Funding and Acquisitions Roundup: As privacy becomes more top-of-mind for consumers, anti-tracking startup Disconnect lands $3.5M

By Editor June 17, 2013

By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor

Today’s early-stage startup funding and acquisitions news:

Disconnect, an ex-Googler’s online privacy startup, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding from FirstMark Capital. The Menlo Park-based company has created extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that allows users to block tracking from third parties. Interestingly, Disconnect is set up as a semi-charitable B Corporation. It was founded by Brian Kennish, a former Google engineer, and consumer rights attorney Casey Oppenheim. The team previously raised $600,000 in Seed funding in early 2012.

Vital Stats:


HQ: Menlo Park, California

Year Founded: 2012

Founders: Brian Kennish, Casey Oppenheim

Investors: FirstMark Capital

Innovation: Extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that blocks tracking from third parties.

Total Funding: $4.1 million

(Sources: Disconnect, TechCrunch)

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