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2 Oct 2000
Official start for John McAfee at Zone Labs.
Zone Labs Secures Strategic Investments from John McAfee, EastWest VentureGroup and Intel Capital
New investors provide expansion capital and expertise to help fund aggressive pace for one of the industry's fastest-growing Internet security software companies
San Francisco, Calif. - (October 2, 2000) - Zone Labs Inc., developers of the award-winning Internet security products ZoneAlarm™ and ZoneAlarm Pro, announced today that it has received investments from EastWest VentureGroup and Intel Capital, plus an investment from John McAfee, founder of McAfee Associates. Until now, the company has been privately funded by its founders.
'Zone Labs has the technology and business model to revolutionize the security market,' commented John McAfee, founder of the groundbreaking security company, McAfee Associates. 'The robust, patented technology developed by Zone Labs and the company's innovative approach to the market represent the most exciting developments in the security market since McAfee Associates - now Network Associates - introduced McAfee Anti-Virus.'
In addition to providing a strategic investment in Zone Labs, Mr. McAfee is joining the Zone Labs Board of Directors. Other members of the Zone Labs' Board include Gregor Freund, President of Zone Labs, Conrad Herrmann, who is Chief Technology Officer at Zone Labs, and Ravin Agrawal of EastWest VentureGroup.
Zone Labs has transformed the Internet security market with ZoneAlarm, which more than six million users have downloaded since its introduction earlier this year, making it the de facto industry standard. ZoneAlarm Pro, which began shipping in August, builds on ZoneAlarm's rock-solid security and ease of use to deliver even more comprehensive security.
'With the support of security luminary John McAfee, Zone Labs is poised to expand our role in Internet security to encompass a wider spectrum of customers, from SOHO to the enterprise,' said Zone Labs founder and President, Gregor Freund. 'Right now, business customers are evaluating how best to secure the most vulnerable link in the corporate security chain - offsite PCs accessing the corporate network. Zone Labs handles this widespread issue uniquely with scalable solutions, strong partnerships and our direct sales force.'
About Zone Labs Inc.
Zone Labs Inc., a leading creator of Internet technologies, security and productivity solutions, is a privately held company founded by a team of software industry veterans to fulfill a vision of safe and secure Internet access. Zone Labs produces TrueVector® technology, the most flexible and efficient software platform for enabling a new breed of intelligent Internet solutions, including secure enterprise computing and managed services for telecommunications providers. Built with TrueVector® technology, the company's product line includes the award-winning ZoneAlarm Internet security utility. To date, more than six million PC users have downloaded ZoneAlarm, making it the de facto standard in the category. The company's ZoneAlarm Pro product offers advanced security and ease of use as well as network support.
Founded in 1997, Zone Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. For more information, please contact Zone Labs at 415-341-8200 or visit www.zonelabs.com.
About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's strategic investment program, focuses on making equity investments and acquisitions to grow the Internet economy, including Internet infrastructure, content and services in support of Intel's strategic interests. For more information, visit http://www.intel.com/capital.
About EastWest VentureGroup
EastWest VentureGroup (http://www.eastwestvg.com) is a $250 million venture fund focused on early-stage investments in digital media infrastructure, platforms, and services that anticipate persistent and pervasive packet connectivity. Headquartered in Los Angeles, EastWest is led by Merv Adelson, co-Founder of Lorimar Telepictures, and a team of experienced principals with deep experience in the media, cable, and online industries. EastWest's investments include such innovative companies as InterNAP, Loudeye, Digital River, eMotion and Pulse.
Editors' Note: TrueVector and ZoneAlarm are trademarks of Zone Labs Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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