About MetaCert

We see a world where people aren't afraid of opening the wrong link!

Whether it's a mobile app or an loT device, if it communicates over http, the MetaCert Security API can add a thin but very powerful layer of security to help protect consumers from malicious attacks over the Internet.

MetaCert's patent-pending Security API checks the reputation of http requests in real time, warning consumers of potential threats before allowing known malicious web pages (or other resources) from loading inside the app. MetaCert also offers a content-based filtering service for developers that want to block pornography inside their apps.


Board
Members

Kieran Hannon
Chair

Kieran Hannon is the Chief Marketing Officer for Belkin International, encompassing all three of its brands: Belkin, Linksys and WeMo, where he manages every aspect of the marketing organization and eCommerce globally. Fast Company named Belkin one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in the Internet of Things (IoT). The Belkin team’s people-centric approach to IoT innovations and Belkin’s passion for delightful user experiences anchor the company's successes and it is this experience that Kieran is helping to bring to MetaCert.

Prior to joining Belkin, Kieran spent the past two decades building the best consumer experiences in the mobile, digital and retail sectors spanning everything from large companies to startups. Kieran served as vice president of marketing for RadioShack Corporation where developed the company’s first integrated marketing campaign resulting in a National Retail Federation Gold award. Earlier in his career, Kieran was a highly respected advertising agency executive. As president of Grey Worldwide in San Francisco, he directed changes that resulted in major growth of the San Francisco office, making it one of the top performing agencies in the Grey Global Group network.

Kieran is a Technology Advisory Board member of Enterprise Ireland, a government agency responsible for promoting Irish companies around the world and a founding member of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, where he sits on the management team of this non-profit. Recognized as one of the "Top 100 CMOs in the World" and “one of the most influential CMOs on Twitter”, Kieran graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland with a diploma in civil engineering.

Vaibav Nadgauda
 

Vaibhav Nadgauda is a partner at Moneta Ventures. Prior to joining Moneta, Vaibhav was President of the SAP Business Unit at KPIT, managing a global portfolio of over $100 Million in revenue and a team of over 1,800 employees. He was co-founder and partner at Sparta Consulting, where he served as Executive Vice President and played a key role in growing the company to $100+ Million in five years.

He was Vice President of Corporate Development and Global Delivery at Fujitsu Consulting, a Fortune Global 500 company, leading a team of over 1700 consultants globally. Vaibhav started his career 21 years ago at Siemens. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electronics and a Master’s Degree in Computer Management, both from the University of Pune

Kumar Sripadam
 

Kumar is a technology entrepreneur, business consultant, investor and a mentor. He is involved in management & business consulting for several companies through Kedge LLC. He has 27 years of experience in the high technology sector.

Kumar was a member of the founding team at Redneck Networks, a successful Networking company which made its IPO in 1999 where he made key contributions to Systems and Hardware. Post Redneck, he has worked in senior roles in early stage companies, helping with successful exist. He is currently involved with several Venture and Angel Funds and has invested in several startups in the US.

His areas of interest are Enterprise & Application software, Mobile, E-commerce, Infrastructure, Big Data, IOT and Consumer products. He takes an active role in TIE Angels and TIE Silicon Valley and is a board member of Arc Angels, NY.

Paul Walsh
 

Paul is an Irish entrepreneur who founded several companies and has helped to launch a number of renowned developer communities internationally on behalf of Vodafone and Telefonica.

Paul is building MetaCert up to become the world’s leading company in cybersecurity for Enterprise Message Services and Mobile Apps.

In 2003 Paul founded a software testing and compliance company called Segala. It was the first software testing company worldwide to join the GSM Association and grew into one of the most respected test houses in the mobile industry.

Paul started his Internet career when he joined AOL as a young startup during the mid 90’s. He was the first Technical Accounts Manager and International Beta Coordinator hired outside the US. He was part of the team that launched technologies such as AIM, X2 56K modem protocol, Internet Radio and Online Games.

Paul spent 12 years in the UK where he was Chair of the British Interactive Media Association for 3 years and Advisor to the British Council on its Digital Pioneer Program with Hong Kong and Advisor to its Creative Entrepreneur Program with India. He gave regular speaking engagements throughout Europe and was a judge at many startup awards. He has spoken about social entrepreneurship at numerous Universities including Hass Business School Berkley, University College Dublin and National University of Ireland in Galway.

In 2009 Paul was an Advisor to mobile operator O2, helping it to become more innovative in product development and product marketing. In this capacity he was the brainchild behind the creation of BlueVia, an initiative that has evolved into a payments & developer platform and is now a joint venture between Telefonica and Telnor. In 2007 Paul advised Vodafone in how to create and go-to-market with its developer community initiative called BetaVine.

Paul is Co-founder of Shanti Life, a low-interest microfinance charity which helps poor entrepreneurs in India get their businesses off the ground with micro loans, mentoring and education in basic literacy skills.

He has contributed to more than 10 Industry technical standards and specifications and was one of the seven original founders of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative. He also co-instigated the creation of the W3C standard for URL Classification, formally replacing PICS in 2009. He holds a patent for in-app URI security which was issued in May 2016 - with several more pending.

Paul is an investor and Partner in a Michelin-rated Indian restaurant in Dublin, Ireland called Jaipur. In his spare time he likes to travel with his family, keep fit, jump out of planes and stroke nurse sharks 100ft deep in the ocean. And he’s a table tennis freak.

Eyal Shaked
Board observer

Eyal Shaked is the owner and controlling shareholder of the successful online gambling corporation 888 Holdings Ltd.

Eyal holds a BA in both Business Management and Information technologies from Israel's IDC University. He has vast experience in the online gambling field as a result of his career at 888 Holdings, which included a period of four years in which he managed 888's operation center in Gibraltar.

Eyal is a "Super Angel" investor from early stage to A round startups with a focus on technological startups disrupting the industries of online gaming and gambling, BI, payments monetization, and marketing.

Eyal takes active part by being a leading board member and a consultant for over ten different organizations that promote online security, startup nation ventures and more.

MetaCert was Shaked Ventures first investment in the Bay Area.

Sheetal Walsh
 

Sheetal is an investor, Board member at MetaCert and SVP of Strategic Partnerships. With over 15 years experience working in technology, venture capital and social entrepreneurship she has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs around the world. In 2009, she decided to apply her skills to help entrepreneurs in Indian slums and villages to build sustainable businesses by providing mentoring, training, microfinance and promotion of health and well-being. She is a spokesperson on the topic, having presented at Cambridge, LSE, Doha Forum, Big Society, House of Lords, TEDx and other prestigious forums.

She acts as Advisor to London School of Economics Careers team focussing on entrepreneurship. From 2000- 2005 Sheetal was the first Director of VC Relations at Microsoft where she worked with the Venture Capital community in EMEA and Silicon Valley to help their portfolio companies leverage the .NET initiative, access smart funding and go to market. Previously she worked with the Edmonton Police force working with children and women to alleviate domestic violence and assist victims with drug abuse.

Sheetal has received several awards: Asian Women of Achievement: Social and Humanitarian (Prince Charles and Cherie Blair) for her efforts on taking technology to developing communities in India and Africa (2005); Management Today Magazine 35 Under 35; Success Magazine No 5 of top most powerful Asian women in the UK (2006), Award for Entrepreneur of the Year by Asian Woman Magazine and No 3 Ones To Watch’ section of the Asian Power 100 list – the most influential and highest achieving Asian women in Britain (2007).

Asian Woman Magazine covered a story of Sheetal’s business in the Sept 2007 issue. Sheetal has been invited to Buckingham Palace for “Women in Business” reception hosted by Her Majesty, The Queen in November 2007, Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of Alberta and was most recently nominated for the Microsoft Alumni Integral Awards 2012.

Sheetal has a Masters in International Relations (Economics) at the London School of Economics and a BA (Honors) in International Politics at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is a yoga teacher and plays drums and doh.


Work
Team

Paul Walsh
CEO

Paul is an Irish entrepreneur who founded several companies and has helped to launch a number of renowned developer communities internationally on behalf of Vodafone and Telefonica.

Paul is building MetaCert up to become the world’s leading company in cybersecurity for Enterprise Message Services and Mobile Apps.

In 2003 Paul founded a software testing and compliance company called Segala. It was the first software testing company worldwide to join the GSM Association and grew into one of the most respected test houses in the mobile industry.

Paul started his Internet career when he joined AOL as a young startup during the mid 90’s. He was the first Technical Accounts Manager and International Beta Coordinator hired outside the US. He was part of the team that launched technologies such as AIM, X2 56K modem protocol, Internet Radio and Online Games.

Paul spent 12 years in the UK where he was Chair of the British Interactive Media Association for 3 years and Advisor to the British Council on its Digital Pioneer Program with Hong Kong and Advisor to its Creative Entrepreneur Program with India. He gave regular speaking engagements throughout Europe and was a judge at many startup awards. He has spoken about social entrepreneurship at numerous Universities including Hass Business School Berkley, University College Dublin and National University of Ireland in Galway.

In 2009 Paul was an Advisor to mobile operator O2, helping it to become more innovative in product development and product marketing. In this capacity he was the brainchild behind the creation of BlueVia, an initiative that has evolved into a payments & developer platform and is now a joint venture between Telefonica and Telnor. In 2007 Paul advised Vodafone in how to create and go-to-market with its developer community initiative called BetaVine.

Paul is Co-founder of Shanti Life, a low-interest microfinance charity which helps poor entrepreneurs in India get their businesses off the ground with micro loans, mentoring and education in basic literacy skills.

He has contributed to more than 10 Industry technical standards and specifications and was one of the seven original founders of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative. He also co-instigated the creation of the W3C standard for URL Classification, formally replacing PICS in 2009. He holds a patent for in-app URI security which was issued in May 2016 - with several more pending.

Paul is an investor and Partner in a Michelin-rated Indian restaurant in Dublin, Ireland called Jaipur. In his spare time he likes to travel with his family, keep fit, jump out of planes and stroke nurse sharks 100ft deep in the ocean. And he’s a table tennis freak.

Alfonso Valdes
Dev ops
Piotr Vladimir
Front-end engineer
Sheetal Walsh
SVP of strategic partnership

Sheetal is an investor, Board member at MetaCert and SVP of Strategic Partnerships. With over 15 years experience working in technology, venture capital and social entrepreneurship she has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs around the world. In 2009, she decided to apply her skills to help entrepreneurs in Indian slums and villages to build sustainable businesses by providing mentoring, training, microfinance and promotion of health and well-being. She is a spokesperson on the topic, having presented at Cambridge, LSE, Doha Forum, Big Society, House of Lords, TEDx and other prestigious forums.

She acts as Advisor to London School of Economics Careers team focussing on entrepreneurship. From 2000- 2005 Sheetal was the first Director of VC Relations at Microsoft where she worked with the Venture Capital community in EMEA and Silicon Valley to help their portfolio companies leverage the .NET initiative, access smart funding and go to market. Previously she worked with the Edmonton Police force working with children and women to alleviate domestic violence and assist victims with drug abuse.

Sheetal has received several awards: Asian Women of Achievement: Social and Humanitarian (Prince Charles and Cherie Blair) for her efforts on taking technology to developing communities in India and Africa (2005); Management Today Magazine 35 Under 35; Success Magazine No 5 of top most powerful Asian women in the UK (2006), Award for Entrepreneur of the Year by Asian Woman Magazine and No 3 Ones To Watch’ section of the Asian Power 100 list – the most influential and highest achieving Asian women in Britain (2007).

Asian Woman Magazine covered a story of Sheetal’s business in the Sept 2007 issue. Sheetal has been invited to Buckingham Palace for “Women in Business” reception hosted by Her Majesty, The Queen in November 2007, Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of Alberta and was most recently nominated for the Microsoft Alumni Integral Awards 2012.

Sheetal has a Masters in International Relations (Economics) at the London School of Economics and a BA (Honors) in International Politics at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is a yoga teacher and plays drums and doh.

Tom Cervantez
General counsel

Tom is a co-founder of Business Counsel Law Group LLP and has over 18 years experience working as a lawyer in the venture capital and startup technology company field in Silicon Valley. Tom's core area of law practice is the securities and finance field, with a focus on helping emerging growth companies, venture funds, and software and hardware computer companies navigate issues concerning new entity choice/formation, venture financing, securities, capital structure planning, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing transactions.

Tom has also started and sold companies and is an active angel investor. On the operating side, Tom participated at an operating level at several companies, including a venture fund, boutique investment bank, ISP (Genet sold to Level3 in 1998), and a law firm (Britton Silberman Cervantez sold to Thelen Reid 2000). Tom is also active in the Silicon Valley angel investor community, having founded the Harvard Angels (alumni angel group for HBS NorCal and Harvard Club SF) and the Golden Gate Angels. With regard to his angel activities, Tom focuses on the Internet, computer, communications and networking sectors (sample early stage investments include Open Table (IPO 2009), Friendster (acquired 2010), Genet (acquired by Level3), Specialty's Café & Bakery and others).

Prior to co-founding Business Counsel Law Group, Tom was a partner for 5 years in the San Francisco office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and a partner for 5 years in the San Francisco office of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP. Tom also had worked as an Auditor with the National Association of Securities Dealers, running oversight and conducting securities law enforcement audits for 50 small to mid-size investment banks from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Tom holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Patrick Reilly
IP Attorney

Patrick Reilly, Esq. is an intellectual property attorney and the founder of Intellectual Property Society in San Francisco. His law practice encompasses patent prosecution, trademark prosecution and assertion, label and brand copyright protection and assertion, trade secret policy, creative rights management, and IP issues of start-up formation.

Patrick has a special commitment to encourage civic engagement with the evolution of intellectual property law, personal data rights and Internet identity. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Monterey) in Russian Language Studies, and has earned a BS in Sociology from the State University of New York, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo and a JD from Concord Law School. Patrick is a member of the U.S. Patent Bar and the California State Bar.

Geir Rasmussen
Advisor

Geir was a founder and CEO of the Global Name Registry Ltd (GNR), the operator of the .name top-level domain (gTLD). Geir has a background in computer science and has over 18 years of experience in the Internet sector, including 13 years in the domain name industry.

GNR focused on digital identity services, utilizing the .name gTLD as a core part of providing individuals worldwide with personal and memorable digital identities. GNR offered two core products: a personalized email address with forwarding capabilities (e.g. john@smith.name), and a personalized domain name (e.g. www.johnsmith.name).

Geir was the CTO of the company during its initial phase, and was responsible for building its own Registry system, global DNS resolution infrastructure, as well as a 24/7/365 network operations function. He further managed the integration of the Registrar channel and the different phases of the .name launch in 2002. Later, Geir managed the transition from an in-house infrastructure to an outsourced backend provider in order to optimize the cost base of the company. Global Name Registry Ltd was acquired by VeriSign Inc. in late 2008.

Prior to GNR, Geir was a founder of the personal email provider Nameplanet.com. Nameplanet.com provided email accounts using personal domain names to over 1.5 million users. The company had a portfolio of over 100,000 personal domain names on a number of TLDs, providing consumers with a highly personal domain name using their name as an email address. Nameplanet.com was acquired by Netidentity.com in 2002, and is now part of Tucows following an acquisition in 2006.

Prior to Nameplanet.com, Geir was a founding investor in a web-pad company producing the Free Pad, a Linux based touch-screen, wireless Tablet PC. He was a co-founder of one of the first web content management systems (IMAKER CMS) which launched in 1995. Geir managed sales, project management, development and deployment of a large number of internet projects in the early days of the World Wide Web. These projects included developing and launching 52 online newspapers, online travel agencies, financial institutions and a number of other commercial, government and educational web sites. Geir also co-founded Synaps as a vehicle for the research and development of a laser and image recognition based optical weighing system for industrial use.

Francey Hakes
Advisor

Francey Hakes served as the first-ever National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction from January 2010 to March 2012. The United States Attorney General appointed her to the post, which was created by the U.S. Congress in the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, and which was housed in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

As the first coordinator, Francey was responsible for creating the inaugural U.S. strategy addressing child sexual exploitation entitled, The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, which was submitted to the U.S. Congress in August 2010.

After submitting this first National Strategy to Congress, Francey was charged with its implementation. She lead multiple working groups across federal, state, local and international agencies, and regularly briefed the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, drafted remarks for delivery by the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, and helped prepare the Attorney General for testimony before the U.S. Congress. Francey also testified before the U.S. Congress and the United States Sentencing Commission, and briefed senior officials at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

Francey was a prosecutor for more than 15 years, serving first as a state prosecutor then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Francey has held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance as part of her work on national security investigations, and was lead counsel on dozens of trials.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a Global Policy Studies Certificate, from the University of Georgia. Francey also holds a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University. She now runs her own consulting firm, Francey Hakes Consulting LLC, that provides advice in the field of child protection.

Our Investors


MetaCert is funded by two VC firms, a family fund, three Angel Networks and over a dozen angel investors. We have a very diverse group of investors - they come from the US, Canada, UK, Israel, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Russia and Ireland.

We are proud to be Shaked Ventures’ first investment in the Bay Area - the family investment fund that founded 888 Holdings Ltd. We are also supported by TiE LaunchPad, TiE Angels Group, Sacramento Angels Group, Sierra Angel Group, Monta Vista Capital and our largest single investor, Moneta Ventures.

Some of our angels include the founding team of Qik (Acquired by Skype) as well as the Founder of Travelocity and Kayak.

Our Expertise


We see a world where people aren’t afraid of opening the wrong link. MetaCert was responsible for the creation of the Internet standards that it uses today for protecting companies from malicious and unwanted web links. And we hold a full patent too.

Our security products

MetaCert was the first security company in the world to build security integrations and bots for Messenger Services. Thousands of companies trust MetaCert to protect their users and their corporate networks from data breaches.

A Security Bot for Skype. See what's on the other side of that short URL.

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Enterprise-grade security and user activity monitoring.

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An Enterprise-grade security integration for companies that care about security.

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This Security Bot is currently being tested in our development lab.

Coming Soon

This Security chatbot will tell you if a news article comes from a news source that can be trusted.

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