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. We’re excited to have the following companies participate in the pii2014 Innovator Spotlight on the morning of November 12th:
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.
Co-founder and CEO: Mary Haskett
Headquarters: Austin, TX
Five is a mobile chat app crafted around the experience of a house party. With Five, you can browse thousands of rooms and have conversations about any topic. As some may recall, the Internet in the 1990s was a place for just that experience. Chatrooms and forums felt like a boundless frontier where you could meet anyone, to talk about anything. Today, that feeling is all but forgotten—the Internet has become a series of lonely feeds and private messages. Five is a new place that feels alive and open.
The company is co-founded by CEO Nikita Bier and CTO Erik Hazzard and they are backed by Esther Dyson, the KF Enterprise Fund, and TechStars.
Co-founder and CEO: Nikita Bier
Headquarters: Berkeley, CA
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 http://weneedglimpse.com.
Co-founder and CEO: Elissa Shevinsky
Headquarters: New York & San Francisco
Humin is a phone and contacts app designed to think about people the way you naturally do. Contacts are the core of your social experience on mobile, and yet it’s the one thing that hasn’t changed since the earliest flip phones. All of your contacts are still stored in one giant alphabetical list. But now, with Humin, your phone app remembers the context of your relationships and lets you search them the way you think.
Co-founder and CEO: Ankur Jain
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
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.
Founder and CEO: Dan Nelson
Headquarters: New York, NY
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.
Founder and CEO: Katryna Dow
Headquarters: Sydney, Australia
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.”
Co-founder and CEO: Adam Towvim
Headquarters: Cambridge, MA
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.
Co-founder and CEO: John Ackerly
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.