We are Garbo

We are on a mission to help proactively prevent harm in the digital age through technology, tools, and education.

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Our Story

Garbo was founded in 2018 by Kathryn Kosmides afters she realized the opportunity to bring people, platforms, and policymakers together to redefine safety in the digital age. She knew firsthand the problems victims face when reporting and the lack of deterrence and accountability for perpetrators. She wanted to develop a new kind of safety system that helped connect the dots between detecting and reporting a bad actor.

During these early years, she brought a group of incredible volunteers together, pitched to everyone who would hear her vision, and placed as a finalist in a top accelerator program.

In 2021, we received sponsorship funding and donations from Match Group and others to help build our new kind of online background check platform. We continuously work with dozens of experts and advocates across technology, policy, legal, and social justice to help build our technology that aims to find the balance of privacy and protection in the digital age.

Since founding Garbo, we’ve helped over 3 million people through our technology, tools, and education… and we’re just getting started.

Interpersonal violence is a universal problem that impacts millions.

Over 1 in 3 women, 1 in 4 men, and 1 in 2 trans individuals in the US experiencing rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime — resulting in over 12,000,000 victims per year that costs to the US economy over $8.3 billion.

A history of causing human harm is the biggest indicator of future harm.

Studies show that gender-based violence offenders often start in adolescence and without treatment can commit up to 380 separate acts of violence in their lifetime. Up to 71% of this type of bad actors are serial offenders who will have on average 11+ victims in their lifetime.

The lack of deterrence and accountability increases the problem.

The data continuously shows that traditional legal systems harm victims while enabling perpetrators to cause further harm. If a victim does report, there is less than a 5% chance that the perpetrator will have a record that appears on an average background check.

Our Partners

We partner with organizations and associations to help further our mission of proactively preventing online harm.

Our Team

Kathryn Kosmides

CEO + Founder

Anthony Bu

Head of Engineering

Dave Ugelow

Operations + Legal

Rachel DeSimone

Community Manager

John Gartsu

Backend Engineer

Sunny Rivers

Frontend Engineer

Contact Garbo

If you are looking to learn more about partnering with Garbo or are interested in connecting with our leadership team, please contact us below.

If you are a user of Garbo's platform and have a question, please reach out to our customer support team.

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