CEO - RapidSOS
Michael Martin is a leading voice on public safety, personal security, and technology innovation. Michael has spoken before federal agencies and at top industry events on innovation, technology, safety, and security. Michael is co-founder and CEO of RapidSOS, an advanced emergency tech company, commercializing technology to predict and preempt emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in harm's way, and provide a rich data link from any device directly to first responders globally.
Michael's personal experiences around the challenges of emergency communication led him to found RapidSOS in 2013.
Michael brings extensive experience in start-up commercialization, financing, and strategy to RapidSOS. Previously, Michael worked at Braemar Energy Ventures, a $600M venture capital firm focused on energy technology. Michael also co-founded MS Consulting, a start-up strategy, financing, and operations consulting company with clients in the internet and mobile sectors. Between Braemar and MS Consulting, Michael served as a Board Member or Board Observer for eight companies in four countries. Before Braemar, Michael worked at Piper Jaffray in the Clean Technology Group. In the course of his principal investing activities and advisory work, Michael assisted nearly 50 companies commercialize their technologies, helping them secure in excess of $2 billion of capital.
Michael holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he received the R.F. Jasse Distinguished Award in Entrepreneurship and Leadership (top entrepreneurship award for class of 2015) and was named one of the “World's Best & Brightest MBAs” and one of the top two HBS ‘15 graduates by Poets & Quants. Michael received his BA Summa Cum Laude from Carleton College, where he was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. In 2017, Michael was named to the top of Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare list.
Michael has published pieces in a variety of media outlets, including the Washington Post, has been featured on the homepage of MIT and across national media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Fox News, TechCrunch, New Scientist, Smithsonian Magazine, and Popular Mechanics.