Austin Texas Privacy Startup Osano

The Osano Story

Deep in the heart of Texas, a world changing company was born.

Our Story

The Era of Privacy

The Internet has been the wild west of data sharing. Now we are in the early days of the next era of the Internet, where privacy comes first.

Do Good and Do Well

Building a company does not have to mean profit at all costs. Osano exists to serve the public, our customers, and our investors equally.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

We are proud to call Austin our home. Thanks to those who came before us, there is no greater city on the planet for building a company.

Be Inspired

When Osano helps companies to comply with the law, the interest of humanity is served, and the Internet becomes a better place.

In April 2018, Arlo Gilbert and Scott Hertel watched in disbelief as members of the U.S. Congress questioned technology leaders about online data privacy. It was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional hearing, and it was clear that even the best and brightest elected officials lacked essential knowledge about how data is stored and shared.

It was the duo's lightbulb moment. If the lawmakers are confused, surely businesses must be equally confused. Arlo and Scott had just exited their enterprise SaaS management company and were searching for a new category where they could build a meaningful company. They were well suited to solve the data privacy issue, so the pair went on a mission to bring simplicity to managing data privacy for consumers and businesses alike.

Today Osano is a diverse, growing team of attorneys, technologists, and business leaders who live and breathe data privacy. 

We've created the world's first data set that objectively measures the data privacy practices for every company on the planet. We're building a suite of tools to help compliance, marketing, and sales teams use data privacy as a way to vet vendors and to stand out as vendors themselves. And we're doing it all as a Public Benefit Corporation, putting people before profits.

Stay tuned, because there are a lot of good things ahead.

Osano by the Numbers

Founded
+ Companies Analyzed
k Websites Using Osano
k Lawsuits Monitored

Leadership

We believe that data privacy is a fundamental human right and the companies that embrace privacy will become the next wave of trusted brands.

Arlo Gilbert

CEO & Founder

Arlo has been building successful technology startups for more than 20 years in varying industries including telecom, search, consumer, and enterprise software.

Scott Hertel

CTO & Founder

Scott is an experienced developer and systems architect, having led high performing teams at Accenture, Microsoft, and Dell before being bitten by the startup bug.

Catherine Dawson

General Counsel & CPO

Catherine is a JD & CIPP/US. She has led legal teams in the tech industry, as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini, and most recently as the Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Spiceworks through its acquisition by J2 Global.

Jonathan Grant

VP of Finance & Operations

Jonathan is an experienced B2B SaaS finance leader having spent time at Yammer, Comcast Ventures, and MixMax before joining Osano.

Dustin Joost

Chief Revenue Officer

Dustin's career has been focused on building purpose-driven revenue organizations at product led growth companies. Recently he was VP of Sales & Marketing at YourCause which was acquired by BlackBaud in 2019.

Emma Yee

Director of Product

Emma is an experienced B2B SaaS product manager. Before joining Osano, Emma was in our customers’ shoes, leading the implementation of a company’s consent and subject rights. Her empathy and unique perspective now guide Osano’s product.

Courtney Branson

Director of People

Courtney has spent her career nurturing unique and inclusive cultures at growing tech companies like Match Group and the recently acquired startup Square Root.

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What's New at Osano

EU banner updates

Based on new guidance from EU regulators, the default banner experience has been updated with a "Reject All button," a "Storage Preferences" button and an "X" for the following countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K.

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Chinese banner update

China passed a privacy law recently. The Personal Information Protection Law comes into effect in Nov.1 , 2021. It requires changes for obtaining consent from users for tracking, analytics, personalization and marketing. 

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AI-powered Data Discovery, "No Fines, No Penalties" Pledge, $11M in funding

Today Osano is launching our AI-powered Data Discovery feature and introducing an industry-first "No Fines, No Penalties" Pledge. In addition, we're announcing $11 million in new funding. 

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Global Privacy Control

Osano's Consent Management platform now understands and communicates Global Privacy Control signals.

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French banner consent configuration

In October 2020, the French Data Protection Authority changed its rules on cookies. This feature provides a consent-banner configuration that applies to French users and complies with the DPA's rules. 

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