Disconnect Raises $3.5 Million to Change the Future of Online Privacy

Disconnect Raises $3.5 Million to Change the Future of Online Privacy 
Company Becomes a Certified B Corp, Launches Two New Extensions 
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/13 --  Disconnect
(https://disconnect.me/), a fast-growing market leader in online
privacy and security software, is announcing today the completion of
a $3.5 million Series A round led by FirstMark Capital. The round
brings the company's total funding to $4.1 million. Disconnect is
also proud to announce its successful certification as a B
Corporation, which formalizes the company's commitment to social
entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility. 
Disconnect co-founders Brian Kennish and Casey Oppenheim say the new
funding will be used to make their powerful but easy-to-use apps
available to as many people on as many platforms as possible,
starting today with the launch of Disconnect 2 for Safari and Opera. 
Disconnect 2, the company's latest app, is a browser extension that
lets users visualize and block more than 2,000 third-party websites
that otherwise track people's browsing history. The extension also
filters out possible sources of malware, encrypts the data users
share with popular sites to prevent wireless eavesdropping, and
optimizes pages so they load 27% faster and use 17% less bandwidth on
average. Disconnect 2 was recently named the best anti-tracking
extension by Lifehacker and, with today's release, is now available
for the Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera browsers. 
"Increasingly, people want to know who's tracking them online and
want to have a say about what information is being collected about
them," says Oppenheim, a consumer-rights attorney. Kennish,
previously a Google engineer, continues: "Our software is designed to
put users back in control so they can decide how their personal data
is used." 
Disconnect is part of a new breed of innovators building for-profit
businesses with the goal of solving important social issues. "As a B
Corporation, we're able to spend more time than a traditional company
on activities such as consumer education, petition drives, and close
collaboration with non-profits," says Gus Warren, a former Venture
Partner at FirstMark Capital who has joined Disconnect's executive
team and will run the company's New York office. "Disconnect is
committed to benefiting not just shareholders but all stakeholders,
including the public." 
"We're really excited about Disconnect," adds Rick Heitzmann, a
founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital. "As recent events
have emphasized, we believe online privacy is a 'megatrend' that will
be an increasingly important issue for more and more people for many
years to come and we believe Disconnect will continue to lead in the
space." 
Disconnect's new releases and existing apps can be found at
https://disconnect.me/. 
About Disconnect 
Disconnect was founded in 2011 by a former Google and DoubleClick
engineer and a consumer- and privacy-rights advocate and attorney.
The company develops award-winning, user-friendly privacy and
security software in Palo Alto, California. Disconnect is both a
for-profit business and consumer-advocacy organization, whose mission
is to help people understand and control how their data is used
online. The company's top-rated apps are used by more than 1,000,000
people every week. Visit Disconnect on the web at
https://disconnect.me/. 
About FirstMark Capital 
Based in New York City, FirstMark Capital is an early-stage
venture-capital firm investing in visionary entrepreneurs who are
creating new markets with innovative technology solutions or
fundamentally changing existing markets by applying a fresh approach
or new business model. FirstMark partners early in a company's
lifecycle, offering deep industry insight, a broad network of
relationships, and the operational expertise to build lasting
businesses. Select historical investments include Riot Games
(acquired by Tencent), Duck Creek Technologies (acquired by
Accenture), Netgear (NASDAQ: NTGR), Boomi (acquired by Dell), StubHub
(acquired by eBay), Netegrity (acquired by CA), OutlookSoft (acquired
by SAP), and Navic Networks (acquired by Microsoft). Current
investments include Pinterest, Knewton, Aereo, Tapad, SecondMarket,
Shopify, and Lumosity. For more information, visit
http://firstmarkcap.com/. 
Media Contact:
Shermineh Rohanizadeh
srohanizadeh@glenechogroup.com 
202-735-5706