Blake Hall is the co-founder and CEO of ID.me, the industry leader in secure online identification verification. An expert on consumer data privacy and the evolving digital identity landscape, Hall established ID.me to simplify how individuals securely prove and share their identity online. Prior to launching ID.me, Hall served in the military as an Army Ranger, where he led a reconnaissance platoon on over 450 combat patrols throughout Iraq without sustaining any casualties. He received two bronze stars for his service, one for heroism in combat and the other for exceptional performance targeting high-level insurgent leadership.After four years of military service, Hall went on to attain a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, where his vision for ID.me came to life. The pain points associated with identity verification, data security and the unnecessary roadblocks that obstruct a citizen’s path to verifying their credentials became evidently clear to Hall. After further research and market analysis, he was convinced there was an opportunity to impact how citizens, particularly military veterans, access and protect their information online. Within a year, Hall officially launched ID.me in 2010. A successful entrepreneur, Hall has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career including Inc. magazine’s “Top 20 Military Veteran Tech Entrepreneurs,” Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Top Tech Leaders,” Bisnow’s “Top 40 under 40,” and was recently named “CEO of the Year” by One World Identity in 2019. He often contributes to leading publications including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes and The Huffington Post. He is also a frequent contributor to programs hosted by Public Radio International and syndicated on NPR and the BBC. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
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