Innovator Spotlight

    Every year, we invite a select group of startups to demo their technologies on stage at Privacy Identity Innovation as part of the Innovator Spotlight program. The following companies participated in the pii2014 Innovator Spotlight on the morning of November 12th. Congratulations to and Virtru for winning the pii2014 Innovator Spotlight Audience Choice Awards!



    • BeehiveID

      BeehiveID is a global identity validation service that enables trust by identifying bad actors online BEFORE they have a chance to commit fraud. This critical task is accomplished by applying our proprietary Social Authentication Technology™ to a user’s social network data. The results are provided in real-time. This technology has multiple applications across several multi-billion dollar industries including eCommerce, online dating and peer-to-peer transactions. BeehiveID is an online service verifying thousands of customers on over 800 websites in 22 countries.


      Based in Austin, Texas, BeehiveID graduated from the TechStars™ program in Seattle in 2013 and is currently a member of the Austin Technology Incubator, a part of the University of Texas at Austin. The founders have previous experience working on national biometric/biographic based identification programs for foreign governments in the Middle East and central Asia through the Department of Defense.


      WATCH VIDEO of Beehive ID’s pii2014 presentation.


      Co-founder and CEO: Mary Haskett

      Headquarters: Austin, TX


      Twitter: @BeehiveID


    • Glimpse

      Glimpse is the private (disappearing) photo messaging app just for groups. Glimpse was funded and built with help from PGP alums. Pre-registration for Android and iOS at


      WATCH VIDEO of Glimpse’s pii2014 presentation.


      Co-founder and CEO: Elissa Shevinsky

      Headquarters: New York & San Francisco


      Twitter: @WeNeedGlimpse

    • is a digital identity bank and network designed to empower consumers to control how their personal data is shared with third parties in order to efficiently complete high-risk transactions or to access exclusive benefits from retailers. The United States Department of Commerce selected as one of the top five digital identity products in America with the greatest potential to increase trust in online transactions. is capable of directly issuing trusted credentials to the highest remote authentication standards set by the federal government or brokering externally issued credentials across the network.


      WATCH VIDEO of’s pii2014 presentation.


      Co-founder and CEO: Blake Hall

      Headquarters: Tysons Corner, VA


      Twitter: @IDme


    • Kpass

      Kpass is an identity platform that provides brands, apps and developers with an easy-to-implement technology solution to help manage the notice and consent requirements for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) laws. Kpass acts as a single-sign-on digital ID for kids and their parents that promotes safe and transparent connections to their favorite digital experiences. Best of all, Kpass acts as an easy and consolidated place for parents to manage their kids information sharing online across apps, sites and devices.


      WATCH VIDEO of Kpass’ pii2014 presentation.


      Founder and CEO: Dan Nelson

      Headquarters: New York, NY


      Twitter: @KpassID

    • Meeco

      Meeco is a Life Management Platform that offers an all-in-one solution that enables you to transact online, collect you own personal data, and be more anonymous with greater control over your own privacy.


      Meeco is designed to help you become the most powerful source of information and provide insight to reveal your true value in the emerging MeEconomy. As data is fast becoming the currency of the connected world, using Meeco will help you build your data into a valuable asset that you own.


      WATCH VIDEO of Meeco’s pii2014 presentation.


      Founder and CEO: Katryna Dow

      Headquarters: Sydney, Australia


      Twitter: @meeco_me

    • TrustLayers

      TrustLayers is privacy intelligence for big data. As companies generate more value from big data, the natural tendency is to lock up data in order to avoid privacy risk. But it doesn’t have to be that way: TrustLayers enables confident use of personal data, keeping companies secure in the knowledge that the organization team is following the rules.


      With TrustLayers in place, companies can build new data-driven products and automate data usage guided by their most important policies. Using TrustLayers’ new privacy intelligence dashboard, organizations define data-use limitations independent of workflow and ever-changing data sources. This allows any organization to monitor data usage, identify violations, and demonstrate compliance.


      WATCH VIDEO of TrustLayers’ pii2014 presentation.


      Co-founder and CEO: Adam Towvim

      Headquarters: Cambridge, MA


      Twitter: @TrustLayers

    • Virtru

      Virtru is the first company to make email privacy accessible to everyone. With a single plug-in, Virtru empowers individuals and businesses to control who receives, reviews, and retains their digital information — wherever it travels, throughout its lifespan.


      The company has set a new standard for digital privacy based on the Trusted Data Format (TDF), created by Virtru Co-Founder Will Ackerly and used by the intelligence community to secure some of the nation’s most sensitive data. Virtru requires no special skills or knowledge, supports all popular email and file types, and can be used on a PC, Mac or mobile device.


      WATCH VIDEO of Virtru’s pii2014 presentation.


      Co-founder and CEO: John Ackerly

      Headquarters: Washington, D.C.


      Twitter: @VirtruPrivacy