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Passbase is a next generation identity verification provider that helps companies solve their digital identity challenges in a compliant, privacy-oriented and user-centric way. Its developer friendly, highly customisable tools allow companies to incorporate secure KYC, document and age verification, biometric authentication and AML solutions into their products on web and mobile with ease.

Since launching in 2018, Passbase received over $4 million in funding from notable investors including Seedcamp, Cowboy Ventures, Eniac Ventures, and Lakestar. The team currently consists of over 30 people with backgrounds at GoogleX, Stripe, Trulioo, and UnifyID sitting in New York and Berlin.

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Recent coverage

  • Three predictions for digital identity in 2021
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  • Top 3 Best Identity Verification Solutions In 2021
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  • Online ID verification is seeing a spike in demand driven by COVID-19
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  • Best in Business 2020 - Security Category
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  • Berlin-based digital identity startup Passbase secures €3.3 m Berlin-based digital identity startup Passbase secures €3.3 m
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  • Startup Passbase puts self-sovereign spin on biometric selfie and ID Startup Passbase puts self-sovereign spin on biometric selfie and ID
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  • Passbase founders recognised on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Passbase founders recognised on the Forbes 30 Under 30
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  • Helping 
SMBs crack digital identity verification
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  • Big tech firms are racing to track climate refugees
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Our Vision

Passbase got mentioned as one of the breakout startups at Websummit 2019 in Lisbon

Dave McGibbon, co-founder and CEO of Passbase

Press releases

  • June 29, 2021
    Passbase becomes the first identity verification provider to accept cryptocurrency
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  • June 4, 2021
    UK’s AI-Based Apartment Rental Market Leader Mashroom Selects Passbase to Provide Secure Onboarding and Verification
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  • September 2, 2020
    We've partnered with Appjobs to enhance identity verification for the biggest gig economy community in the world
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  • August 17, 2020
    Las Vegas PRIDE teams up with Passbase for seamless identity verification
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  • April 29, 2020
    Boundless and 
Passbase unveil the future of remote employment
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  • January 3, 2020
    Passbase grabs 
$3.6M to power privacy preserving online ID checks
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Leadership team

Frustrated by the lack of a developer first experience in the identity verification space, the three long time friends decided to build one of their own.

Felix Gerlach

(Chief Product Officer)

Mathias Klenk

(Chief Technology Officer)

Dave McGibbon

(Chief Executive Officer)

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  • Cowboy Ventures

    Cowboy Ventures is a seed-stage focused fund investing in digital startups based in Palo Alto, CA. They work with founders who are building products that “re-imagine” work and personal life in large and growing markets – an area that they call “Life 2.0″. Led by Aileen Lee and Ted Wang, Cowboy Ventures previously invested in many successful companies including Product Hunt, Dollar Shave Club, Polar, and DocSend.

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  • Eniac Ventures

    Eniac Ventures is a seed-stage focused fund investing in early-stage technology companies based in New York, NY. Eniac’s four general partners — Hadley Harris, Nihal Mehta, Vic Singh, and Tim Young — have been making investments together for more than a decade, and they’ve known each other for even longer, having first met at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Lakestar

    Lakestar is one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms investing in technology companies led by exceptional entrepreneurs. Zurich-based Lakestar, founded in 2013, has notable investments in Revolut, GoEuro and Spotify.

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  • Seedcamp

    Seedcamp is a European seed-stage venture capital fund, headquartered in London, launched in May 2007 by a group of 30 European investors. The fund's Managing Partners are Reshma Sohoni and Carlos Espinal. As of August 2017, Seedcamp has a portfolio of over 250 companies who have gone on to raise over $1Bn in follow-on funding from leading investors across the globe.

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Passbase is an identity verification solution that makes facial recognition, liveness detection, ID verification and KYC and AML compliance accessible through a suite of flexible developer tools. A zero-knowledge architecture ensures that companies using Passbase can securely verify users from over 190 countries without having to store their data. Built for developers, it can be integrated with just a few lines of code on iOS, Android, and Web.