Programming Language Pioneer Gilad Bracha Joins Shape Security

Co-author of Java Language Specification and creator of Newspeak programming language joins company in its mission to protect millions from fraudulent Internet interactions.

Santa Clara, CA ― August 14, 2019Shape Security, maker of the leading platform for bot and fraud mitigation for the world's largest companies, announced today that Gilad Bracha, Ph.D., has joined the company as a distinguished engineer. He will be tasked with guiding a team dedicated to technology innovation. 

Bracha was a key contributor to engineering teams at Tensyr and Google. He was a vice president at SAP Labs, held the position of distinguished engineer at Cadence, and computational theologist and distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems. He will report to Xinran Wang, Ph.D., Shape’s vice president of engineering.
“Gilad is a legendary technology leader whose vision has created many of the foundational technologies used by engineers today,” said Derek Smith, CEO and co-founder of Shape. “Gilad’s unique experience and engineering acumen will keep us ahead of Internet fraud attacks that are growing more sophisticated, enabling us to continue protecting many of the world’s largest brands and their customers.” 

Bracha is the co-author of the Java language Specification and creator of the Newspeak programming language. He is a recognized authority on object-oriented language research and development and has authored several books, including the Java Language and Virtual Machine Specifications, and The Dart Programming Language. He is also a member of the much acclaimed Animorphic Smalltalk team.

“I chose to join the Shape team because of the technical nature of the role I will play, the caliber of the team it has assembled, and its mission to secure billions of consumers’ personal information against fraud,” said Bracha. “I'm excited to bring my experience to help solve these ever-evolving challenges, and look forward to joining a team of world-class technologists.” 

In 2017, he was awarded the senior Dahl-Nygaard Prize, awarded annually to a senior researcher with outstanding career contributions to the field of software engineering by the European Conference on Object Oriented Programming. Bracha received his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

About Shape Security: Shape Security, based in Santa Clara, CA, invented the world’s first botwall in 2011, and it also coined the term credential stuffing. Today, Shape defends the world’s largest enterprises from all types of fraud against their online applications. In addition, the company’s mobile SDK is deployed on more than 200 million iOS and Android devices worldwide. Every 24 hours, Shape blocks more than 2 billion fraudulent login attempts, while ensuring that more than 200 million legitimate logins are kept safe. Shape protects more than half of all online banking in North America. The company has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, by CB Insights as one of the Top 100 companies in artificial intelligence, and named the fastest-growing company in Silicon Valley and the third-fastest growing company in the U.S. by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™. To learn more, visit