte
    Digital Marketing Engineer

    Dinarte spent last 3 years studying Media Interaction Design in Portugal, but always had the passion for Entrepreneurship, Marketing and wanting to change the world. In order to follow his passion he moved to Berlin. Where he discover the amazing tool ZenMate and the opportunity of being part of this team. Now he is finally following his passion in Marketing and also helping change the world of privacy.

  • Luisa
    Country Manager DE

    Luisa has been travelling ever since she came to this world. Apart from adventures in Matagalpa, Coimbra, Leipzig and New York her newest adventure led her to ZenMate. Here she can not only communicate in multiple languages but also profits from her expierences as fair-fairy, professors-brain, latin-flower and movie-cheetah. When not sitting on her ZenMate desk Luisa knits everything that can be knitted or she eats the tomatoes of her balcony.

  • Gülşah
    Country Manager TR

    Gülşah comes from Turkey and works with marketing team to give a hand one who searches for internet security out there . She has two passions; water and fire. Therefore she loves scuba diving and spinning fire poi. When she is not in ZenMate, somewhere deep in the sea, or playing with fire you can find her on her bike while cycling around Berlin.

  • Jisu
    Country Manager KR

    Jisu was made and raised in South Korea. After her several marketing jobs at global companies, she gladly joined ZenMate to help Koreans enjoy the freedom of safe internet they deserve. When she is not working on numbers and text, she can be easily spotted somewhere in Berlin, either eating a piece of crispy bread or lying in the park holding a book.

  • Lucie
    Country Manager UK

    After completing her degree in History and Politics, Lucie spent six months camping and hitchhiking across Europe before finding her home here in Berlin. Originally from Scotland, she is responsible for helping the marketing team make ZenMate successful in the UK. When she’s not in the ZenMate office you can find her cycling, hanging out in Berlin bars and trying to get to grips with the complex German language.

  • Anastasia
    Country Manager RU

    Half Lithuanian half Russian, Anastasia was born and raised in the northernmost 1 million+ city in the world. Joined ZenMate in Europe’s startup capital after 3 years of bavarian dolce vita. Being a cosmopolitan enjoys a multicultural nature of Berlin and ZenMate itself. Except conquering the Russian market, she’s fighting her fear-of-heights in a boulderclub, running a blog and cooking Russian pancakes.

  • Marcus
    Country Manager US

    Aside from learning the ways of Online Marketing at ZenMate, at the moment Marcus is writing his Bachelor Thesis at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Born in Canada and raised in Poland/United States, by the age of 24 he already lived in five countries. In his free time he enjoys going to the gym, reading Stephen King novels, traveling or playing video games with his friends.

  • Wyatt
    Country Manager US

    At the young age of 20, Wyatt has traveled the world, lived in three countries, worked six jobs, and found happiness here at ZenMate. Born in Texas but raised in South Carolina, he has taken pride in being a dedicated US country manager, responsible for “all-things-US” for the Online Marketing team. When he isn’t busy brainstorming about the US, you can usually find him doing yoga in parks, booking his next flight to anywhere, or simply reading a good book.

  • Chris
    VP of Product Operations

    Coming from New Zealand, Chris is making Berlin his home, a long way from the Land of the Long White Cloud. With a technical background in internet and internet security, plus product experience in some of Berlin's hot startups, Chris has joined ZenMate to be a part of the hottest startup protecting everyone from the internet baddies.

  • 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...

  • Diana
    Product Manager

    Diana was born in Russia but feels Catalan. A dream brought her to Berlin to take care of wonderful ZenMate products. When out ouf office, Diana is most probably somewhere in Catalonia watching castellers, dancing sardanes and cooking pa amb tomàquet. Although she studied Economy, there is a lot more than just Capital by Karl Marx on her night table. Diana likes animals and people and communicates with them in several languages: English, German, Catalan, Spanish and, occasionally, Russian.

  • Marjeta
    Product Manager

    Marjeta started her career as an architect and urban designer. She spent some time making conceptual designs for fancy buildings in China until she got introduced to an early stage startup and discovered her new passion in online technologies. After having helped two finance startups successfully launch and operate she decided it was time to dig into something new. She is now part of online security forces at ZenMate, pushing ahead projects that make internet a safer place.

  • Gorka
    QA Tester

    Once upon a time, Gorka crossed the ocean, emulating his Basque ancestors, to put his feet in Canada. Making a living as a QA in the videogames industry, he discovered his natural skills to provide and improve quality. Not satisfied with the experience and searching for new challenges, he ended up in the capital of fun Berlin, at ZenMate, where he lives happily ever after. Old-School rocker, Gorka enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his dogs.

  • Jörn
    VP of Engineering

    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.

  • Mohammed Chan
    Sr. DevOps Engineer

    Mohammed started to learn how to code in BASIC ten years ago, on his electronic dictionary. In university, he taught himself how to set up almost all types of VPN services and sell to online gamers. After he got his bachelor degree of arts, he became a full time DevOps Engineer, which means a developer dealing with oops situations every day. Compared with GUI, he prefers CLI and enjoys taking full control of the servers as root.

  • Gonzalo
    Sr. DevOps Engineer

    Traveling all the way from Buenos Aires to Auckland and now Berlin, Gonzalo is self though geek with a passion for technology, games, and tackling challenges. After work you can find him trying new beers, going to the movies, or finding an excuse to learning something new.

  • Jonatan
    Senior Backend Engineer

    Jonatan loves to transform software systems into useful tools. Always eager to learn new ways to perfect the craft while always being haunted by the reality to deliver fast. After getting his diploma he worked as a full stack rails developer and finally found his home in the backend technologies, building a solid foundation for a demanding and growing customer base.

  • Nils
    Backend Wizard

    Nils worked in startup as well as corporate environments and has a developing background reaching from designing & programming hardware projects all the way to Android system & app development. Today he's deeply caring about making sure that our fundamental systems are running flawless and perfectly - whatever needs to be done.

  • Anita
    Backend Engineer

    This Finance and Accounting degree holder likes to explore new things and new places. This led Anita to study Business Administration in France, work both in corporate and startup environments, move to Berlin and find her true calling in programming. Since her happy career change, she likes to work on the backend part of the systems and simply make things work smoothly. Besides this, Anita likes visiting her friends across the world, fresh air and lazy Sunday mornings.

  • 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.

  • Rosa
    ZenDog

    Rosa is an expert in finding things - especially if you can eat them. She is characterized by her single-mindedness, liveliness and friendliness. If she sets her mind in something, she then tries to reach her goal by any means. Rosa is undoubtedly a team player and can each put a smile on any face. In our ZenMate-pack she feels completely comfortable.

  • Gojira
    ZenDog

    Gojira was born in the south of Spain, but she decided to move to the dog friendliest city in Europe, Berlin. Now she spends her days at ZenMate, a place where she feels loved and protected. She can lie down in any corner she likes and everybody caresses her with affection. ZenDog Rosa takes all the attention though, but she loves her anyways. Very calm and gentle, Gojira brings the Zen to ZenMate.

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