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kazumeWith data breaches happening on a near-daily basis, privacy of personal information is certainly a concern for consumers and businesses alike.

Kazume wants to alleviate those worries with a new service that helps people transfer files securely. The new seven-person Seattle startup is developing web-based and mobile software that allows users to manage their data with designated parties and time periods.

“We’ve created an information exchange where people can control and share their information with whoever they please,” said Kazume VP of Product Atma Shetty.

Kazume CEO Nathan Rothman.
Kazume CEO Nathan Rothman.

Kazume, founded last year, plans to offer both a consumer and enterprise product. On the personal side, the startup lets individuals store information in an encrypted vault, track their data’s progress, and create binding agreements with each information “transaction.”

For businesses, Kazume wants to help clients build better trust with customers. It plans to do this with usage agreements and information transfers that keep CRMs up-to-date.

“We are doing a lot of custom processes to make it easier for consumers to share information with certain businesses,” Shetty explained.

Shetty said that his company has a few competitors, but few that are tackling both the consumer and enterprise side together. As far as other storage services like DropBox, Shetty noted that he sees potential partnerships down the line with these companies.

“We give you the level of control and safety that you can’t get from other cloud storage services,” he said. “There might be some kind of combination of the two that will work.”

The company was founded by Shetty, CEO Nathan Rothman — who founded Optimum Energy in 2005 — and CTO Corey Mandell, who was previously with Seattle-based startup Point Inside. Kazume has raised a “small amount of private money” and plans to debut its product early next year.

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