Lands $16M in Funding for Fly-Direct Secure Web Gateway

Former Symantec, Forcepoint Product Leader Takes on Legacy Vendors, Disrupting SWG Market with Radical New Architecture

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(), the world’s only fly-direct Secure Web Gateway (SWG), today announced that it has closed a $16M series A funding round led by Google Ventures (GV), with participation from existing investors boldstart ventures and Preface. The company will use the funding to accelerate the adoption of the industry’s first fly-direct SWG, introducing improved performance, privacy, and reliability to the cybersecurity space all at the click of a button. The funding brings dope’s total amount raised to $20M. Sangeen Zeb, General Partner at Google Ventures (GV), will be joining its Board of Directors.

Powered by its dope.SWG, disrupts the multi-billion dollar SWG market by performing security directly on the endpoint instead of routing traffic through stopover datacenters. This streamlined approach improves performance up to 4X, ensures that decrypted data never leaves the device, and improves reliability by eliminating external dependencies. Designed with an elegant, simplistic user experience, the dope.swg can be trialed with a simple visit to the website and installs in under five-minutes.

“I learned the hard way that legacy SWG architecture wasn’t designed for the modern workforce. Yesterday’s approach doesn’t solve today’s problems,” said Kunal Agarwal, Founder and CEO, "Nothing about a legacy SWG works for today. They’re inefficient, unreliable, and incredibly hard to deploy – let alone actually learn to use. The industry needs a new, efficient architecture designed for today with a user experience that puts the customer first. We’re excited to bring the first fly-direct SWG architecture to market with the dope.swg."

For decades, SWG providers secured office environments with on-site hardware. As organizations transitioned to distributed workforces and cloud environments, SWG providers began introducing cloud-hosted proxies that route traffic through stopover datacenters for every connection. This leads to problems with outages, off-device decryption, significantly slower page loads, and reduced end-user productivity.

“ completely changed the game for us,” said David Cook, CISO at Sequoia Consulting, and former CISO at Databricks. “Using dope.swg to upgrade endpoint security is remarkably easy, and moving from initial trial to full deployment was quick and self-service. Now, the Internet runs as designed and our team can spend time innovating, rather than trying to make a legacy SWG work.”

The dope.swg lives on the endpoint, performing security checks on-device and never taking sensitive decrypted data offsite. The platform is designed with intuitive workflows and a simplistic user experience, delivering:

  • Fly-direct, and Fly Privately: Enforce endpoint-driven security controls including URL categorization, SSL inspection, Anti-Malware, Cloud Application Controls (CAC), and custom user-based policies - no stopover required.
  • Analytics and Visibility: Visualize data and gather end-user insights through a cloud-native console, including Productivity, Policy, and Shadow IT analyses, along with the ability to debug and run diagnostics remotely.
  • Seamless Deployment: Get started in under five minutes with the easy-to-try, easy-to-deploy dope.swg.
  • Instant Zero-Trust Policies: Synchronize with Office 365 and Google for single sign-on and user imports enabling zero-trust policies.

“ cares deeply about design and user experience in a way that is unique to the security industry. Its first goal when creating a product is simplicity - the simplicity of architecture, purchasing, deployment, and management," said Sangeen Zeb, General Partner, GV. " is well-positioned to reinvent traditional approaches to SWG, and we're excited to work with the team to bring this modern approach to life."

To learn more, or try the dope.swg free for 30 days, visit

About Dope Security

No stopovers. No outages. That’s the difference with, the fly-direct Secure Web Gateway (SWG). Eliminate the datacenter stopover and perform enterprise-grade security checks directly on the endpoint, providing stronger privacy, reliability, and performance speeds up to 4X faster.

About GV

GV supports innovative founders moving the world forward. We invest across the life sciences, consumer, enterprise, crypto, climate, and frontier technology sectors.

With Alphabet as a sole limited partner, GV operates on long time horizons and deals in decades, not rounds. Our operating partners support startups at the earliest stages of company-building across design, equity, diversity & inclusion, talent, and engineering. We also help startups interface with Google, providing unique access to the world's best technology and talent.

Launched as Google Ventures in 2009, GV has over $8 billion in assets under management and 400 active portfolio companies across North America and Europe. Notable investment outcomes include Uber, Nest, Slack, GitLab, Duo Security, Flatiron Health, Verve Therapeutics, and One Medical. GV is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices in Cambridge, New York, and London.


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