John Killoran and Matt Custer stumbled upon a new authentication technology nearly a decade ago.


It all started with an environmental startup

They Founded a Company called Clover Leaf

In solving an environmental problem, they invented a new way for people to authenticate the completion of a task. By embedding “I Swear To God” buttons into emails, people could log the completion of a task in a database with two simple taps. This application became known as Autopilot ( Since then Clover Leaf has grown into a large company providing technical services to high security government facilities and large Fortune 500 companies.

In 2011, John and Matt realized that their authentication method could also help nonprofits raise more money for their cause. So they launched a

Second company called Snowball.

By making it easy to authenticate, donors effortlessly set up accounts and store credit cards, which leads to greater engagement and more repeat donations. Today, over 4,000 nonprofits use Snowball to raise more money than ever before.

In 2018

Swoop was born

With widespread adoption of WebSocket technology, we realized we could use the technology developed by Snowball to make a two-factor authentication that was effortless for the end user. We have always been convinced that password-based authentication is the bane of every internet user and with Swoop we’d found a way to eliminate that forever.

Swoop officially debuted at Disrupt SF(September 2018) and the Gartner Symposium(October 2018) and the response from the industry has been great.