Taro Gold

Chief Executive Officer

Averon’s team thrives on creativity, and Taro provides the cohesive leadership that brings together our collective imaginations to make Averon shine. 

His wide range of successes include writing a series of New York Times best-selling books on Eastern wisdom that have been published in seven languages and sold more than two million copies (including Living Wabi Sabi and Open Your Mind, Open Your Life); a popular music career as a singer-songwriter in Japan; and cofounding transformative tech startups in California such as eVoice (acquired by AOL) and Teleo (acquired by Microsoft).

Taro earned the distinction of becoming the first American man to graduate from Soka University of Tokyo, where he studied economics, psychology and philosophy, graduating summa cum laude. His postgraduate education included international relations at the University of Salamanca in Spain, and computer graphics and graphic design at UCLA.

A lifelong vegan, he enjoys practicing yoga, meditating daily, and volunteering for humanitarian and animal welfare charities. He is a frequent speaker, participant and local leader in communities including DLD Munich and Tel Aviv, Burning Man, and the SGI-USA.

Taro’s philanthropic efforts include the private sponsorship of underprivileged students in the US and South America, and he’s a proud founding supporter of The Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention among America’s youth.

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Feb 14, 2019

Bob O’Donnell, founder and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC cites Averon as a potential solution against the increasing regularity of data breaches when introducing emerging data protection methods.


Jan 10, 2019

To better understand why traditional passwords aren't effective at protecting users from cyberattacks, Tech Radar Pro spoke with Averon CEO Wendell Brown.


Dec 10, 2018

Forbes.com quoted Averon CEO Wendell Brown on his preferred strategy for keeping tech team satisfaction high in their article "Seven Strategies For Building Tech Team Morale".


Nov 27, 2018

TechRepublic interviewed Averon CEO Wendell Brown on how our technology, Direct Autonomous Authentication, is taking multi-factor authentication to the next level.


Aug 14, 2018

Wendell Brown explains how attaching a secure certificate to a mobile phone number, user identity can be confirmed to service providers via cryptographically secure “identity messages” in the form of a paired key over a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

Enterprise Times

Apr 20, 2018

Business Leader Interview with Wendell Brown, CEO at Averon


Mar 26, 2018

Averon CEO: Mobilizing The Wireless Identity Network, A Better Way Than 2FA