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Winston Privacy Announces New Funding from Refinery Ventures, New Stack and Founder Equity

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CHICAGO - January 3, 2020 - Winston Privacy, an innovative start-up and makers of the Winston privacy filter, today announced that the company has secured a new investment in its latest round of funding, which was led by Refinery Ventures, and includes other investors, New Stack Ventures and Founder Equity.

Winston Privacy has developed Winston, a new privacy filter and the world’s most comprehensive privacy solution for every IoT device. Winston allows consumers to reclaim their privacy and security by enabling them to choose what gets tracked, effectively resulting in a faster, cleaner, more secure browsing experience on every connected IoT device. The direct-to-consumer launch of Winston was announced in December 2019.

“As more and more internet-enabled devices enter your home and fall in the hands of young children, it’s more important than ever to protect your family’s privacy,” stated Tim Schigel, managing partner of Refinery Ventures. “The simplicity of Winston’s plug-and-play solution combined with the company’s talented executive team made for an easy decision to invest. We look forward to partnering with Winston through its next phase of growth and success.

Winston Privacy plans to use the raised capital to support further Winston privacy filter enhancements and in acquiring new talent in response to the product’s successful launch.

Winston Privacy was founded in October 2017 and has raised more than one million dollars by nearly 3,000 backers since launching Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns in May 2019 and July 2019. To learn more, please visit: 

About Winston Privacy

Winston Privacy is a comprehensive internet privacy solution with a mission to protect consumer data on all devices, including computers, tablets, phones and smart home devices. Winston resets the default of how privacy works by operating on a distributed private network with proprietary software to ensure that users are safe from tracking, hackers, and ads. To learn more visit

About Refinery Ventures

Established in 2017 by Tim Schigel, Refinery Ventures is an investment firm focused on disruptive, early-scale companies. Drawing from his extensive experience in founding and serving as CEO of ShareThis, the most recognizable icon on the Internet, to creating the Cintrifuse Syndicate Fund, where he raised over $57 million, Schigel built Refinery Ventures to bridge the gap between the Midwest and the coasts. Refinery Ventures is located in Cincinnati Ohio. For more information, please visit

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