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.

  • Victoria
    Head of People & Culture

    Victoria just joined the ZenMate team but is very familiar with the story behind. She was working at Project A, an operation VC, for the last 5 years and supported 35+ start-ups among us in various fields and in different stages. As an all-rounder in HR and with her passion for technical products, ZenMate is the perfect choice for her. Before entering the start-up scene, she studied economics (B.Sc.) and life-long learning (M.A) in Berlin and calls Berlin her home since 11 years.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monya
    Customer Support Agent

    Monya has a thing for languages and words and always has at least one book with her. She first came to ZenMate to translate and is now allrounding it in the support team, where she loves keeping our users zen. At uni in the cosy south of Germany she studied literature, English (and in an over-ambitious phase also some art history and cultural studies). The girl writes music reviews and plays in an indie rock band as well. Like we said: allrounding it.

  • Melissa
    Customer Support Agent

    Melissa is a creative, passionate and a bit crazy tiny girl from the other side of the ocean. Besides enjoying helping customers at ZenMate she also loves travelling and everything that relates to art (from writing, painting or drawing, to dancing, singing or sculpting). She has a thing for innovation and especially for technology, so when she had the chance, she happily joined this team. Jack of all trades would be a suitable phrase to describe her.

  • 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.

  • Gülşah
    SEM & Biddable Media Specialist

    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.

  • Anastasia
    Russian-Markets & Content Strategist

    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
    CRM & Content Specialist

    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.

  • 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
    Conversion Rate Specialist

    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.

  • Luiz
    Backend Engineer

    Previously living in Brasil, Luiz decided to try something new and moved to Berlin. Now he is using his Ruby skills to help the internet be a safer place with ZenMate. When he is not coding he can be found anywhere in Berlin enjoying the outdoors.

  • Menno
    Junior 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.

  • Ross
    DevOps Automation Engineer

    Ross was born in South Africa before moving to Australia on the other side of the Indian Ocean. There he studied and worked in IT before taking a short break from the world of computers to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Ross made the move to Berlin where he’s been working as a Systems Engineer focussing on automation, load balancing and HA systems. In his spare time he enjoys travelling and all things music related.

  • Wellington
    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.

  • 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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