Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> September 21, 2018

Interview with the CEO and Founder: Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAXN)

Smith, Rick
Rick Smith is the CEO and Founder of Axon Enterprise, Inc. A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Mr. Smith founded the original company, TASER, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Mr. Smith pushed the company beyond weapons technology and toward a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a Nasdaq-listed global market leader in conducted electrical weapons, body-worn cameras and software. Mr. Smith was winner of the Ernst & Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Smith graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in neuroscience — cum laude — and later earned a master’s degree in international finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Profile
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TWST: Could you please start with a brief history of Axon and bring us up-to-date on how the company has grown and changed over the recent past?