Our Mission

Helm’s mission is to make it incredibly easy for everyone to own and control their personal data.
In 2015, the two of us took a look at the state of the internet. A handful of companies had—and still have—most of the control and power, and they grew big by giving away free services in order to learn—then leverage—a lot of information about their users. Retargeting was on the rise, which meant (and still means) ads were following us everywhere we went. Revelations from the previous three years about the way the NSA was using Americans’ data angered us and helped raise broader awareness about this problem. Not-so-suddenly, the internet we started using in the early 90s looked very different than the one our families are using today. We believed control needed to be returned to the people, so we asked ourselves: What can we do about it?

People have a primal connection to the physical place where their stuff lives. So, we started to dream of a physical device that would give people ultimate control of their data. Right now, nearly all the data that comprises your online life is probably stored in a massive data center. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it—and you don’t know who can. That dream of a device that would make data ownable to the individual—not the stranger—is what led to Helm.

Over the past few years, Helm has gone from concept to prototype to product —a personal server that lives where you do and gives you control over your online life. It’s something you can physically see, touch, and turn on or off—and it’s something only you can access. That means no more retargeting, no more insecure information, no more fear of being caught up in mass surveillance, no more being used to sell whatever.


We wanted the right to own our online lives, and we believe everyone should have that right. With Helm, you can feel safe, secure, and in control, knowing your data is right where it should be—with you, so you can live online on your own terms.

We created Helm so each of us could be the owners of our online identities. We hope you’ll join us—and take back your own.
Dirk Sigurdson
Founder, CTO
Giri Sreenivas
Founder, CEO

Our Story

In 2015, the two of us took a look at the state of the internet. A handful of companies had—and still have—most of the control and power, and they grew big by giving away free services in order to learn—then leverage—a lot of information about their users. Retargeting was on the rise, which meant (and still means) ads were following us everywhere we went. Revelations from the previous three years about the way the NSA was using Americans’ data angered us and helped raise broader awareness about this problem. Not-so-suddenly, the internet we started using in the early 90s looked very different than the one our families are using today. We believed control needed to be returned to the people, so we asked ourselves: What can we do about it?
Giri and Dirk, Founders of Helm
People have a primal connection to the physical place where their stuff lives. So, we started to dream of a physical device that would give people ultimate control of their data. Right now, nearly all the data that comprises your online life is probably stored in a massive data center. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it—and you don’t know who can. That dream of a device that would make data ownable to the individual—not the stranger—is what led to Helm.

Over the past few years, Helm has gone from concept to prototype to product —a personal server that lives where you do and gives you control over your online life. It’s something you can physically see, touch, and turn on or off—and it’s something only you can access. That means no more retargeting, no more insecure information, no more fear of being caught up in mass surveillance, no more being used to sell whatever.

We wanted the right to own our online lives, and we believe everyone should have that right. With Helm, you can feel safe, secure, and in control, knowing your data is right where it should be—with you, so you can live online on your own terms.

We created Helm so each of us could be the owners of our online identities. We hope you’ll join us—and take back your own.

Our Values

Customer Respect
We exist to do something very meaningful and important to our customers. We show respect for our customers by wanting to know as little about our customers as possible. We design and build products that seamlessly integrate into their lives to give them confidence that comes from being in control of their personal data.

Bias for Action
Problems and challenges are unending in the process of building a business, products and loyal customers. Having a bias for action and a strong sense of urgency allows us to make the most of the opportunity we see. Decisions can be revisited later with more data and actions should be balanced with calculated risks.

Sweat the Details
Details matter. They matter in every bit of the customer experience, in how we secure our products are and in how we show each other that we value each other's contributions in an inclusive environment. Sweating the details means having a strong sense of ownership, responsibility and focus in every contribution to the business and the people around you. It also means we keep the bar high for everything we do.

Better Together
Together we will go farther than any one of us can alone. We are building a team that respects and values each other. We are also building a movement with our customers and partners. This drives us to align our values, products and policies to support and encourage a team first mentality and do whats best for our customers.  

Don't Settle
We bring people on the team in part because we expect them to come up with great ideas. Fight for your ideas while keeping an open mind. Don't give in easily - our best work will come from disagreements and refinement. Sometimes you will prevail, sometimes you won't. When you do, be humble. When you don't, commit to supporting the team.

Be Humble - Always Be Learning
We're building a team composed of smart and talented individuals. Be humble, be willing to admit mistakes or ideas better than your own. By being committed to learning with an open mind, you can learn and grow while fostering the best ideas for our customers.

Be Resourceful
Often the best solution to a problem isn't more resources, but rather creativity. It is the constraints on solving problems that cause us to innovate.

Careers

Interested in working on our mission? We are a distributed team always on the lookout for great people. Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@thehelm.com if you feel like you can make an impact and add to our journey.