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Founder, Chief Innovation Officer
Founder, Chief Growth Officer
Publish dateApr 17, 2023
Reflecting on ten years since the Boston Marathon bombing, we think about the work we have done together and what lies ahead. In 2011 and 2012, we were actively searching for new technology that could transform an industry. The Sandy Hook tragedy on December 14, 2012 was followed by 52 more mass shootings over 122 days, leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. It became clear to both of us that there was a bigger need for technology that could address this new and evolving epidemic.
We started Evolv to develop products that could help reduce the risk for these catastrophic headline events. Our founding principle was that any successful solution had to detect the weapons that were actually being used while allowing people to continue to live at ‘the pace of life’. This meant not always having to stop, remove personal items or create traditional checkpoints. It took us six years to develop and start deploying technology that could meet this need. Since the Express was launched in September 2019, we have screened over 700 million, helping keep them safer from harm.
Unfortunately, ten years later the U.S. has more mass shootings, and gun violence continues to rage. Over the 106 days this year there have been 163 mass shootings taking 228 lives and 4,511 additional lives were lost to gun violence. Over 44 people each day. Our work is just getting started.
As we continue to drive forward, developing new products, building and deploying our technology, spreading the word to help protect more places, and ensuring that Evolv can do this day in and day out, we thank our team of dedicated employees and partners who work every day to help make the world a safer place. Our mission has never been more important.