myHUB Member Spotlight: Winston Privacy
Imagine a time where software services that were originally created to protect customers are now the same services distributing customer’s private information. That time is now.
Winston Privacy, an innovative internet privacy company founded in 2018 by Richard Stokes, was developed to protect our internet users during a time where IoT privacy is as questionable as ever. From hidden mics in home security devices and an epidemic of internet hacks, to private user information being sold by companies we’re told to trust, our personal lives are becoming publicly available at a rate never seen before. Winston Privacy was established with a clear mission: to help Internet users take back control over their personal information.
Where did your idea and value proposition start?According to a recent PEW Research study, 80% of social media users are concerned about advertisers and businesses accessing the data they share. To help combat the abuse of personal information, we created a hardware device that provides households with easy-to-use internet security by stripping away corporate tracking and surveillance.
What led you to mHUB?As an mHUB member since October 2017, I joined the community to gain access to an office space and the network I needed to build a hardware tech product. Since joining, I’ve not only built a product, but a business with over 3,000 units ready to be shipped.
How has your business grown?We started off as an idea in 2017, then began prototyping and establishing our supply chain in early 2018. In February 2019, we launched our first field trial, then followed with a larger trial in March. We’re now at a point where we have a significant number of units in use and continue to gather feedback. With the closing of our Kickstarter at the end of June 2019, we’re expecting to ship more than 3,000 units. Winston Privacy began at mHUB as just an idea and has since grown to become a successful business. With mHUB’s unique focus on hardware tech development, we turned to its network of professionals with valuable experience in hardware for advice and direction.
What’s next for Winston Privacy?We’re completing an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign with more than $300,000 raised at the time of this article, fulfilling our goal by more than 1500%. The campaign will close on June 30, 2019. Once finalized, we will focus efforts on growing the business and expanding production.