Lance Cottrell

San Francisco, California, US

Security Strategist, Advisor, Angel Investor, Product Evangelist, Chief Scientist at Ntrepid
Lance's Skills
Product Management

Age Group


About Lance

Lance Cottrell is the founder and principle at Obscura Security. He founded Anonymizer Inc. in 1995, and is an internationally recognized expert in cryptography‚ online privacy‚ and Internet security. Before that he created the Mixmaster anonymous remailer in 1993. He is an active angel investor, board member with the North Bay Angels, and mentors startup companies with SocoNexus Sprout. Lance is a frequent public speaker at conferences such as the RSA Security Conference, Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference‚ the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Europe‚ ISS World. He is principal author on multiple Internet privacy and security technology patents and applications. He took Anonymizer to a very successful exit in 2008. He holds a MS in Physics from the University of California, San Diego and a BS in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. - Richard P. Feynman

Work Experience



October 2016 - December 2016

Founder, President, Chairman

Anonymizer Inc

November 1995 - April 2008

Founder and President of Anonymizer Inc., the world's first commercial internet privacy company. Grew company to be a successful vendor of cyber-stealth technology to the national security community. Successful exit to Ntrepid (then Abraxas) in 2008.

Chief Scientist

Ntrepid Corporation

May 2008 - Today

Chief Scientist for Ntrepid Corporation. Position involves product strategy, security architecture, creating messaging, being the public face of the company in most PR and public speaking.



November 1995 - Today

Technical advising to security companies. Business and fundraising advising to startups of all kinds. Active angel investor.


University of California San Diego

MS (ABD on Ph.D.) - Physics

1991 - 1995

University of California Santa Cruz

BS - Physics

1987 - 1991