392: The Tech Startup Story Behind Brazilian Anti-Virus Startup PSafe

Nov 24, 2017
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PSafe Technology is a leading provider of mobile privacy, security, and performance apps for the Android platform. The company is dedicated to delivering innovative products that protect consumers’ freedom to safely connect, share, play, express, and explore online.

Marco DeMello is an internationally recognized security and privacy expert with more than 20 years of experience protecting desktop and mobile devices from threats and holds 10 software patents. Previously, he spent 15 years at Microsoft and worked directly with Bill Gates.

Marco was responsible for a variety of projects including the company’s Hotmail acquisition; restructuring the entire Windows security infrastructure; and development of Exchange Server 2007.

He also spent four years as CTO of Sport Runner, where he was instrumental in building a media exchange for the cable TV industry. In 2010, Marco co-founded PSafe Tecnologia SA to provide digital security solutions to consumers in Latin America and has expanded that mission to deliver products globally as PSafe Technology.

Marco has now raised more than $90 million to create a profitable mobile security company. The flagship antivirus and anti-hacking app, DFNDR Security, has 130+ million installations globally and was recently named a top-rated antivirus software by the AV-TEST Institute—the world leader in security and antivirus research.

As the largest developer of mobile apps in Latin America and more than 20 million Android users just in Brazil, PSafe ensures quality service for the mobile universe. I invited Marco on-to the podcast to learn more about his story and also the thriving tech startup scene in Latin America.

Tech startups in Brasil, Argentina, and Chile are seldom talked about, and I want to share these success stories and understand how technology is transforming the region.

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