Tech Luminaries Esther Dyson and K.V. Rao Join Averon Advisory Board

SAN FRANCISCOJuly 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Averon today proudly announced two prominent technology industry luminaries, Esther Dyson and K.V. Rao, have joined the Averon Advisory Board. Tech analyst, investor and philanthropist Esther Dyson and entrepreneur and investor K.V. Rao bring impressive insight and credentials to Averon’s already stellar Advisory Board.

“Averon is working hard to manage the conflicting requirements of privacy, transparency and security in the real world,” Dyson said. “I know that cybersecurity is everchanging, and I look forward to figuring out new, robust approaches fast enough to keep us ahead in the game.” Dyson, executive founder of Wellville, a health nonprofit, is a well-known tech analyst and angel investor with a bent for thinking beyond the short term. She served as chairman of both the Electronic Frontier Foundation (mid-90s) and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, 1998–2000). Describing herself as fascinated by new business models, new technologies and new markets both economically and politically, Dyson sits on the boards of companies and organizations that include 23andMe, Luxoft, Wellpass, ExpandED Schools and the Long Now Foundation. In 1996, she wrote the visionary book “Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age” on the emerging world of the internet and important issues Averon is now addressing, including privacy, security and anonymity.

K.V. Rao, founder of Aviso, was also the co-founder and president of Zuora, a celebrated Silicon Valley unicorn that recently enjoyed a successful IPO. “Our digital lives are fully intertwined with our everyday existence,” Rao said, “and our sense of both safety and freedom in digital interactions is crucial. Averon’s innovations to seamlessly fortify identity verification is transformative in many ways. The rockstar team at Averon has created a most elegant solution to one of the defining problems of our times, and I’m honored and delighted to share in their mission.”

Previously, Rao directed technology development and strategy at WebEx, which was acquired by network giant Cisco. He also worked for SGI. He started his career as the proverbial rocket scientist, developing technology for NASA and General Motors.

Esther Dyson and K.V. Rao are shining examples of what makes the technology industry so great,” said Lea Tarnowski, president, COO and co-founder of Averon. “Admired the world over, they have both consistently provided sparks to illuminate their colleagues’ vision and achievement of ambitious goals. We are inspired by these two great leaders, and it’s a privilege for Averon to count them among our trusted advisors.”

Averon’s other extraordinarily talented Advisory Board members include:

  • Sheila Marcelo, founder, chair and CEO
  • Emily Ward, former vice president and worldwide chief technology counsel for eBay and PayPal, and co-founder of ChIPs, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in law and technology
  • John Hjelmstad, WeWork vice president of engineering and former head of Google Identity
  • James Kondo, former vice president of Twitter and chair of Twitter Japan
  • Professor John M. Smith, a top expert on cryptography and cybersecurity, and the Olga & Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering, Applied Science & CIS at UPenn
  • Ruvan Cohen, former managing director of Citibank’s global credit card business

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About Averon

Averon‘s mission is to help the entire digital world Be Authentic. Averon is the developer of the world’s first fully automatic and ultra-secure mobile identity verification standard, which works seamlessly whether users are on WiFi or LTE. Protected by 25 patents, Averon’s conversion-increasing innovations authenticate users by leveraging real-time mobile network signaling and hardware already contained in every smartphone. Averon is trusted by the world’s leading rideshare and transportation services, digital currencies, cryptocurrency wallets and global telecommunications companies to provide the most elegant user experience with the highest caliber security. Averon requires no installations, zero effort by users and doesn’t rely on personally identifiable information, making it the most private security solution across the digital realm, from banking and ecommerce to fraud prevention in ticketing and bot commerce. Averon can also authenticate IoT devices, including connected locks on homes and vehicles. Live on all US wireless service providers, Averon makes it easy to Be Authentic and stay effortlessly protected while connected. For more information, visit

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