I am Dr. Andy Yen, a particle physicist who left CERN after the Snowden leaks to start ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email service. AMA
Hey Reddit r/IAmA! My name is Andy Yen and I’m the founder of ProtonMail, a popular encrypted email service. In 2013, after the Snowden leaks, some friends and I working at the CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) grew very concerned about the lack of data privacy on the Internet. So we decided to do something about it. Today, ProtonMail provides security and privacy to millions of people around the world.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have about online privacy, why it matters, and what are some of the challenges we face in trying to save it. Also happy to talk about entrepreneurship and what it was like transitioning from science to tech.
To prove it’s me, here’s a picture my colleague just took of me here in our Geneva headquarters.
Looking forward to your questions!
EDIT 21:10 Geneva: Thanks to everybody who participated! It was a pleasure to answer many of your questions, and I'm sorry that I was not able to get to all of them. It is heartening to see so much interest in privacy and security, and it gives me a lot of hope for the future. As it is now past 9PM in Geneva, I will have to sign off for now although I may be back to answer a few more questions later. The conversation continues every day at /r/ProtonMail where we routinely answer questions and discuss with our community.