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Unsere Mission ist es, die Welt der Onlinesicherheit und Privatsphäre einfacher und für jeden zugänglich zu machen.

Unsere Geschichte

Auf meinen Reisen…

… habe ich regelmäßig öffentliches, ungesichertes WLAN genutzt und gemerkt, dass nicht jede Webseite in jedem Land zugänglich ist. Ich wusste bereits damals, dass ich mit einem VPN sicher online unterwegs sein und gleichzeitig auf Inhalte zugreifen kann, die ich für mein Studium in Großbritannien benötigte. Wieso? Weil ich mich für Technik und natürlich auch für meine Privatsphäre interessierte. Mir war schon damals klar, dass dieses Wissen nicht die Regel, sondern die Ausnahme war - und heute immer noch ist. Ziemlich unfair, wenn man bedenkt, dass 40% der Weltbevölkerung online ist und häufig nicht einmal weiß, dass das Internet einzig und allein wegen ihrem Standort oft nur eingeschränkt nutzbar ist.

Mein Freund Markus

… und ich haben uns dann zusammengesetzt, als ich von meinen Reisen zurück war. Ich hatte eine ziemlich gute Vorstellung davon, was ich in meinem Leben als nächstes machen wollte: das Problem anpacken und eine einfache Lösung für alle Menschen rund um den Globus zu bieten. Also hat sich Markus gleich an die Arbeit gemacht und damit angefangen, ZenMate zu entwickeln. Wir begannen mit der Kernverbindung zwischen deinem Gerät und dem Internet und bauten das, was du heute als ZenMate Core VPN kennst: Sicherheit, Privatsphäre und Zugang zu all deinen Lieblingsinhalten mit nur einem Klick.

Eine Idee wurde zur Vision

Das Internet ist schon längst nicht mehr nur für "Technik-Nerds" reserviert. Unsere Eltern sind online, vermutlich sogar die Großeltern. Gleichzeitig wächst die Bedrohung durch Internetkriminalität und dein traditionelles Anti-Viren-Programm reicht einfach nicht mehr aus. Die Gefahren im Internet und die Eingriffe in die Privatsphäre steigen stetig und reichen weit über den eigenen Computer, das Tablet oder Smartphone hinaus. Genau deshalb sollte jeder, der online ist, auch Zugang zu Internetsicherheit haben. Unsere Vision ist es, die Welt der Onlinesicherheit und Privatsphäre einfacher und für jeden zugänglich zu machen – selbst für meine Mutter.

- Simon Specka, CEO und Co-Founder

Deine ZenMates

Wir sind ein Team mit Mitarbeitern aus 20 Nationen und 4 ZenDogs, die alle jeden Tag mit Leidenschaft daran arbeiten, das Internet freier und sicherer zu machen. Unser Ziel ist es, clevere Produkte mit intuitiven Designs zu entwickeln, die es dir ermöglichen, sicher und anonym im Netz unterwegs zu sein – egal, wer Du bist und egal, wo Du bist. #EnjoySecurity





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dich im Netz
  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • Gojira

    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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