About Us

About Us

Abine is the online privacy company. We make easy-to-use tools for consumers to control what personal information companies, third parties, and other people see about them online.

Although the notion of privacy isn’t new, privacy in an interconnected, digital world is much more difficult to navigate. When our founders Rob Shavell, Andrew Sudbury, and Eugene Kuznetsov got together in a small office in Cambridge, MA years ago and agreed that this was emerging as a major problem on the web, Abine was born. Because the ways that third parties are collecting people’s information is constantly changing, Abine has evolved to address these challenges for today and tomorrow. Now, Millions of people use DoNotTrackMe, MaskMe, and DeleteMe to protect their online privacy.

Abine is led by a passionate team, backed by premier investment firms, and supercharged by a strong mission to empower consumers with privacy.

Our Mission

Abine’s mission is to bring easy-to-use online privacy to everybody who wants it. Since the ways companies collect, share, and sell your data is constantly changing, we strongly believe online privacy solutions must continuously improve and evolve to address these challenges.

Our Team

Rob Shavell

Co-Founder and CEO

Rob, Abine CEO, co-founded Abine alongside Eugene and Andy and previously led Abine’s product and business development. Rob brought Abine’s core products to market, including DoNotTrackMe, which has protected the privacy of over 10 Million consumers and has been featured by hundreds of news outlets, including CNET, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times.

Prior to Abine, Rob was VP Product at Identity Force, an identity theft provider and co-founder of one of the first consumer group travel portals, "TravelTogether.com” and was an associate at Softbank Capital Partners (Boston) and Softbank / Mobius Venture Capital (Silicon Valley). Rob has a BA from Cornell University where he began his studies in the school of Architecture.

Andrew Sudbury

Co-Founder and CTO

Andrew is one of those people that knows a lot about a lot of things, and his combined financial and security expertise helps keep Abine running smoothly. As co-founder and CTO, Andrew manages the company infrastructure and finances and helps develop and bring Abine's products and services to market, and the company has acquired a reputation as a technology leader under his supervision.

Prior to Abine, Andy worked as VP of Security Metrics at Clear Point Metrics, leading the team creating information security metrics and scorecards from concept through the $1M in sales. Previously, while he was employee at @stake, Andrew assessed the security of network storage devices and high-privacy file systems and researched quantitative security modeling. Andrew received an MBA from MIT Sloan and a SB from MIT.

Eugene Kuznetsov

Chairman and Co-Founder

Eugene Kuznetsov, Abine Chairman and co-founder, has earned recognition for both his business and technical leadership, including the prestigious InfoWorld Top 25 CTOs of 2005 and regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 awards. Eugene was most recently an executive at IBM, with responsibility for product management and marketing of SOA appliances. Eugene joined IBM through acquisition of DataPower in October 2005.

Eugene founded DataPower in 1999 and served as President until Spring 2003 as it grew from one to 75 employees, raising over $20M from investors and building a customer list of household names. Kuznetsov's articles have appeared in numerous tech publications, and he has spoken at conferences and events including Digital ID World, NetSec, JavaOne, Networld+Interop, and the IT Security & Privacy Conference. Kuznetsov earned a BSEE from MIT.

Stacie Smith

Senior Corporate Development Advisor

Born in the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Smith began her career in the United States Air Force where she supported U.S. overseas intelligence operations. Stacie had two tours of duty then later trained as an Air Traffic Controller and worked at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.

Stacie is on the Board of Directors of Hire a Hero, a nonprofit organization that assists military members and returning veterans in finding meaningful careers upon discharge from service. Ms. Smith has a degree in Strategic Management from the California State University. She is an avid Rock Climber.

William Kerrigan

Executive Advisor

Bill Kerrigan is executive advisor to Abine and formerly Abine’s CEO. Bill’s career includes more than 30 years of distinguished accomplishments, including roles as President and CEO of RadialPoint and as EVP of McAfee’s Worldwide Consumer Business. During Bill’s tenure at McAfee, subscription revenue grew 367% to over $400M while subscriber base expanded from 1.8M to over 23M.

His background also includes other CEO or senior executive roles at Shaman, Corporate Software, and IBM, as well as board membership at leading consumer companies, such as Carbonite. Bill has been personally profiled or provided thought leadership commentary on the privacy and security industries in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal,TechCrunch, ZDNet, the New York Times, and other publications.

Our Investors

Abine is backed by two premiere venture capital firms:

General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based companies that will lead innovation and transform industries. Founded in 2000, General Catalyst Partners leverages its principals’ extensive operational, business development and technological expertise to provide portfolio companies with a catalyst for success through business-building and partnership development assistance. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge, MA and Palo Alto, CA. For more information, please visit: www.generalcatalyst.com.

Atlas Venture is an early stage venture capital fund that invests in promising entrepreneurs focusing on life sciences and technology innovation. Based in the innovation capital of the world, Cambridge Massachusetts, our partners invest globally in a wide range of companies solving problems in a variety of technology and life science markets. We are contrarian, patient and aggressive investors focused on non-linear innovation leading to tomorrow’s category leaders. Find out more at www.atlasventure.com.

Careers at Abine

Join one of the hottest consumer startups in Boston. Here at Abine, we're on a mission to make the internet better and safer for everyone by putting people back in control of their data with the best privacy tools in the market. Come work with us on products that millions of people already use and love, and help us bring privacy to the world!

We’re currently hiring for a variety of roles in product, marketing, customer care, operations, and engineering. If you’re interested in privacy and want to be a part of Abine, drop us a line.