Rick Smith


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Rick Smith founded Axon Enterprise (formerly TASER International) in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Smith pushed the company beyond weapons technology and toward a broader purpose of using hardware, software, and artificial intelligence to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company―now called Axon Enterprise―has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted electric weapons, body-worn cameras, and software. Smith graduated from Harvard with a BA in biology and later earned a master’s in international finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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“Silicon Valley has a major, transformative role to play in making our world less deadly. And frankly, it should disappoint all of us to see the Valley shirk that opportunity in order to develop better advertising engines or more addictive social apps.”
Rick Smith, The End of Killing: How Our Newest Technologies Can Solve Humanity’s Oldest Problem



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