You have the right to live life without being watched, packaged, and sold.

The original promise of the Internet was to democratize information. Decades later, that promise has been corrupted by a vast network of big tech companies, advertisers, data brokers, governments, and more. The information economy has become the surveillance economy.

Silicon Valley has grown rich and powerful by collecting and selling your personal information. You ask for directions, and they tell businesses where you are. You enter your birthday, and they try to get your friends to buy you presents. Beyond the big guys, countless “little brothers” you’ve never even heard of are trading the personal data that you assume is private. Even supposed privacy extensions and secure VPNs are often in the business of selling your information themselves.

With every post, click, and purchase, you have become the product. You didn’t agree to this.


You are our customer, not our product.

Winston is the only device that empowers people to reclaim their online privacy and security. With us, you get the keys to your house back.

We know how technology companies are tilting the playing field against users – burying landmines in Terms & Conditions, defaulting your privacy settings to the lowest common denominator, hiding settings that would allow you to opt out of data sharing, and more.

Our only product is the Winston device – not you. We’re working hard to stay ahead on top of all the new ways your data could be compromised.


You deserve transparent privacy solutions.

We founded Winston Privacy with a clear mission: to help Internet users take back control over their personal information.

Comprehensive privacy is not only possible, it's realistic. That may seem surprising, since it’s so hard to sift through all the choices you need to make. Our team is made of people with diverse technical backgrounds and skill sets, and a deep knowledge of the state of online privacy. Our founder is an engineer by training who left a career in advertising after seeing firsthand the increasing abuses of personal data that are taking place.

At Winston, we’re not only building products that put the power back into your hands, we’re also advocating for change.

In a world that is shadowed, we choose to operate in the open because our mission of smart, pragmatic privacy choices will succeed only when based on transparency and trustworthiness.

Richard Stokes

Founder & CEO

Richard was the founder of AdGooroo.com, one of the first digital market research services, and later became the Global Head of Innovation for Kantar Media. He founded Winston Privacy in response to the increasing abuses of privacy taking place in the AdTech industry. He's the author of "The Ultimate Guide to Pay-Per-Click Advertising". He has a Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from Kellogg / Northwestern University.

Rob Sieracki

Marketing Lead

Rob has been a leader and founder of three marketing agencies, dating back to 1998.  His marketing experience includes clients such as satellite and broadband providers, home automation and security systems, large real estate brokerages, major newspapers, more than a dozen of the Internet Retailer 500 companies in e-commerce, tech startups and even NFL teams.  He's also a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grantee for work in social entrepreneurship.

Will Watts

Director Engineering

A veteran of the IoT industry, Will has been developing applications for IoT since 2003. At Winston Privacy, Will combines expertise in Linux, firmware, and networking into making an amazing device that makes your browsing faster and keeps big brother from tracking you. Will held prior positions at Cisco and GE.

Jack Keller

Director Operations

Jack came to Winston from Liberty Advisors, where he spent several years in strategy and technology consulting. His experience includes implementing operational efficiencies in Supply Chain and Finance, particularly in the manufacturing and consumer goods industry. He possesses a unique blend of business know-how, industry experience, and technical understanding. Jack holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Ilya Soussa

Head of Customer Experience

Ilya heads Customer Experience and Support for Winston Privacy. She has deep experience in scaling and leading post-sales support teams. Ilya held prior positions as OpinionLab and Project44.

Korbinian Kapsner


Korbinian is the author of the popular CanvasBlocker plugin for Firefox and an expert on anti-fingerprinting techniques.

Nick Feamster


Nick Feamster is Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems.

Nick Moran

New Stack Ventures

Nick is founder and General Partner at New Stack Ventures, an early-stage firm investing at the intersection of hardware and software.  Prior to New Stack, Nick worked in M&A and Product Management for Danaher and also created the first Venture Capital podcast, The Full Ratchet, in May 2014.

Joe Dwyer

Founder Equity

Joe Dwyer is an investor (Founder Equity), serial entrepreneur, and MBA professor (Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management). He has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown, and JD-MBA degrees from Northwestern.

Victor Gutwein

M25 Capital

Victor Gutwein is the founder and managing partner of M25, an early-stage VC firm based in Chicago focused entirely on started from the Midwest. Victor is also a Kauffman Fellow and has founded an unsuccessful scooter startup while an undergraduate at the University of Chicago.

Brad Zapp

Connetic Ventures

Brad Zapp, CFP® (former ChFC, CLU, RFC, WMS, Series 22,24,7,63) is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Connetic Ventures. Prior to running Connetic Ventures, Brad founded his own Wealth Management Firm, Legacy Financial, which became a federally registered RIA in 2011.

Winston HQ

Winston Privacy operates out of mHub, Chicago’s first innovation center for product development and manufacturing, at 965 W. Chicago Ave, 60642.