Olly Interview

Sheetal Walsh tells us about Olly, a new, family safe browser optimized for the iPad.

Transcript

Sheetal
Hi, I’m Sheetal Walsh, I’m a founder at Medi-Cert. We’re a San Francisco based startup. We basically provide products and services to protect children from inappropriate content online across all devices. Today we’re actually showing Olly, which is our child safety browser that you can download from the App Store. It’s an interesting browser because a parent can actually enable or disable safe browsing. Therefore we don’t want to censor the Internet, what we want to do is give parents a choice to protect their children. And we also have an enterprise offering which is available for large corporations who want to monitor what’s going on within their organizations. And we’ve labeled to date approximately 660 million pages of pornography.
Marcus
Wow! That’s wonderful. I mean that’s a great cause. So this is one of sort of a family of products you are bringing out?
Sheetal
Correct. This is our first consumer product.
Marcus
Okay. How long have you been around?
Sheetal
We actually relocated from the UK a year ago and we launched our business last year, so—we’ve just really taken off now.
Marcus
And are you based here in...
Sheetal
Yeah, we’re based on Bryan Street on Soma.
Marcus
Oh, nice. So, if your company was a Super Hero, what would its super power be? What is the thing it does great?
Sheetal
Oh, really protecting children from inappropriate content across all devices, which we don’t think has been done before in this way.
Marcus
So when you say across all different devices, help us understand that.
Sheetal
So at this moment, iPads are our main device that we can work from. We can also leverage the iPhone, which is coming up in the next couple of weeks. The Samsung Galaxy as well. The idea is, kids are using more and more devices, it’s not just at home. So, we’re just trying to make sure it’s available all the time. And they’re always connected.
Marcus
What’s your background?
Sheetal
I’ve spent 17 years working with venture capitalists and technology startups around the world. I’ve also dedicated a large part of my career to social enterprise, so making I work with technologies that are going to save the world and do different things to really make a difference and make an impact. So for me, this is a really important way to really impact children because all of them are online and it’s very dangerous what’s going on out there and this is a way to allow them to really search in a safe way.
Marcus
Yeah. That’s really great. What are you guys hoping to do here at Launch? Do you have some goals?
Sheetal
Yeah, we wanted to meet people like yourselves. We like to get the message out, we like to increase the users, so please download our app, it’s ollybrowser, and then we’ll see if the judges like us maybe we’ll be presenting at the end of the day.
Marcus
Well, I hope so. Good luck.
Sheetal
Thank you.