Veriff

The Veriff Story

It all started with the realization companies don’t have a handle on online ID checks. Now we help businesses of all sizes verify the person behind the account.

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The journey towards a single digital identity

Connecting companies with honest people is just the first step. One day the world will be ready for a single digital identity that transcends borders, and gives people rightful ownership of their data. Until then, our identity verification flows are there to nip fraud in the bud. No device, browser, market, or language left behind.

Kaarel and Janer in Y Combinator
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It began with a blue string

Kaarel and Janer in Y Combinator

Growing up on a farm, hay bales were a staple of Kaarel Kotkas’s childhood. At the age of 14, he noticed that the strings that bound them did not biodegrade, and often ended up littered across the fields of the otherwise pristine landscape of rural Estonia.

Kaarel set out to find an environmentally-friendly alternative, and after browsing the web he came across the perfect string (it also came in his favorite color). As he registered an account on arguably the biggest global online marketplace, he was asked to verify that he was over 18. After a little photo editing, he breezed through their security and was able to buy the string.

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While his mission was a success, Kaarel couldn’t stop thinking about how easy it was to pretend to be someone else online. If successful companies are this vulnerable to fraud, then smaller businesses don’t stand a chance. This early experience planted the seed that would one day grow into Veriff.

Kaarel founded Veriff in 2015 at the age of 20. Shortly after, it popped up on the global radar and in 2018 it joined the Y Combinator spring batch. Fast forward to now, Veriff has over 500 employees and serves over 190 countries as the gold standard for online identity verification.

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Meet the Management team

Kaarel Kotkas
Kaarel Kotkas

Founder and Chief Executing Officer

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Janer Gorohhov
Janer Gorohhov

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

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Jaanus Kivistik
Jaanus Kivistik

Chief Technology Officer

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Indrek Heinloo
Indrek Heinloo

Chief Operating Officer

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Amish Mody
Amish Mody

Chief Financial Officer

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Caroline Mogford
Caroline Mogford

Chief Marketing Officer

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Byron Fehler
Byron Fehler

Senior Vice President of Commercial

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Tiit Paananen
Tiit Paananen

Vice President of Engineering

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Kristina Lilleõis
Kristina Lilleõis

Vice President of People

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Duncan Steblyna
Duncan Steblyna

Vice President of Product

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Ulla Helm
Ulla Helm

Vice President of Legal and Compliance

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Kreet Prants
Kreet Prants

Vice President of Verifications

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Brian Krause
Brian Krause

Vice President of Global Revenue

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Meet the board

Jules Maltz
Jules Maltz

General Partner at IVP

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Matt Weigand
Matt Weigand

Partner at Accel

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Simon Levene
Simon Levene

Co-founder and Partner, Mosaic Ventures

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Taavet Hinrikus
Taavet Hinrikus

Angel investor

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Our lead investors

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We are always on the lookout for like-minded Veriffians to join our mission. If defeating online fraud is a topic close to your heart, we want to hear from you.

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A new expression for Veriff: the story behind our enhanced brand identity  

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