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.

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.
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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.

Linsly Donnelly

VP of 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.

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.
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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.   

Dream Team


Nikita Chikate

Head of Design & UX


Alpana Thakar

Director of Program Management


Marc Fairclough

Director of UK & EMEA


AJ Tedesco

Director of Channel


Drew Ostrem

Head of Talent Acquisition

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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

Director of Engineering Operations


Amar Patekar

Director of QA Program Management


Due Nguyen

Architect of Web Backend Engineering


David Hinkle

Senior Software Engineer


Paul Katcher

Product Manager


Maia Cocallas

Manager of Business Operations

Michael Jolley

Michael Jolley

Director of K-12 Safety & Operations


G. Scott Costner

Director of Customer Success Operations


Jesse Casellini

Sales Manager

Board Member

Amit Patel


Amit Patel is a Partner at Owl Ventures. 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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