Who is behind NextDNS?

NextDNS was founded in May 2019 in Delaware, USA by two French founders Romain Cointepas and Olivier Poitrey. Olivier has been working on Internet infrastructures for the last 20 years. In 2005, he founded Dailymotion, the largest video sharing service after Youtube and the most popular European website in the world at the time. He is currently Director of Engineering at Netflix, working on Open Connect, Netflix's home CDN also known as the CDN moving about 30% of the total US Internet traffic. Romain and Olivier closely worked for years at Dailymotion on many different projects. Romain ended up leading the mobile & TV department.

We are true supporters of the net neutrality and Internet privacy. We believe that un-encrypted DNS resolvers operated by ISPs are detrimental to those two principles. Alternative solutions like Google DNS or Cloudflare DNS are great, but we think more actors need to step up and provide alternative services to avoid centralization of powers.

2 replies

    • Jonatan_PINO
    • 2 yrs ago
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    I've been using Google Public DNS and Cloudflare DNS, and NextDNS has filtering capabilities not found in those services (Google Public DNS does not have any filtering capabilities at all). So, I'm very satisfied with this service. Totally recomended!

      • Eric_Peacock
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jonatan PINO fine tuning the DNS filtering is only one benefit of nextdns!

      The analytics and reporting are better than what I see on many business/enterprise class solutions!

      When I first signed up for nextdns subscription, I got overly aggressive with the block list subscriptions. I was able to use the analytics and reporting to fine tune my allow-list to let through all the things that were blocked by the many lists I'd subscribed to - without having to unsub from those lists.

      Example: in the last 30 minutes, nextdns has blocked 61 of 1041 DNS queries from my home network. 😎