Our History Our History

Golden Frog was founded in response to Room 641a, an infamous room in San Francisco where the NSA was conducting surveillance on AT&T's networks. We filed papers with the FCC to bring this alarming activity to their attention, but were ignored. Instead of waiting around for the government to protect Internet users, our response was to found Golden Frog to build tools that help preserve an open and secure Internet experience while respecting user privacy.

Golden Frog's founders, Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis, are Internet veterans who have owned and operated Internet businesses since the dawn of the public Internet in 1994 (before the Web!). Their businesses include Texas.net (one of the first 50 ISPs in the United States), Giganews (the world's leading Usenet provider), Data Foundry (data center colocation and managed services) and Golden Frog.

Our Location Our Location

Golden Frog GmbH is incorporated in Switzerland, as Switzerland's favorable privacy laws reflect our mission as a company and respect the rights of Internet users.

Switzerland has a long history of respecting privacy and has established a legal framework to protect it. The right to privacy is guaranteed in Article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution. Privacy protections for online activities are provided for under Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance (DPO). Unlike the data protection legislation of many other countries, the DPA protects both personal data pertaining to natural persons and legal entities.

Switzerland has also established global frameworks and safe harbors with the EU, the United States and other countries, which extend privacy protection beyond its borders. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled in 2010 that IP addresses are personal information, and under Swiss privacy laws they may not be used to track Internet usage without the knowledge of the individuals involved.

We are located in Switzerland where they have favorable privacy laws

Our Vision Our Vision

Peace, Prosperity & the Case for the Open Internet

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Our Core Beliefs Our Core Beliefs

Advocacy is Important

Advocacy is Important

We fight for a free and open Internet, and actively advocate for policies and legislation that support our mission and the technology we create.

Innovation is a Nonstop Process

Innovation is a Nonstop Process

We continually innovate to enhance our services and applications, and to respond to changing Internet restrictions around the world.

Privacy and Security Should be Easy

Privacy and Security Should be Easy

All of our products and services are easy to use and accessible to everyone - not just the technical elite.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters

We offer premium, high-quality products that include 24/7 customer service, apps for all devices and a large suite of features.

Investment Drives Success

Investment Drives Success

Learning from decades of experience, we make the necessary investment to provide a premium service. We own and manage 100% of our own servers, hardware, DNS and network.

Transparency Creates Trust

Transparency Creates Trust

We don't advertise or promise that we can make you anonymous on the Internet, but instead that we'll improve your privacy and security online.

Our Team Our Team

Meet the Golden Frog Team, a group of people who are passionate about privacy, security and a free and open Internet.

  • Michael Douglass

    Michael Douglass

    Co-CTO

    Michael leads the software development teams that build Golden Frog's online privacy services, and has worked at Internet companies for the entirety of his 20+ year career. Michael crafted the first prototype of VyprVPN, is passionate about the US Constitution and believes firmly in every human's self-evident and unalienable right to privacy and security.

  • Phillip Molter

    Philip Molter

    Co-CTO

    Philip drives the technology development and decisions for our products and services, and has over 20 years of experience working with Internet service companies. Philip is responsible for scaling Golden Frog's products and services and designing and implementing new technologies, including VyprVPN's proprietary Chameleon technology.

  • Sunday Yokubaitis

    Sunday Yokubaitis

    President

    Sunday has been president of Golden Frog since its founding in 2009, and guides the company's global strategy and vision. He is proud to work with a passionate team that's committed to delivering a secure and open Internet experience to people around the world.

  • Liz Kintzele

    Liz Kintzele

    VP of Sales

    Liz has been with the company since inception and is passionate about privacy, security and access to a free and open Internet. Liz is focused on building relationships with like-minded companies who share Golden Frog's vision for the Internet, as well as expanding the platforms where Golden Frog services are available.

  • Chris Brennand

    Chris Brennand

    Design Director

    Chris heads up the design team and leads them in designing Golden Frog's websites and products. Chris believes online privacy and security should be easy, and works to ensure that comes through in Golden Frog's approach to design and UX.

  • Jessica Eveslage

    Jessica Eveslage

    Director of Support

    Jessica manages Golden Frog's 24/7 support team and guides customers throughout their lifecycle. Jessica leads the support team in eliminating pain points and continuously improving the customer experience.

  • Chris Marsh

    Chris Marsh

    Director of Operations

    Chris is responsible for Golden Frog's global IT operations and manages all systems, servers and networks. Chris oversees internal IT, as well as Golden Frog's global data centers and monitoring of all the company's systems and service levels.

  • Nick Biedlingmaier

    Nick Biedlingmaier

    Customer Support Manager

    Nick manages Golden Frog's department of customer support agents, and guides the team in offering world-class support to all of Golden Frog's customers. He manages the support site and help center, and enables customers to experience a open and free Internet.

Around The Office Around The Office