With advances in public-key cryptography, biometric authentication, and machine intelligence, Passbase aims to improve the state of privacy and security online by building a full-stack identity solution.
The London-based cybersecurity startup is reimagining identity veriﬁcation by giving individuals ownership of their most sensitive identity data and control over who can access it, while providing businesses with the tools they need to reduce fraud, combat fake accounts, reduce the risk of data breaches, and effortlessly comply with privacy regulations.
Passbase has recently closed a pre-seed round of €530k from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins, EY, Upheaval, and Seedcamp.
With its ﬁrst enterprise product, Passbase aims to revolutionise the $10 billion identity veriﬁcation market by offering developers a simple tool to securely identify their users by combining biometric signatures and veriﬁed government IDs. Taking inspiration from payment provider Stripe, Passbase’s veriﬁcation tool can be integrated in under three minutes.
As a part of the Passbase Beta Program, companies can sign-up to try out the product and receive 1,000 free veriﬁcations. The Passbase team combines experience from Alphabet’s ambitious R&D division GoogleX, biometric authentication company UnifyID, and German growth machine Rocket Internet.
“The digital world we live in is crying out for a better identity system,” said Seedcamp Partner Sia Houchangnia. “Passbase isn’t the ﬁrst company to go after this massive opportunity but we believe with all the recent privacy-related scandals, the timing is right for a decentralized approach to the problem which puts people in control of their most sensitive data. To go after such a huge problem, it requires a stellar team that works 10x harder than the rest and we are conﬁdent we have found just that with Dave, Mathias, and Felix.”
The team plans to launch their consumer product within the next few weeks, which will allow people to track their digital footprint and take back control over the data they have shared with businesses and websites.
“We believe this is the ﬁrst step towards giving people back control over their personal information online,” said Mathias Klenk, Passbase co-founder. “Businesses will always need to identify their users, but with Passbase they can do that in a seamless, privacy-preserving way.”