I’m the CEO of SURVIVR, a public safety company backed by Techstars. We’re building the world’s most realistic training simulator to help first responders improve their decision-making, de-escalation skills, and response times.
Technically those are student entities so they don’t count as startups, but they were my first exposure to leadership and building organizations from the ground up. I quickly realized that I was willing to endure gruesome hours just for the thrill of leading energetic teams around a common vision. I had finally found a reason to jump out of bed every morning.
My first startup was soon after with Immosis, a VR/AR production studio turned consultancy that has created applications in training, gaming, healthcare, and education. I’m grateful for Immosis being my punching bag as I navigated the raging waters of starting a company. Taking the company from a bunch of failed product experiments to a 6-figure consultancy within a year is still one of my proudest accomplishments to-date.
In fall 2018, we appeared on a radio show that was hosted by a retired police officer. When we let him try one of our VR games, he was taken aback by the sheer immersion of the technology. That’s when he insisted that we apply our expertise towards police training to help our communities go home at night.
After conducting feasibility research and taking home some competition wins, we decided to pursue SURVIVR full time. We’ve raised investor capital and are now proudly working with various police departments and the U.S. Air Force.
Beyond operating startups, I enjoy giving back by serving as a mentor and guest lecturer at my university. I have also worked as an investor at Mockingbird Ventures to appreciate the other side of the table.
DISCLAIMER: Any opinions are solely my own and not those of my employer.