Anonybit Raises Additional $3 Million to Revolutionize Identity Management With Privacy-by-Design Decentralized Biometrics
Seed Extension Round Led By JAM FINTOP Brings the Total Raised to $8M, Enabling Further Push for its Flagship Anonybit Genie Product into Key Enterprise Market Segments
With More Than 422 Million Victims of Identity Theft Last Year, Global Cybercrime Costs Are Expected To Reach $10.5 Trillion Per Year By 2025, Signifying Urgency for New Approaches to Authenticate Users, Combat Data Breaches and Account Takeover Attacks
NEW YORK AND TEL AVIV, (October 17, 2023) - Anonybit, an innovator in decentralized biometric authentication and data protection, has secured an additional $3 million funding round led by JAM FINTOP with participation from Connecticut Innovations and 4S Bay Partners, the family office of Jessica Sarowitz and Steve Sarowitz, increasing its total funds raised to $8 million. This additional investment will accelerate Anonybit’s mission to provide privacy-by-design identity management solutions to enterprises that are looking for new ways to authenticate users in order to avoid account takeover attacks and data breaches.
Anonybit's patent-pending technology enables the distributed storage and processing of biometrics and other personal data. The company’s flagship product, the Anonybit Genie, unifies the identity lifecycle, connecting digital onboarding to authentication and account recovery through the use of decentralized biometrics along the user journey. This innovative approach can prevent synthetic identity fraud and account takeovers, supporting a wide range of enterprise use cases.
“Anonybit’s unique, enterprise-grade technology enables banks and other enterprises to safely and compliantly leverage biometric data to authenticate users. With cybercrime a persistent and growing threat, we believe deploying enhanced methods of authentication will become table stakes for banks,” said Ryan Zacharia, Managing Partner at JAM FINTOP. “We have been impressed by the Anonybit team’s deep industry experience, as well as the company’s traction with identity verification providers and other industry partners that service banks."
The team is led by Frances Zelazny, Co-Founder & CEO, a recognized digital identity expert and market strategist with nearly 25 years of experience in biometrics, fraud prevention and payments, and Yaron Azizi, Co-Founder & Chief Architect, alumni of the prestigious 8200 unit within the Israel Defense Force and initial architect of the BioCatch and Tapingo (acquired by Grubhub) platforms.
“We all read the headlines and continue to be alarmed by the rapid pace of increased fraud, which suggests that existing solutions are mere bandaids,” said Frances Zelazny, Anonybit Co-Founder and CEO. “When thinking about the root cause, it boils down to two things. Personal data is stored in central honeypots that are impossible to protect and we allow the use of this data to authenticate ourselves. It’s a never-ending cycle. Many players in the industry aim to expand their offerings to address more comprehensive use cases in identity, but only Anonybit can get us out of the current paradigm by making it safe to store biometrics. This key differentiator is crucial for account recovery and eliminates the need to fall back on inferior, knowledge-based authenticators, passwords and more, whether online, in a branch, at a call center or in a chat channel.”
Zelazny adds, “This funding round validates our vision and gives us the resources to propel the next stage of our growth and deliver on the promise of privacy and security with no tradeoffs.”
Alongside the funding, joining the team as Chief Revenue Officer is another industry veteran with significant cryptography, cybersecurity and startup experience, Limor Elbaz, best known for her sales leadership at Imperva and Peerlyst; and joining as a new member of the Advisory Board is Cybercrime and Fraud Expert Al Pascual, former industry analyst at Javelin Research and co-founder of Breach Clarity that was recently acquired by TransUnion.
“Having dedicated a substantial portion of my career to the field of fraud and identity, I've witnessed numerous solutions that often feel like reactionary fixes,” said Al Pascual. “Anonybit, however, stands out as a pioneering solution that gets to the root cause of the problem, helping to ensure that people really are who they claim to be across the user journey, eliminating the gaps that attackers exploit. I am excited to be joining a team with a proven track record in this industry and I am eager to leverage my expertise to help promote this pioneering technology so it is adopted as quickly as possible.”
For more information about Anonybit and its innovative privacy-centric identity management solutions, please visit Anonybit's website.
Anonybit is an award-winning, patented decentralized biometrics infrastructure (not blockchain) that protects personal data and digital assets. The company's flagship integrated identity management platform, the Genie, is the first privacy-by-design offering that connects the entire use lifecycle, from digital onboarding to authentication, closing the gaps that attackers exploit. The Anonybit Genie has been adopted by leading enterprises around the world to prevent synthetic identity and account takeover fraud. For more information, visit anonybit.io.
ABOUT JAM FINTOP
JAM FINTOP is a joint venture between JAM Special Opportunity Ventures and FINTOP Capital. The partnership brings together bank experts and seasoned fintech entrepreneurs to invest in companies changing the way financial institutions and their customers move, track, and interact with money. For more information, visit jamfintop.com.
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Connecticut Innovations (CI) is Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm and the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies. CI provides venture capital and strategic support for early-stage technology companies, financial support for innovation and collaboration, and connections to its well-established network of partners and professionals. For more information, visit ctinnovations.com.
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4S Bay Partners LLC is a single-family office that strives to eliminate prejudice and the inequities of our society. We partner with community to create economic opportunities and amplify storytelling of, for, and about marginalized communities. We achieve our mission by deploying creative private capital investments. For more information, visit 4sbay.com.