DNSFilter was born out of necessity. DNSFilter’s CEO and co-founder, Ken Carnesi, was fed up with existing content filtering solutions on the market.
They were either overpriced, outdated or ineffective. Instead of settling for a subpar solution, he set out to create one that he’d trust for himself and his clients.
In June of 2015, Ken met our soon-to-be CTO Mike Schroll at a tech incubator. Ken pitched the idea for what would become DNSFilter to Mike and together, the two started to explore the viability of creating “The Best DNS Filter On The Market.” Less than a year later in 2016, Mike reached out to his longtime friend Brian Gillis who joined as our third co-founder and Chief Development Officer.
In 2018, after being long-time customers, we acquired the company Webshrinker: an AI-driven domain categorization tool that powers our ability to classify and filter sites on the fly.
We thought of going with a clever startup name—you know, adding “ly” or “io” to some noun evocative of freshness. Maybe we’d drop a vowel or two and go all lowercase. Instead, we decided to keep it simple. Straightforward. As an essential tool, DNSFilter is named for exactly what it does. We filter DNS requests, sorting the good from the bad to help our users get through their work days feeling more secure.