Startup offers free Internet security service

Startup offers free Internet security service
Startup offers free Internet security service 

By Deborah Gage
Chronicle Staff Writer
July 5, 2008

San Francisco venture capitalists Halsey Minor and Ron Palmeri don't 
wait for entrepreneurs to come to them - they look for big ideas that 
have the power to disrupt lethargic industries and then find people to 
carry them out.

Most recently, they've set their sights on the Internet security 
business, which, despite selling millions of dollars in products each 
year, hasn't been able to stem the tide of malicious software code.

San Francisco startup OpenDNS is trying to change the industry landscape 
by giving away its computer security service. As an added benefit, it 
speeds up the Web experience. And all the time, the service is becoming 
smarter with input from 50,000 of its 4 million users - some of them 
network administrators - who suggest new features and identify Internet 
sites to avoid.

OpenDNS is typical of the companies funded by Minor Ventures, which 
installs them in its Fremont Street offices and offers coaching and 
administrative support.


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