Ethan Schmertzler is the Chief Executive Officer at Dispel. Mr. Schmertzler is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as leading Dispel's front-end and corporate development. He has previously served as a lead engineer, and as a financial analyst working on early-stage and growth equity technology investments.
Mr. Schmertzler founded Dispel in 2014. The cyberdefense firm, with offices in New York and the Washington D.C. area, developed the first major advance in anonymous internet transport security since the last 1990s, a field most notably pioneered by the U.S. Navy.
With $3 million of capital raised from investors, Dispel quickly grew to a cash-flow business. For their work, Schmertzler and his team were received recognition as a Gartner Cool Vendor in 2017--in addition to coverage by TechCrunch, Forrester, and others.
With a psychology background, Mr. Schmertzler has focused on human interface design and user interaction in Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley since college. Work at National Security Equity Partners introduced him to C4ISR and the broader cyberdefense industry, where he has been engaged since 2014.
He graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in psychology.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Ethan Schmertzler and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.
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