Lance Cottrell

San Francisco, California, US

Board Member, Advisor, Mentor, Angel Investor, Security Strategist, & Public Speaker
Lance's Skills
Product Management

Age Group


About Lance

Lance Cottrell founded Anonymizer in 1995, and is an internationally recognized expert in cryptography, online privacy, and Internet security. He is principal author on multiple Internet privacy and security technology patents. He took Anonymizer to a very successful exit in 2008, stayed on as chief scientist of the acquiring company Ntrepid, and now advises startups through He frequently speaks at major conferences and writes for numerous publications. He also consults and invests through He holds a MS in Physics from the University of California, San Deigo and a BS in Physics from the Universtiy 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 2017

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 - December 2019

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.


Feel the Boot

April 2019 - Today

Helping entrepreneurs go from overwhelmed founder to successful CEO through free online training and individual advising.

Strategic Advisor

Ntrepid LLC

December 2019 - Today

Advising the Ntrepid C-Suite on corporate strategy, product strategy, and security strategy.

Board Member

North Bay Angels

May 2015 - Today

The North Bay Angels (NBA) is the oldest and largest angel investment group north of the Golden Gate. We are an active investor group who invests primarily in early stage equity and venture debt, where our participation will have an impact on the success of the company. We also consider current return opportunities.

Board of Directors


May 2017 - Today

Investor and BoD member at Scollar, makers of the first modular smart collar platform for pets and livestock.



January 2020 - Today

Advising the founders on business, security, go to market, and fundraising.


University of California San Diego

MS (ABD on Ph.D.) - Physics

1991 - 1995

University of California Santa Cruz

BS - Physics

1987 - 1991