AMA: Jan Piotrowski, Des Martin and Brad Flora, Business Development at Brave — Apr. 10, 2019

Hello, I’m Jan!

Grew up outside NY and blindly came to California for college, assuming that all of the state was a beach (I’d never visited before) and everyone listened to the Beach Boys (my favorite band at the time). Neither turned out to be true. Became the only Stanford freshman (that year) to enroll in a Gregorian chanting seminar and seriously consider a career in chant (ever). Made the hard transition from Medieval Studies to Industrial Engineering and tearfully abandoned the aforementioned chanting aspirations. Graduated with some engineering credentials to my name…only to try my hand at media planning…and then investment banking…and then — proving I had no direction in life — VC. Met the Brave team while investing, loved the story, and joined a year ago.

At Brave, I mostly help chase, close, and build partnerships with publishers and tech platforms of all types. I play a lot in Excel and PowerPoint, but get antsy using them on a Mac. Gregorian Chanting was easier.

Hello, I’m Des!

Hailing from Dublin Ireland, but now living in London.

I guess I have always been somewhat entrepreneurial. When I was a kid I turned our back garden into an amusement park and charged all the local kids entrance. A seminal moment of my childhood was unwrapping a ZX Spectrum one Christmas. This started a love affair with technology and later a fascination with the Web. These days, I am excited to be part of a team that is building a more equitable web.

Before joining Brave my experience was mostly in digital marketing. I founded The Search Mill, a digital agency. I then went on to be the Head of Marketing for Qualtrics EMEA, CMO at nearForm and Marketing Director at Perkbox. I oversaw sizeable ad spend. This gave me a marketers perspective on privacy and digital advertising. The average web user would be shocked by how much of their personal data is available online.

My role at Brave is as a Director of Business Development for EMEA. At present, most of my time is spent developing partnerships with publishers in Europe and

meeting and growing the Brave and BAT community. Also helping to communicate the value of Brave and BAT to businesses and the mainstream.

Brad is on the business development team at Brave where he helps companies learn about Brave and build partnerships that put Brave in front of their customers. Prior to this he co-founded Perfect Audience, an ad retargeting platform for SaaS companies and online retailers acquired by Marin Software in 2014. Brad’s experience running a behavioral advertising company opened his eyes to how privacy-invasive much of the digital ad industry is. He believes Brave is one of the few startups actually able to and trying to make a dent in the surveillance economy. Brad is an active startup Angel Investor and lives in San Francisco with his wife and 5-month old son.

Read the full AMA here.

AMA: Holli Bohren, Brave’s Chief Financial Officer — Mar. 27, 2019

Holli Bohren is Brave’s CFO, with over 20 years’ experience heading up finance in a full time or consulting CFO capacity for over 50 venture-backed startups. She supports the management team and board to transform the business vision into reality and successful exits.

At Brave, Holli oversees the development of the company’s accounting systems foreign and domestic, financial planning, cash forecasting, controls, and HR processes.

Successful growth, fund raising, and exits she has supported cover a wide range of early stage companies, from the scale of rapidly growing Series C+ companies with tens of millions in revenue to brand-new ventures being born and exiting within 2 years on early revenue traction.

She holds a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and MBA from the MIT Sloan School. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA, inactive).

Read the full AMA here.

AMA: Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist — Feb. 20, 2019

Ben Livshits is Chief Scientist for Brave Software (https://brave.com/), the company behind the Brave browser, a fast, open source, privacy-focused browser that blocks intrusive ads and trackers. He is also a Reader at Imperial College London and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. Previously, he was a research scientist at Microsoft Research. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2006. Ben’s research interests include application of sophisticated static and dynamic analysis techniques to finding errors in programs. Ben has published papers at PLDI, POPL, Oakland Security, Usenix Security, CCS, SOSP, ICSE, FSE, and many other venues. He is the author of over 100 academic papers, dozens of patents, and multiple tech transfer awards for bringing research into practice.

Read the full AMA here.

Upcoming AMA with Des Martin, Brad Flora, and Jan Piotrowski, Business Development at Brave: Wednesday, Apr. 10th, 2019 @ 9:30-10:30AM PT on r/BATProject

Hello, I’m Des!

Hailing from Dublin Ireland, but now living in London.

I guess I have always been somewhat entrepreneurial. When I was a kid I turned our back garden into an amusement park and charged all the local kids entrance. A seminal moment of my childhood was unwrapping a ZX Spectrum one Christmas. This started a love affair with technology and later a fascination with the Web. These days, I am excited to be part of a team that is building a more equitable web.

Before joining Brave my experience was mostly in digital marketing. I founded The Search Mill, a digital agency. I then went on to be the Head of Marketing for Qualtrics EMEA, CMO at nearForm and Marketing Director at Perkbox. I oversaw sizeable ad spend. This gave me a marketers perspective on privacy and digital advertising. The average web user would be shocked by how much of their personal data is available online.

My role at Brave is as a Director of Business Development for EMEA. At present, most of my time is spent developing partnerships with publishers in Europe and meeting and growing the Brave and BAT community. Also helping to communicate the value of Brave and BAT to businesses and the mainstream.

Brad is on the business development team at Brave where he helps companies learn about Brave and build partnerships that put Brave in front of their customers. Prior to this he co-founded Perfect Audience, an ad retargeting platform for SaaS companies and online retailers acquired by Marin Software in 2014. Brad’s experience running a behavioral advertising company opened his eyes to how privacy-invasive much of the digital ad industry is. He believes Brave is one of the few startups actually able to and trying to make a dent in the surveillance economy. Brad is an active startup Angel Investor and lives in San Francisco with his wife and 5-month old son.

Hello, I’m Jan!

Grew up outside NY and blindly came to California for college, assuming that all of the state was a beach (I’d never visited before) and everyone listened to the Beach Boys (my favorite band at the time). Neither turned out to be true. Became the only Stanford freshman (that year) to enroll in a Gregorian chanting seminar and seriously consider a career in chant (ever). Made the hard transition from Medieval Studies to Industrial Engineering and tearfully abandoned the aforementioned chanting aspirations. Graduated with some engineering credentials to my name…only to try my hand at media planning…and then investment banking…and then — proving I had no direction in life — VC. Met the Brave team while investing, loved the story, and joined a year ago.

At Brave, I mostly help chase, close, and build partnerships with publishers and tech platforms of all types. I play a lot in Excel and PowerPoint, but get antsy using them on a Mac. Gregorian Chanting was easier.

Ask us anything!

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The AMA will be held on r/BATProject, Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 from 9:30 – 10:30AM Pacific time.

Please leave your questions for Des, Brad and, and Jan in the comments section of this thread or in the comments below this post. Questions will be collected, vetted and posted by your host, u/CryptoJennie, while the event is live (with credit to the OP). Questions that come in on the day of as comments in the live AMA thread will be of second priority.

See you there!

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See our latest AMA with Holli Bohren from March 27th, 2019 here.



BAT Community Weekly Update: 03/29/2019 to 04/05/2019 — Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta, Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads, Luke Mulks presents at the Never Stop Marketing webinar (video)

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Big thanks to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta!

Our beta channel now features Brave Ads for testing. Users can opt-in to view private ads via Brave Rewards, and will be able to claim BAT accumulated for having viewed ads.

Download Brave Beta here.

If you’re an advertiser that’s interested in joining our Brave Ads Wait List.

For more information about testing in our Brave Ads Preview, click here.

Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads!

Brave Sync is now available in today’s Brave for iOS release (version 1.9). Already a feature in the Brave desktop browser and Brave for Android app, Brave Sync for iOS enables users to automatically sync browsing data between devices running the Brave browser.Brave Sync currently supports bookmarks. Other data such as tabs, history, passwords, autofill, as well as Brave Rewards, will be available in the coming months.

Read the full post here.

BLOG: Formal GDPR complaint against IAB Europe’s “cookie wall” and GDPR consent guidance

A formal complaint has been filed with the Irish Data Protection Commission against IAB Europe, the tracking industry’s primary lobbying organization.Dr Johnny Ryan filed the formal complaint with the Irish privacy watchdog against IAB Europe’s use of an unlawful “cookie wall” on its website. Dr Ryan is the Chief Policy & Industry Officer of Brave, the privacy web browser co-founded by Brendan Eich, the inventor of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla and Firefox.

Visitors to IAB Europe’s website, www.iabeurope.eu, are confronted with a “cookie wall” that forces them to accept tracking by Google, Facebook, and others, which may then monitor them. Dr. Ryan has complained to the Irish Data Protection Commission that this is a breach of the GDPR, which protects people in Europe from being forced to accept processing for their data for any purpose other than the provision of the requested service.

Read the full post here.

COMMUNITY: Pledge your support to your favorite sites and creators with BAT!

In the past, members of the community have leveraged social media to gain the attention of creators for whom they had pledged their support. Leon Lush, a popular YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers, is one example of a creator who verified with Brave after being tweeted by a fan about the Brave browser, BAT, and how they could benefit him.

If one person was able to get Leon’s attention by tweeting him, imagine what the BAT community could accomplish by banding together!

Read the full post here.

VIDEO: Luke Mulks discusses how BAT & Brave are reducing ad fraud at the Never Stop Marketing Research webinar (April 3, 2019)

Luke’s presentation begins around 14:30. 😉


Client Updates

New Brave client releases:

Release Channel v0.62.50

In this release, we’ve added Widevine support for Linux (#413), added social media blocking for Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook (#3489), fixed issue where users couldn’t create Brave wallet (#3046), fixed monthly tips not being displayed in summary when accessing from tip panel (#3177) and much more!

For the complete list of additions and fixes, click here.

Beta Channel v0.63.31

Dev Channel v0.64.36

iOS release v1.9.1, now with Brave Sync! Brave Sync now lets you sync your bookmarks — with total privacy, even from Brave. We’ve also made a whole bunch of smaller improvements all over the place.

Android release v1.0.89-rc.2
Upgraded to Chromium 73.0.3683.90.
Added menu to disable bottom toolbar.

Brave Team Tweets

Brave Beta: Now with Private Ads!


Self-serve buying in the platform in the works.


Sampson tipping the content he loves.


Brave, BAT, and a bat.


Woot woot! 100,000 addresses


Zuck is a little late.


Check out Johnny’s article in The Register.


Now it’s easy to block those sneaky social media logins and embeds.


New additions in v0.62.50!


When are new geographic areas coming to Brave Ads?


The Irish Times talks about Johnny’s filed complaint against the IAB


BAT/Brave in the News

BAT Q1 2019 Partnerships That Puts It Ahead Of Its Competitors

BAT growth experienced notable growth in 2018, with the Brave browser surpassing 5.5 million monthly active users at the end of 2018 compared to 1 million monthly active users at the start of the year. The speed of the desktop app was increased by 22%, and the platform grew the number of verified users to 7 times what it was at the beginning of the year. The project also developed new partnerships such as Dow Jones Media Group, Townsquare, Civic, Qwant and HTC.

In 2019, the project has begun on a good foot with the Brave browser reaching 20 million downloads on Android. The project also secured new partnerships in 2019 with Tap Network and Cheddar.

Read the full text here.


Fortune favours the Brave: Privacy browser chap takes gripes over adtech body’s website to Irish data watchdog

Adtech industry body IAB Europe is facing down another data protection complaint from Brave browser bod Johnny Ryan, this time over the all-encompassing cookie wall stalking its site.

The complaint, filed today in Ryan’s home nation of Ireland, seeks to win a long-running argument between privacy activists and the tracking industry over methods employed to force users to choose between cookies and accessing a website.

Read the full text here.

News You Should Know

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more than 540 million records — including comments, likes, reactions, account names and more — stored on the Amazon S3 storage server without a password, allowing anyone to access the data.

Read the full text here.

Roaring Fans


From Reddit:

The Brave Browser is a safer and faster Chrome alternative

10 Days as the default browser and already saved 10 minutes of my life. Thank you, Brave.

Pledge your support to your favorite sites and creators with BAT

Supporting your favorite websites and content creators with BAT is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Here’s how:

  1. While browsing on your favorite websites, expand the BAT menu from the URL bar and click the “Send a Tip” button.
  2. Select the amount for your tip from the tipping banner.
  3. Click “Send my Tip”.

Tips to Brave-verified sites and creators will show up in their Publisher Dashboard almost instantly. Each month, all the tips they’ve accrued from fans and subscribers will be automatically deposited into their linked Uphold account. They can then use your tips to keep creating the content you love!

For a complete list of Brave-verified publishers and creators, visit BATGrowth. To discover verified creators by category, visit GiveBAT. To discover new verified creators, visit The Daily BAT on YouTube or r/BATProjectCreators.

If your creator of choice is not already verified with the Brave Rewards program, you can still pledge your support!

Any BAT you tip a creator who has not yet verified with Brave Rewards will remain in your browser. Over the next 90 days, your browser will periodically check to see whether your creator has verified so it can send off your tip. (You can use this period of time to reach out to the creator by tweeting them, emailing them, or contacting them via their website to let them know about BAT & Brave, and that they have some BAT awaiting them!)

For more information about what happens to your BAT contribution if a site or creator is not yet part of the Brave Rewards program, please see our FAQ.

In the past, members of the community have leveraged social media to gain the attention of creators for whom they had pledged their support. Leon Lush, a popular YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers, is one example of a creator who verified with Brave after being tweeted by a fan about the Brave browser, BAT, and how they could benefit him.

See the tweets by a community member that got Leon’s attention:

Unhappy with YouTube
A new way to monetize content
Leveraging social media
Getting verified is super easy
Victory lap! 
Victory lap! 

If one person was able to get Leon’s attention by tweeting him, imagine what the BAT community could accomplish by banding together!

What are some sites you would like to see verified with Brave? YouTubers? Twitch streamers? Let us know in the comments and let’s start a community wave! Let’s get your favorite content creators verified!

Brave Ads are now available for testing in Brave Beta!

Starting today, our beta channel now features Brave Ads for testing. Users can opt-in to view private ads via Brave Rewards, and will be able to claim BAT accumulated for having viewed ads.

Brave Beta is an early preview for new versions of Brave. This build showcases the newest advances that we’re bringing to your browser and it’s ready for your daily use. Brave Beta automatically sends us crash reports when things go wrong.

Download Brave Beta here: https://brave.com/download-beta/

Brave Sync Now Available for iPhones and iPads

Brave Sync is now available in today’s Brave for iOS release (version 1.9). Already a feature in the Brave desktop browser and Brave for Android app, Brave Sync for iOS enables users to automatically sync browsing data between devices running the Brave browser.

Brave Sync currently supports bookmarks. Other data such as tabs, history, passwords, autofill, as well as Brave Rewards, will be available in the coming months.

Read the full blog post here: https://brave.com/brave-sync-ios/

Retrospective: BAT Community’s 24 Hours of BAT, a Day of Global Meetups

On October 16th 2018, the BAT Community held their first 24 Hours of BAT event, where BAT Regional Leaders in different parts hosted meetups in their countries over the course of a 24-hour period. There were meetups held in 9 locations, including Canada (Montreal + Toronto), The United States, Indonesia, France, Spain, Colombia, Brazil, and Australia! The event was a major success and we could not be more proud of our Regional Leaders for pulling it off! 

The idea was to create a BAT/Brave wave—to flood our social media accounts and pages with as much content and activity as possible (photos, videos, live streams) of our Regional Leaders around the world getting out in their local community and spreading the word about BAT and Brave!

See a few tweets/pics from the event below:

Also be sure to check out the posts under the #24HoursOfBAT hashtag on Twitter! 

We plan to make 24 Hours of BAT a recurring event with more regional groups joining in as our community grows and expands!

If you are interested in becoming a Regional Leader or hosting BAT/Brave meetups in your area, please e-mail: jennie@brave.com.

AMA: Tom Lowenthal, Privacy & Security Product Manager at Brave — Jan. 16, 2019

Well fancy meeting you here. You’re looking great today; did you do something with your hair? I’m Tom Lowenthal, Brave’s PM for privacy & security, and I have opinions.

Afternoon tea should include clotted cream, not whipped butter. The world needs more houses, more healthcare, and fewer billionaires and cops. Twitter’s techno-hipster decaf little sibling Mastodon is the future even though I can’t resist the original’s trash fire. Your website needs HTTPS & 2FA and you should support local journalism. Dark grey is the best color but purple is the best *color* color. PGP is garbage and it should feel bad. You should read my second favorite book The Traitor Baru Cormorant but you shouldn’t talk to cops.

I grew up in one of the most-surveilled societies in the world. In London, you’re caught on surveillance cameras hundreds of times a day. When I was a kid, the UK had about a third of the world’s CCTV cameras — but less than one percent of the people. I started out on online privacy early. I saved a few computers from the trash (“rubbish” in the Old Tongue) and recycled them into a Tor relay run out of my bedroom.

Things got more exciting at university, where my hobby of running circumvention tech infrastructure from my dorm room occasionally put me at odds with the powers that be. I planned to get a computer science engineering degree, but found my policy classes more interesting and ended up with a major in politics and minors in computer science and information technology policy.

My professional life has involved working on a couple of browsers. I spent a few years on the privacy and policy team at Mozilla and a while more at the Tor Project. More recently, I was the first staff technologist at the Committee to Protect Journalists. I taught journalists how to protect themselves from scary adversaries, and contributed to the SecureDrop whistleblower submission system with the Freedom of the Press Foundation. In between, I’ve been an EMT, a rock-climbing instructor, a tech journalist, and a hiking guide.

I started working on Brave’s security & privacy team at the beginning of 2018. I’m now product manager for privacy and security. I shepherd security and privacy features and changes from their early stages until you finally see them in the browser.

See the full AMA here.