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Lance Cottrell

“Satisfaction is the path to stagnation. While working on open source anonymity tools in the early 1990s, it became obvious that the existing tools had clear and well-understood vulnerabilities, yet they were going unaddressed.

I took it upon myself to architect and implement an entirely new class of email anonymity tools called Mixmaster. By 1995, Mixmaster and other tools were highly effective and widely deployed but actively user hostile to any but the most technical person. I started Anonymizer to provide high-end security, which would be easily accessible to the least technical user.

I relish working closely with customers. Understanding their needs drives the direction of our innovation. Invention should not be about navel gazing, but addressing real needs.

I am constantly driven to solve the next problem, address the next threat, enable the next capability.”