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Location-aware smartphone “panic button” and “what to do in an emergency” apps for universities, K-12 schools and other groups.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Business Products
  • Location New Canaan, CT, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded November 2010
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

DefenCall’s StaySafe apps improve emergency response by streamlining the call for help and providing enhanced situational awareness to responders. StaySafe provides a “panic button” to make emergency calls and send text/email alerts to contacts and dispatchers. StaySafe apps include “what to do in an emergency” procedures. Customers are universities, schools and groups including the University of California, Berkeley, Whitman College and others.


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    James C Ackerly

    Mr. Ackerly has had a 35 year career as technology innovator. He built two companies producing third-party peripherals for Apple computers, Then he turned to developing software products and services. Since 1995, Mr. Ackerly has provided technology consulting to AMR Corp, Sabre Group, AT&T and others. He served on the Board of Atari, Inc Mr. Ackerly earned an A.B. in Physics from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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    James P Ashman

    Mr. Ashman has more than two decades of experience as a finance executive and private investor. He has invested in and/or served as CFO a number of seed and early stage companies including Amici LLC (sold to Xerox Corp.), CAI Wireless Systems, Inc. (sold to MCI/Worldcom), Axxun Inc., Phone Labs Technology Company, Inc., SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc., Evident Technologies, Inc. and Starfire Systems, Inc. He has a BA and MBA from Columbia.

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    Michael Forbes

    Mr. Forbes has cutting-edge mobile and enterprise software products. He was a founder of Electric Compass, an enterprise location-based solutions company, with customers including Pepsi and the USMC. He was VP of Products & Marketing at LinksPoint, where he worked on the recovery application for FDNY firefighters at Ground Zero. At i3 Mobile, he helped grow the company from a startup through a successful IPO. He holds a BA from DePauw University.