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John Bruce

CEO and Co-founder

With a background as both a founder and an executive at global tech firms, John is uniquely qualified to help engineer the next phase of the web alongside his co-founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee. He brings to bear decades of successful business leadership and experience creating new markets around innovative software. Prior to partnering with Tim, he was the co-founder and CEO of Resilient, now an IBM company, that developed a new approach to cybersecurity. Through Resilient and four other successful startups, John has experienced first-hand the strategic challenges that the current structure of the web causes for users, developers and organizations around the world.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee

CTO and Co-founder

Named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,’ Tim invented the web while at CERN in 1989. He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards forum for technical development of the Web, and the Web Foundation whose mission is that the World Wide Web serves Humanity. He co-founded and is President of the Open Data Institute in London. Tim is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Computer Science and AI Lab ("CSAIL”) where his research group works to re-decentralize the web. In April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the Turing Prize which is considered the "Nobel Prize of Computing”. Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the web.

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Bruce Schneier

Chief of Security Architecture

Bruce is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by the Economist. He is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 books -- including Click Here to Kill Everybody -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org.

"We are stretching authentication and web security protocols in ways that have never been done before and using them in ways that haven’t been considered yet. This isn’t just people authentication but machine authentication.”

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Davi Ottenheimer

VP of Trust and Digital Ethics

Davi in the last two years led development of client-side field-level encryption in a non-relational database. He brings 25+ years’ experience as a head of security and trust managing global security engineering, operations and assessments, and over a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. Davi has helped serve customer data protection needs across many industries including data storage and management, software, investment, banking, international retail, as well as higher education, healthcare and aerospace.

“Inrupt is at the forefront of adapting and applying security models that directly preserve human rights and freedoms, helping to ensure we can achieve a truly trusted and respected web.”

Osmar Olivo

Osmar Olivo

VP of Product

Osmar is an experienced Product Management leader with a demonstrated history focusing on core platforms in the enterprise and open source space. Prior to joining inrupt, Osmar has been at the forefront of cutting edge work in distributed databases, service infrastructure management, and developer tooling. Throughout his career, osmar has worked in and partnered with organizations across a wide range of verticals, including highly regulated and secure industries.

"The world is changing and existing technologies aren’t designed to solve these kinds of problems. Everyone else is retrofitting for a safer world, Inrupt is building one."

Emmet Townsend

Emmet Townsend

VP of Engineering

Emmet is a technology leader with 25 years experience of delivering software solutions across a range of industry sectors and in companies ranging from startups to large global multinationals. With a background in software engineering and architecture Emmet works closely with engineering teams to deliver enterprise grade solutions with an emphasis on the needs of highly available, secure, real time products and services.

"The web is already woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. By enabling people to control the use of their data, and enabling innovative and interoperable apps, we will enrich that fabric, creating experiences beyond anything seen to date.”

Team and Partners


Worldwide Team

Worldwide Team

From backgrounds in startups, science, academia, government, journalism, enterprise technology, and open source software, Inrupters have come together to push the web forward.

Though young, Inrupt is already a global business. We have team members in Boston, New York, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berne, Oslo, Toulouse, and probably several more places by the time you read this.

We continue to seek this blend of backgrounds and cultures because it makes Inrupt stronger, smarter, and more resilient — not to mention a more interesting place to work! We're always looking to add talented and motivated people, so please see our Careers page or send us a note at jobs@inrupt.com.

Partner Ecosystem

Partner Ecosystem

For Inrupt to succeed in sparking a new era of the web, we'll need to cooperate with organizations, leaders, and individuals from all over the world. We're delighted to already be building strong bonds with people who can bring a valuable new lens to our vision.

Our growing collective of partners includes the media pros at InkHouse and the researchers at the Ghent University, as well as innovative organizations already embracing our technology and helping to shape its future. Together, we can usher in a new era of creativity, opportunity, and market-shaping competition.

To learn more about how to work together with Inrupt, please send see our Contact page or send a note to info@inrupt.com.

Board of Directors


Rudina Seseri

Rudina Seseri


Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, leading the firm’s investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled enterprise software as a service (SaaS), cloud, Information Technology (IT) software, and vertical markets. Rudina has led investments and held Board of Directors roles at ChaosSearch, CloudTruth, inrupt, Navigant (acquired by Veritas), Plannuh, Talla, Verusen, Zylotech, Celtra, CrowdTwist (acquired by Oracle), and SocialFlow.

Read more about Glasswing Ventures here.

Scott English

Scott English


Scott English is Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Investments for Hearst Ventures and pursues strategic investments and acquisitions for Hearst in digital media. English has invested in, and served as a board director or observer of over 20 companies. Most recently, English led the investments in portfolio companies Drone Racing League, Spartan Race, BuzzFeed, ShareCare, Pandora, Brightcove, Sling Media and WideOrbit. His primary focus is on Hearst’s investments in the United States.

Read more about Hearst Ventures here.

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