About us

Privacy, Safety and Ethics are cornerstone features of upRing

upRing is backed by Lion Nest which is Abac Capital’s venture capital arm. Abac Capital (Abac) is an internationally focused private equity firm with headquarters in Barcelona.

upRing‘s founders hail from the senior team at Apax Partners (Apax) and have an outstanding track record in both private equity and venture capital. Apax had the region’s best venture capital performance history under the Abac’s team: 3 out of 4 ventures that were invested in during the business plan phase made it to IPO.

At upRing, our founders come from a range of industries and backgrounds. They bring ample international experience to the table, having developed their careers at companies in the US and across Europe.


We are great believers in both hard work and human ethics. These values led to the development of upRing, a singular mobile solution that allows users to make the most of their relationships by safely, privately and ethically keeping the user’s contacts automatically updated and clean.

We designed upRing from scratch as a revolutionary technological solution based on the highest ethical standards.

upRing allows users to maintain an enhanced private contact list that is always clean and up-to- date. It also offers users a private and safe way to share their updated personal contact details with selected contacts.

We are building upRing for everyone. We want our friends to become upRing users, and we want them to know that they are safe while using it. That’s why ethics permeate upRing.

How did our commitment to ethics affect the development of upRing?

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of privacy and safety because we are convinced that these are extremely pertinent to users.

We want upRing users to retain complete control of their contact lists. We also want users to enjoy full ownership and privacy of their contact information. From the beginning, we rejected strategies that implied controlling (i) users’ contact information and (ii) communication exchanges between users.

That forced us to squeeze our brains but we finally overcome the technical challenge and implemented concepts like:

    • ‘your contacts only in your device’: the users’ contact lists resides exclusively in the users’ devices. This is certainly the best way to guarantee users that we have no access to their contacts and to sensitive information in their contact lists
    • ‘asynchronous device-to-device communication’: data exchanges between users are not channeled through our servers, but directly delivered device-to-device. Contrary to other communication apps, we do not store information exchanged between users in our servers. The information resides in the user’s device and is delivered directly to another user when both sender and receiver are reachable at the same time. This is certainly the best way we have to guarantee users maximum privacy and safety
    • ‘key contact field verification’:upRing helps prevent identity-theft by requiring verification of email addresses and cell phone numbers exchanged.
    • Use-it or leave-it: use upRing and quit if you want. If you are unsatisfied you can leave the information in your native Contacts app as it was before you started using it

Our vision for upRing goes far beyond what it is currently available on the stores. We expect to keep delivering it to you over time and that you really enjoy everything around upRing.