Rick Smith is the founder and CEO of Axon Enterprise, formerly TASER International. Rick graduated from Harvard University in May 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Just 7 months later, two of his childhood friends, Todd Bogers and Cory Holmes, were shot and killed by a civilian in a road rage incident in Scottsdale, AZ. This event changed the course of Rick’s career, and the course of public safety.
Intent on creating a less-lethal weapon for conflict resolution, Rick earned an MBA in finance from the UChicago Booth School of Business and an MBA in International Finance from Belgium’s University of Leuven. On September 7, 1993, 29 years ago today, Rick founded AIR TASER, Inc, which would become Axon, in a garage. The flagship product? The TASER energy weapon.
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