Q&A With Josh Goldman:
What brought you to Axon?
After serving in the military, I was drawn to Axon’s mission to protect life. I am passionate about this mission and our vision to ensure everyone gets home safe. I want to help make a positive difference in the world and leave it a better place for my daughter, and at Axon, I know we are actually making an impact.
What’s your leadership style?
I am a firm believer in leading from the front. As leaders, our job is to establish the framework and vision for the company, then find the right people to bring on board. But it doesn’t end there. We need to empower and provide them with the right tools they need to succeed - whether that’s mentorship, being a sounding board or encouraging them to take risks. At Axon we are doing incredible things. We have a big vision and to succeed we are taking moon shots. With that comes a high bar of talent and making sure that leadership is not only supporting the operations, visions and metrics of the company, but also making sure teams have the freedom to take the lead.
What are you most excited about right now?
I am really excited about international expansion. With the technology strides that Axon has taken in the U.S., we’ve shown the world what our products can do. We are focusing on breaking down barriers with transparency and the tough conversations that need to be had, and we continue to give public safety around the world different ways and tools to deal with critical situations so that they can de-escalate safety and effectively.
Can you tell us about a powerful moment in your life that helped shape where you are today?
While in the Marine Corps, I served two deployment tours and was no stranger to seeing the daily hardships and struggles that war and conflict brought upon those around me. While on tour in Africa, we were stationed in a difficult part of the country that was struggling due to constant conflict and economic suffering. One day, we met a town elder, who although surrounded by hardship and chaps, had the most positive and inspiring attitude that I still think about to this day. It’s a constant reminder of the power of the human spirit; that although a situation may seem insurmountably difficult, with the right attitude and perspective you can change the world and those around you.
What organizations in Arizona are you involved in and passionate about?
As a veteran, I mentor other transitioning veterans both within Axon as well as within the community as a part of several USMC charities and organizations. I’ve participated in Arizona’s “Vet Talks,” similar to TED Talks, which feature presentations from military professionals who have transitioned into civilian life in partnership with several AZ companies. I also give my time to basset hound animal rescue organizations.
What advice you would give your 18-year-old self?
First, to slow down and get the most out of life’s journey, don’t be in such a rush to get to the finish line - it doesn’t exist. Second, to chase the right experiences to round out your skillset and never lose sight of the people you lead and those on your team, as they are the ones that matter most.