Internet Optimists Secure $8 Million to Create a More Human Internet

The @ Company, creator of a revolutionary open-source application development platform that protects personal data, announced it raised $8 million in seed funding led by Kirk Brown, an individual investor. This new round brings the company’s total funding to $11 million, and will advance the company’s efforts to get the first privacy-first apps to consumers and enhance tools for developers to build more end-to-end encrypted apps.

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“This financing provides a clear line of sight toward the explosive consumer need we see on the horizon for end-to-end encrypted apps and the continued innovation it will take to get there,” said Barbara Tallent, CEO of The @ Company. “The Internet is set up so that each company has to keep and manage a slice of consumer data. The @ Company is creating an architecture that lets each individual own his or her own data in his or her own private database. We’re committed to building products for People to empower the curious while protecting privacy. We’re trying to give the People back control of their digital lives.”

The @ Company has created a revolutionary internet protocol that protects privacy by putting personal data back into the hands of those it belongs to, the People. The @platform equips developers with the self-serve tools they need to quickly build, launch, and market apps that offer completely new online experiences. These peer-to-peer, surveillance-free apps require no passwords, are end-to-end encrypted, and enable People to own and control their own data. The number of hyperconnected experiences possible with the @platform will increase as more @apps are built. To-date, there are more than 30 apps currently in development or public beta, such as @buzz, or fully launched, such as @wavi.

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With the ubiquity of data breaches and lack of consumer privacy, now is the time to bring the Internet back to the People. The @ Company is at the forefront of innovation in creating the next-generation of open-source apps that are purpose-built with security and privacy in mind. With The @ Company, privacy is married with the seamless user experience and brings to the consumer the ability to browse and connect online freely.

“My investment in the @ Company is a vote of confidence in the company’s seasoned leadership team and its unprecedented solution,” said Kirk Brown. I am excited to see The @ Company grow into its next chapter. I’m glad to be part of this team building the future of the Internet.