Jawger formed out of a desire by three technology veterans (Scott Handley, Brad Chin, and Jenny Dormoy) to create a unique inclusive privacy-first social network for family and friends to safely connect and share their life experiences as life unfolds. Our journey began in coffee shops throughout the Bay Area during the Summer and Fall of 2015, and Jawger was offically incorporated in January 2016.
Due to separate life circumstances later in 2016, Brad and Jenny left Jawger while Scott continued to develop the vision for a privacy-by-design social network. Scott sought out opportunities to enhance and sharpen his startup accumen through various meetups, forums, and programs with other entrepreneurs, such as the Founders Network, Y-Combinator's Startup School, and Santa Clara University's California Program for Entrepreneurs (CAPE)
Jawger ultimately went live in December 2017 as a subscription service with an Apple iOS App and a webapp for desktop and other mobile devices. Jawger launched with the guiding principle that we don't have to sacrifice our privacy to communicate with others authentically online. Scott believes privacy is freedom to express our most authentic selves by communicating freely with the people who know us; free from concern of strangers, corporations, and bad actors from gaining access and exploiting to our personal information and relationships.
Jawger continued operations gaining membership for the next two years. Unfortunately due to a change in life priorities, Scott made the difficult decision to shutdown operations and Jawger ceased services to the public in December 2019. Jawger has since become Scott's personal research project on private social network innovation, the decentralized web and the fediverse.
Scott's curiosity in software began at the early age of 12 while learning to program a Timex Sinclair and an Apple IIe that he bought with his paper route money and help from his parents. His first programs were interactive games, class learning & memorization aids, a recipe catalog, a wedding invite and gift database for his sisters wedding, and an archeological database for tracking artifacts found by his 6th grade peers during a week long science excavation...his curiosity continues to this day.
For over twenty years, Scott has worked at industry leading technology companies (NetApp, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and Tandem Computers) gaining experience in everything from product design to engineering to operations while building innovative Internet-based products that helped customers be successful. He has always been enthusiastic to use his vast experiences in technology to make an impact the daily lives of others.
First and foremost, Scott is a family man who enjoys spending time with his super amazing wife, two children, and family. He loves getting outdoors (camping, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, etc.) and spending quality time with friends.