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The world's first fully-automated mobile security solution, Averon seamlessly integrates with all mobile devices with zero effort, zero downloads, zero apps. Total Freedom.

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Averon secures your mobile life with our unique solutions

Direct Autonomous Authentication

Direct Autonomous
Authentication® (DAA®)

Our revolutionary DAA® solution provides instant, frictionless authentication that's the world's easiest, fastest and most secure identity verification solution. Zero downloads, zero apps.

Lock / Unlock Solution

Lock / Unlock
Solution

Averon's ultra-secure identity authentication protects digital locks for home, auto and tech. Say goodbye to physical keys and never worry about losing control of digital 'keys' to any lock again.

Averon is uniquely powerful security in a league of its own

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Averon provides authentication solutions for many verticals

E-commerce

Instantly form-fill purchases; never type your data again

Automatically and invisibly prevent fraudulent activity with zero effort by end users

FinTech & Blockchain

Our FinTech validation solutions eliminate fraudulent activity for credit cards

Our blockchain solutions integrate seamlessly for any blockchain-related transactions and validations

Smart Vehicles

Easily prevent hackers from taking over your car

Ultra-secure vehicle access from mobile devices / verify out-of-band proximity

Smart Locks & IoT

Averon helps authenticate your digital locks for home, auto, and tech

The safest, easiest way to secure access to connected devices: front doors, routers, connected cars, and more

Online Accounts

Hassle-free authentication that goes beyond 2-factor codes and legacy username / passwords

Government

Averon streamlines and secures user and access management protocols for mission-critical applications and sensitive data, resulting in improved usability and a simplified path to meet and exceed government security standards

With Averon, you're in great company

Our Mission

To help the entire digital world
Be Authentic

Our Story

We started by seeking better ways to bring authenticity to security and soon found our expertise gave rise to a revolutionary new solution: Direct Autonomous Authentication® (DAA®), the world's only fully automated mobile security platform. Our DAA® technology requires zero effort by users and is live today on all US carriers. Join us in our mission to help the digital world
Be Authentic.

Meet some of our team

Wendell Brown

Wendell Brown

Chief Executive Officer

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Wendell Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Wendell is a serial entrepreneur and inventor whose creative triumphs include building a global VoIP solution (acquired by Microsoft), founding America's largest online voicemail platform (acquired by AOL) and creating one of the world's first cybersecurity solutions (acquired by Intel). The unique intersection of his expertise led to Averon's breakthrough technology.

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Lea Tarnowski

Lea Tarnowski

COO & President

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Lea Tarnowski

COO & President

Lea has deep cross-domain experience as an accomplished investor in mobile, FinTech, and consumer Internet. Prior to her role as a director of Northzone (Stockholm/London), she enjoyed success as an associate at Morgan Stanley and McKinsey. Lea is a Harvard Business School graduate, a Kauffman Fellow, and holds MSc degrees from HEC Paris and Stockholm School of Economics.

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Taro Gold

Taro Gold

Chief Creative Officer

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Taro Gold

Chief Creative Officer

Taro has enjoyed multiple careers in Silicon Valley and around the world as a cofounder, creative director, writer, and angel investor, having successfully exited multiple startups including eVoice (acquired by AOL/Time Warner) and Teleo (acquired by Microsoft). He is also a New York Times best-selling author of inspirational books. Taro leads the creative side of Averon.

Aaron Mahone

Aaron Mahone

Dir. of Operations & Finance

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Aaron Mahone

Dir. of Operations & Finance

Aaron earned his MBA from Harvard Business School after enjoying success as a Management Consultant at KPMG, focusing on IT strategy, organizational change management, and business process optimization for government agencies. Aaron also has experience in the healthcare industry in corporate development and strategy at PPD.

Mark

Mark "Hershey" Herschberg

Chief Technology Officer

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Mark "Hershey" Herschberg

Chief Technology Officer

Hershey holds degrees from MIT in Physics, EE/CS, and a Masters in Cryptography. He's worked in Fortune 500s and startups, tracking cybercriminals on the dark web, developing wireless application platforms, big data tools, and a VOD service (now Hulu). In academia, he has created new case study teaching methods at Harvard, and is a popular teacher at MIT's UPOP accelerator.

Kevin Shen

Kevin Shen

Growth Manager

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Kevin Shen

Growth Manager

Kevin is a Silicon Valley native who has always been passionate about standing up to those who take advantage of others, thus fueling his interest in cybersecurity. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Computer Science & Business. An avid student of life and personal growth, Kevin now manages Averon's growth and data analytics.

Tom Green

Tom Green

Chief Product Officer

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Tom Green

Chief Product Officer

Tom has a strong FinTech background, having served as a senior analyst at Capital One as well as VP at Lending Club where he managed their Small Business group. Tom also has extensive experience at Bain & Company, is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and earned a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. Tom is currently leading our AverX project.

Karolina Kocalevski

Karolina Kocalevski

VP of Marketing

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Karolina Kocalevski

VP of Marketing

Karolina has rich experience in building brands and capturing broad market share in her work with dynamic global organizations (PwC, Deloitte, Thomson Reuters, McGraw-Hill) and with growing startups (Exiger, Bureau van Dijk). She holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell, and a degree in Business & International Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Brendan O'Donohoe

Brendan O'Donohoe

EVP of Global Sales

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Brendan O'Donohoe

EVP of Global Sales

Brendan is a Bronze Star-decorated U.S. Army Ranger veteran whose roles in the military included deployment of secure mesh networks and UAVs in the Special Operations Command. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, a former GM and sales leader at PepsiCo, and he helped start the first Hunter Team at Salesforce.com where Brendan was honored as a president's club awardee.

Tony Collier

Tony Collier

Business Development

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Tony Collier

Business Development

Tony's experiences in sales and marketing span more than ten years, from research and preparation through strategy and execution of sales processes. Early in Tony's career he was also a player advocate and public speaker on sports concussions after his time as a successful NCAA DII basketball player for Babson College, where he earned a B.S. in Business Management.

Shoshana Weissman

Shoshana Weissman

Executive Coordinator

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Shoshana Weissman

Executive Coordinator

Shoshana has enjoyed success in business management and administration, having managed a variety of teams in the hospitality, real estate & technology sectors. She has worked with Averon's co-founders in various managerial capacities for over 20 years, and currently oversees our Averon team management to help everyone operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Mark Klein

Mark Klein

Chief Data Scientist

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Mark Klein

Chief Data Scientist

Mark is a Silicon Valley veteran and co-founder of numerous successful startups, including some he created with other Averon executives. His deep experiences in technology include roles as Director of Mobility Solutions and the founding CTO of a variety of startups that were acquired by companies including AOL, Avaya, Intel, and Arbitron. Mark holds an MSEE from Stanford.

Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy

Sr. Dir., Solutions Engineering

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Dan Kennedy

Sr. Dir., Solutions Engineering

Dan is an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history of creating customer, employee, and shareholder value. His background is squarely in the nexus of tech engineering and FinTech, having spent more than a decade at Intuit as well as at American Express, and as a Principal at a technology management and consulting agency.

Christian Kendall

Christian Kendall

Director of Product Marketing

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Christian Kendall

Director of Lead Generation

Christian has a strong sales & analytics experience in both startups and public companies. He's worked for Clorox and Wiser, an e-commerce services provider, as Director of Sales Dev, and he's built relational sales databases for Southwest Securities. Christian holds a degree from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

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Mark Hartley

VP Strategic Accounts and Alliances

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Mark Hartley

VP Strategic Accounts and Alliances

Mark is an enterprise software sales expert whose successful experiences include positions with Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft and Marketo. At Salesforce, Mark was honored as one of twelve sales executives worldwide for the elite Chairman's Club. In 2017, he led Marketo’s North America sales team to achieve its largest quarter in the company's history.

Meet our advisors

Emily Ward

Emily Ward

Fmr VP, eBay & PayPal

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Emily Ward

Fmr VP, eBay & PayPal

Emily has enjoyed success as VP & Worldwide Chief Technology Counsel for eBay and PayPal ('02 - '16), and as Co-founder of ChIPs, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and advancement of women in law & technology. She holds an engineering degree and JD, and has testified before Congress on patent law.

John Hjelmstad

John Hjelmstad

VP, WeWork

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John Hjelmstad

VP, WeWork

John served 11 years as an executive at Google, and was most recently Head of Google Identity Platform through 2017. Prior to Google, John worked for 2 years as an Engineer at Amazon. He's currently a VP of Engineering at WeWork. John holds a degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Sheila Marcelo

Sheila Marcelo

Founder & CEO, Care.com

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Sheila Marcelo

Founder & CEO, Care.com

Sheila founded & leads the world's largest family care company, Care.com (NYSE: CRCM). She earned her JD and MBA from Harvard, is a member of The Aspen Institute 2012 Class of Henry Crown Fellows, was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and received the HBS alumni award for her outstanding achievements.

Prof. John M. Smith, Ph.D.

Prof. John M. Smith, Ph.D.

Prof. of CIS, UPenn

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Prof. John M. Smith, Ph.D.

Prof. of CIS, UPenn

Prof. Smith is a top cryptography & cybersecurity expert. He's the Olga & Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering, Applied Science & CIS at UPenn, was a DARPA Program Manager awarded the OSD Medal for Exceptional Service, served on the National Research Council Board on Army Science & Technology, and is an IEEE Fellow.

K. V. Rao

K. V. Rao

CEO, Aviso

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K. V. Rao

CEO, Aviso

K. V. Rao co-founded Zuora, a unicorn startup that held its IPO in April 2018 (NYSE: ZUO). Previously, he was Dir. of Technology at WebEx (acq. by Cisco) and began his career as a rocket scientist at NASA. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Iowa State, an M.S. from Univ. of Missouri-Rolla, and B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is currently the CEO of Aviso.

James Kondo

James Kondo

Fmr VP, Twitter

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James Kondo

Fmr VP, Twitter

James is a former VP of Twitter Inc. & Chairman of Twitter Japan, and was previously at McKinsey & Co. He's an Advisor at MIT's Media Lab of Social Machines and Silicon Valley Japan Platform Co-chair. He graduated from Keio and Harvard, was a Yale World Fellow, and was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Ruvan Cohen

Ruvan Cohen

Fmr SVP, Citi

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Ruvan Cohen

Fmr SVP, Citi

Ruvan is a payment cards & consumer credit expert, formerly the Managing Director of Citibank's global credit card business, President of Innovis credit bureau, a senior member of Mastercard Advisors, and an early Internet privacy & security innovator as CEO of iPrivacy. Ruvan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Greg Tarr

Greg Tarr

Glympse / Axiata

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Greg Tarr

Glympse / Axiata

Greg is a founding partner of CrossPacific Capital, founding CSO at Glympse, and Board Observer at Axiata Digital. He was a Sr. Advisor to Sumitomo's Silicon Valley VC fund, Interim CSO at Automatic Labs (acq. by SiriusXM) and VP/GM Asia at Networks in Motion (acq. by TCS). He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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