About Us

Our story so far...

Securly was founded in 2013 with a single intention: to keep kids safe online. Securly develops solutions that keep kids safe & engaged online, at school, and at home. From tools that help adults create a kid-friendlier Internet, to an AI that recognizes signs of bullying and even intuits risks of self-harm, Securly breaks new ground and innovates to meet modern problems head on. For every child that we empower to stand strong, for each kid that chooses hope over hopelessness,
Securly is motivated to continue forging ahead.

Leadership Team


Vinay Mahadik


Vinay’s career is deeply-rooted in tech & scaling operations. From being a security-research intern at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs & a vulnerability engineer at Qualys, to later running multiple product lines and research teams - including botnet research & application firewalls - as a senior R&D manager at McAfee, Vinay brings decades of experience in both engineering & business/operations management. Vinay's leadership style incorporates (and inspires in his executive team) a high level of empathy, ability to triage effectively, dexterity in toggling effortlessly between a bird’s eye and detailed view, decision making even in the absence of perfect information, ability to reduce complex systems down to their fundamental components, and a deep dedication to Securly’s core mission. Vinay is listed as a primary inventor on several patents and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Bharath Madhusudan


As one of Securly's co-founders, Bharath wrote the first version of the company's core filtering engine and led the sales team that sold the first 200 accounts. He wore many hats as the company grew, including Securly's first sales engineer, post-sales representative, demand generation marketer, and renewals manager, and built and scaled the company's support and marketing teams to their current levels. Bharath has a Masters in Computer Science from Washington University at St Louis, and over a decade of enterprise security and engineering experience including an Architect level role at Huawei-Symantec. As Securly's Chief Revenue Officer he seeks to marry his engineering mindset with his operational experience in sales and marketing to help the company achieve the next level of scale.

Linsly Donnelly

VP of Consumer Sales & Marketing

Linsly brings two decades of experience building and leading high growth ventures in consumer, digital & media arenas. As the CMO of Wine.com, COO/co-founder of IdeaForest (acquired by Joann Fabrics and Crafts), and founding team member of Bain & Company's Los Angeles office, Linsly led data-driven organizations to deliver differential results by focusing on user delight. Most recently, as the CEO / co-founder of TheSmartFeed, Linsly and her team built the largest online family media database, curated by parent priorities. In addition to her work in digital media and e-commerce arenas, Linsly sits on the board of Parent TV Council, a nonprofit that advocates responsible internet entertainment. She also served as PTA President Mill Valley School District and holds a Longhorn Scholarship MBA from The University of Texas, Austin.
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Andy Hethcote

VP of Support and 24

Andy is a global leader with 27 years of experience building and leading support teams around the world.  Having held leadership roles in high tech powerhouse companies, including Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, Nutanix, and Toshiba, Andy brings a customer-first leadership style that is key to his success in leading successful 24x7 support centers.  His leadership has driven operations that ensure high quality support experiences. Andy has lived and worked in India, Singapore, and Amsterdam building and reshaping customer support organizations, fostering global thinking and innovation in every team he leads.   

Anders Johnsson

VP of Sales

Anders has spent the past two decades leading companies in sales and customer support, and providing technology solutions in the education market. Anders’ focus on a motivational company culture revolves around coaching and investing in relationships with employees and customers to inspire maximum growth.  Anders co-founded an ed-tech web filtering company in 2004, and led the sales and support teams as the company expanded. He served as VP of Sales for a UK-based web filtering company, and propelled a new sales team to achieve 300% growth in 15 months in the US market. He has a passion for driving excellence in organizations to meet the specific needs of K-12 administrators. Anders has consulted for start-up ed-tech companies and joined Securly in 2014 as VP of Sales to build the sales team and growth strategy from the ground up. Anders is also a commercially multi-engine rated pilot, and was one of the youngest nationally to achieve Cisco CCNA certification.

Carl Landers

Senior VP of Marketing

With a love for marketing and for technology, Carl thrives on bringing great products to market, creating compelling company stories and enabling sales success through exceptional marketing. He has over 20 years of B2B technology marketing experience and prior to joining Securly was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Conversica, the first company to build and commercialize conversational AI solutions for business. Prior to his work at Conversica, Carl served as CMO at Serena Software, a provider of application development and IT operations solutions to the Global 1000. Carl’s previous experience includes senior marketing, product management and product development roles at CA Technologies, Niku Corporation, Zoho, Perfect Commerce and Tyco International. Carl holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University and is proud to be raising two young children in Silicon Valley, the world’s hub of innovation and diversity.

Ryan Rodriguez

VP of Sales - West

Ryan is an accomplished sales executive with more than two decades of experience building and leading sales and marketing teams in hyper-growth industries like cybersecurity, SaaS, and IT infrastructure.  Ryan’s leadership centers around fostering a culture of collaboration, execution, and excellent customer service, and keeping accountability to the company’s core mission. Prior to Securly, Ryan spent 15 years in the cybersecurity space in senior executive roles building and managing national sales and channel organizations at high-profile companies such as M86 Security, Trustwave, and Fortinet. Ryan’s most recent positions include Vice President of Sales, US West at WatchGuard Technologies and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Technet Partners, Inc.

Neeraj Thakar

VP of Engineering - India

Neeraj laid the foundation for the India office and has built a robust and scalable Engineering and R&D operation for Securly. He is focused on accelerating Securly's product development efforts and achieving operational excellence for our India operations. A Network Security veteran and threat detection expert, Neeraj has over 15 years of experience in the Enterprise Network Security Domain. He is the primary inventor on 2 patents and has designed several malware research infrastructures and security visualization tools. Neeraj has spent most of his career building threat research teams dealing with complex solutions for malware, reverse engineering, and network security. He has also been the author on some of the tech blogs at McAfee and other security magazines. When he is not researching new threats, Neeraj loves listening to music and reading tech blogs.

AJ Tedesco

VP of Channel

AJ is a channel veteran with over twenty years of experience in IT sales and channel management, and has spent the past ten years driving channel sales in the cybersecurity space. AJ joined Securly in 2018 and in one year, built Securly’s channel operations and grew the company’s channel-driven sales by 500%. Prior to Securly, AJ has had consistent success growing channel sales by 100% YoY at web filtering and K-12 focused companies, including M86 Security and Aerohive. He has a history of building long-term, successful partnerships with VAR’s and DMR’s and looks forward to executing the same at Securly.
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Rich Watson

VP of Customer Success

As the son of two educators, Rich has spent the majority of his career helping districts scale personalized instruction and transition from print to digital. Bringing experience as former VP & GM of the classroom business at Follett Corporation and former Regional VP of strategic accounts at Amplify Education, Rich has a track record of delivering exponential revenue growth in new products. Having built organizations from the ground up and managed international sales, marketing, product management, operations, and strategy teams within complex reporting structures he understands the importance of setting processes and investing in an organization's biggest asset, its people.

Dream Team

Michael Jolley

Michael Jolley

GM, Securly HQ- East/Director, K-12 Safety Operations


Kelly Hays

Chief of Staff


Nikita Chikate

Head of Customer Experience


Alpana Thakar

Director of Program Management


Marc Fairclough

Director of UK & EMEA


Drew Ostrem

Head of Talent Acquisition

Sam Lee

Samuel Lee

Head of Sales Operations


Kathleen Boehle

Director of Securly 24x7 Student Safety Operations


Tigran Gevorgyan

Architect of (Non-Web) Backend Engineering


Vamsee Akkiraju

Architect/Head of Quality Engineering


Amar Patekar

Director of QA Program Management


Due Nguyen

Architect of Web Backend Engineering


David Hinkle

Scale Architect


Paul Katcher

Product Manager


Maia Cocallas

Manager of Business Operations


G. Scott Costner

Director of Customer Success Operations


Jesse Casellini

Sales Manager

Board Members


Neil Sequeira

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Defy

Neil is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Defy. With an investing career spanning over 20 years, Neil has worked with companies such as TimeWarner Investments, AOL Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Accenture and Goldenvoice, sat on more than 35 boards, and has more than 12 meaningful IPO’s and acquisitions. Neil was most recently with General Catalyst Partners as Managing Director.
At Defy, Neil is focused on connected software, deep technology, and consumer applications that help change the way we work and play. He is dedicated to helping amazing founders and teams change the world for the better by improving efficiency, security, performance, and insights by leveraging technology, data, and analytics.  He holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Amit Patel

Amit Patel

Managing Director at Owl Ventures

Amit Patel is a Partner and Managing Director at Owl Ventures. Before joining Owl Ventures, Amit founded and sold Personal Academic Trainers, an afterschool tutoring company, created the quality assurance program and institutionalized sales training for Mathnasium Learning Centers, and served as the Director of Technology for Success Academy Charter Schools. He has experience scaling several education startups and is deeply committed to building new organizations that will create sustainable and higher quality education solutions. Owl Ventures is a venture capital fund that invests in the world’s leading education technology companies.
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Meet our investors & partners

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