1. October 2014–
ZenMate founders Simon Specka and Markus Hänel
UPDATED: ZenMate seems to have landed on the fast track since we talked with the cofounders Simon Specka and Markus Hänel eight months ago. The Berlin-based startup now offers users VPN connection on iOS and Android. Today, it announces its newest funding round of $3.2 million led by Holtzbrinck Ventures, including the launch of its Firefox plugin.
ZenMate is relevant to you if you have ever come across this frustrating situation: Have you ever tried to watch video content in Germany only to be denied access with a disappointing message such as: “We’re sorry, but this video isn’t available in your location”? ZenMate offers users a satisfying solution by providing them with encrypted access to any website from anywhere. It claims to have increased its user base over the last six months from 1 million to 5 million people in 180 countries.
ZenGuard, the parent company of ZenMate, is a graduate of Axel Springer Plug&Play Accelerator. It has received previous funding from Project A Ventures, David Khalil, Philipp Kreibohm and Robert Maier. Project A joins Holtzbrinck Ventures in this latest round of funding along with new investors Shortcut Ventures and T-Venture.
“With our new investment we hope to scale and grow our product family to become the number-one privacy solution of its kind,” says cofounder Simon Specka.
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