Innovation For Responders

Providing Venture Capital for Public Safety

WELCOME TO RESPONDER VENTURES

About Us

Responder Ventures, LLC is a venture capital firm formed to identify, invest in, and manage a portfolio of technology companies that provide innovative products and solutions to the public safety sector.

About Us

What We Invest In

Responder invests in disruptive technology, innovative companies and likeminded passionate individuals. We search for opportunities where we can leverage our unique expertise and network to help promising entrepreneurs and technology realize full potential.

What We Invest In

Who We Invest With

We invest and partner with committed, driven and likeminded high-integrity individuals. We value innovation and passion above experience or track record. We value commitment and trustworthiness above personal wealth or means.

Who We Invest With

MEET THE RESPONDER TEAM

  • Nathanial Wish

    Founder & Managing Partner
  • Dennis Weiner

    Founder & Managing Partner
  • Bryce Stirton

    Managing Partner

Nathanial is the Founder & Managing Partner of Responder Ventures which is the result of his deep experiences as an investor, entrepreneur, and practitioner in the public safety markets. In addition to leading Responder Ventures focus on investing in innovation for public safety, Nathanial is an active Reserve Deputy and Detective with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He has extensive operational experience in procurement, sales, marketing and operations within early stage growth oriented companies. He is an active board member of several portfolio companies.

Since 2004, Nathanial has been making investments across a variety of sectors and is a Managing Member of Wish Investments, a single family office with diverse public and private investments. He grew up in the Palm Beach area and has his paramedic license and pilot’s license and is active in the local philanthropic community.

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Dennis Weiner is a results producing chief executive with extensive sworn public safety and military experience. He is a leader in empowering Intelligence-led Policing-based operations through Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems adoption and implementation. He has advanced knowledge of law enforcement agency operations, emergency management, and strategic planning. He has excellent communication, motivational and decision-making skills. He is an accomplished professional with demonstrated ability to perform in a fast-paced competitive environment, maintaining quality control while meeting deadlines and budgets.

As a leader, he inspires confidence, respect, trust and a sense of mission. He utilizes a participative and inclusive leadership style to build consensus toward organization and department goals. He researches and implements innovative and cutting-edge crime prevention and law enforcement tactics and programs as part of comprehensive crime control strategies. As a law enforcement executive, he is committed to integrating leading edge technology into law enforcement operations, and is interested in developing and applying performance measures to police operations and administration. He is a student and practitioner of Intelligence-Led Policing, Crime Analysis, Predictive Policing and Community Policing models and philosophies. As a Navy Security Officer, he is experienced in the operation of maximum security detention facilities responsible for the transparent and humane custody and control of high value detainees. Strategic Planning / Business Intelligence / Change & Crisis Management / Process Improvement / Innovation / Organizational Reengineering / Training / High Tech Surveillance / Risk Management / Productivity / Turnarounds / Leadership / Emergency Response

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Bryce is a Managing Partner at Responder Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Jupiter, Florida that invests in early stage disruptive companies and technologies in the public safety sector. Bryce is responsible for sourcing and vetting top-tier investment opportunities for the fund. Bryce provides expertise in the analysis, diligence, valuation and structure of the firm's investments.

Previously Bryce was an Associate for Zacks Investment Banking, a 600-person financial services firm headquartered in Chicago, IL, where he was responsible for valuation, due diligence and financial modeling for the firm’s investment banking and capital markets operations. Prior to joining Zacks, Bryce was the Senior Analyst at Ancor Capital Partners, a lower-middle market private equity firm. While at Ancor, Bryce evaluated prospective acquisition opportunities including valuation, capital structure determination and due diligence analysis. Additionally, Bryce provided financial, transactional and operational support for the firm’s portfolio companies. Bryce graduated cum laude with honors and a degree in Economics with minors in Finance and Spanish from Texas Christian University.

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Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, Safe City

RESPONDER VENTURES PORTFOLIO

Bounce Imaging

Bounce ImagingBounce provides first responders with technologies that allow them to see what lies ahead in dangerous environments so they can make better decisions and improve civilian safety, as well as their own. First responders and other individuals in hazardous situations can throw low-cost, omnidirectional cameras into a room, tunnel, attic, or other potentially hazardous area and get back real-time, 360-degree video and sensor data about what is happening inside.

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RapidSOS

Every year millions of lives are impacted when emergency communications systems fail. RapidSOS’ award-winning technology platform developed at MIT and Harvard is able to predict emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in harm’s way, and ensure that first responders are one-touch away regardless of where you travel.

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Kaseware

Kaseware, Inc. is a software company dedicated to providing innovative incident and case management, investigative, analytical, and information sharing solutions to law enforcement, intelligence, and corporate security organizations. The Kaseware system was designed and built by a team with extensive real-world law enforcement and investigative experience having successfully built and implemented the FBI’s award-winning case management system, Sentinel.

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Ten8Tech

Case Service: A digital partner for patrol. Patrol units respond to emergencies, but agencies can now redirect select non-emergency calls to advanced automation with the confidence citizens will be served well. This is new innovative technology for patrol delivered via a no-fuss cloud platform. Most people call 911 when they need help from police, and handing them over to the voice entry-point is simply the fastest and most effective way to respond to their need. Once connected, citizens engage with an intelligent engine that provides an investigative dialogue to help them communicate and get service. Citizens can then choose how and when to communicate as they can move in and out of the conversation and change the method via by voice, mobile, SMS, or the web.

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SceneDoc

SceneDoc is public safety’s first all-in-one mobile software for data collection and retrieval. With support from some of the largest strategic corporations in the industry, and as the first mover and leading solution to a major problem affecting police and investigative agencies across the globe, we believe SceneDoc is well positioned to capture significant market share and build meaningful long-term value in an industry composed of active strategic acquirers.

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EagleEye Intelligence

Providing Public Safety with an End-to-End Incident Management and Aerial Platforms Solution EagleEye Intelligence provides end-to-end incident management and aerial platform solutions for public safety and security. We solve a pressing need to unify and manage real-time intelligence given complex operational ecosystems of applications, data, equipment, and growing use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Our core software application, Intelligent Event Response (IER™) integrates and unifies a wide variety of real-time intelligence and operational data and advanced analytics across one common operating platform, STRAX.™ Our expertise includes comprehensive mission and concept of operations evaluation, program development, unified intelligence, and systems integration. UAS expertise includes mission planning and integration, airframes and payloads, and real-time mission support. http://www.eagleeyeintelligence.com/

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Synapse

Synapse Technology Corporation modernizes the defense image intelligence industry with proprietary deep learning and computer vision technology.

Synapse Technology first tackles security screening checkpoints with our intelligent threat detection system, which operates on baggage X-Ray & CT scanners. As a member of the US Government OTAP program, we are collaborating with TSA, Sandia National Labs, and checkpoint OEMs.

Current baggage security checkpoints have a low accuracy due to their dependance on inaccurate human perception to identify prohibited items. Our software systems increase accuracy significantly, while helping operators avoid false positives with our safe-item detection ability.

https://www.syntechcorporation.com/

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GroupDoList

GroupDoLists, powered by Centrallo, dramatically simplifies team coordination during unexpected incidents, instantly creating a common operating picture across security operation centers and dispersed response teams, keeping everyone synchronized during any situation.

https://centrallo.com/

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Influential And Visionary Advisors

Jason Welch

Vincent Tedesco

Barry Wish

Joe Belden

Max Kramer

Gisli Rafn Olafsson

Marc Glasser, MS, CPP

Joel Smernoff

John Thompson

Nik Kumar

Jason T. Welch is the Managing Partner of R.I.C. Executive Search. A South Florida native, Jason is primarily responsible for the management of client relationships (recruiting and retaining top executives) as well as design and implementation of new organizational development initiatives for clients focused on leadership, career success and peak performance in the workplace.

Prior to joining R.I.C. in 2001, Jason co-founded an eCommerce company where he was Vice President of Business Development.  Jason also spent a number of years with AutoNation, Inc., the FORTUNE 100, automotive giant.   In his years at AutoNation he influenced many as a Training Specialist who traveled the country sharing the company vision.  His leadership, enthusiasm and sincerity helped him become a premier training professional, known to many across the country.  After his years in training, Jason became a Purchasing Manager at AutoNation where he was responsible for managing more than $25 million in commodities and reducing millions of dollars in expenses on an annual basis. Giving back to the community is a priority for Jason.  He serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of South Florida, where he is the Chairman of the Board.  In addition, he is an active member of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit and coaches Little League Baseball teams.  Over the years, Jason has volunteered his time with numerous projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Broward, and teaching Junior Achievement elementary school curriculum.  Jason was honored in both 2002 and 2003 as a Finalist for the South Florida Business Journal, Up & Comer’s Award.  In 2003 and 2004, Jason was a proud nominee of the Sun-Sentinel Publisher’s Community Service Award. Jason attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Leadership Development.   He is married and resides with his family in South Florida.

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As Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Total Technology Solutions, Vincent Tedesco has more than 27 years of experience in the information technology industry, and has built an organization that delivers results by aligning technology initiatives with client business goals and budgets.

His vision and leadership have contributed greatly to Total’s success, enabling the organization to evolve with the IT industry and to offer clients relevant solutions in the constantly changing market. In 2003, he founded Total Computer Software, LLC, which developed Total Enforcement™, a software application for the public safety industry. In 2012 Total Enforcement was acquired by Tiburon Inc., the industry-leading provider of mission critical public safety software solutions. Vin was contracted by Tiburon for two years as an executive and Chief Operating Officer until 2015. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board for a new startup company, Ten8Tech a newly developed non-emergency (311) case management system. The proprietary IP includes voice to text, web, mobile and texting capabilities. His associations include membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a regular contributor to the “Long Island Help Desk Institute”, and has been serving on the Board of Directors for “Long Island Cares” for the past four years. Vin has been featured on “Computer Reseller News” as well as many other publications pertaining to the IT business. He is a participant in the TechSelect Program and attends annual conferences. Vin is also an active attendee in the Connectwise Annual IT conference, known as IT Nation. Some of the many accolades that Vin has helped Total achieve include being named by Deloitte & Touche for four consecutive years as one of the 50 fastest growing companies on Long Island, and continuing as a Microsoft Silver Partner. His spare time is spent with his family, wife and three children, along with his role as a member of the NSCAA soccer association.
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Mr. Barry Neal Wish founded Oxford Financial Group and also served as its Managing General Partner from 1983 to 1995. From 1979 to 1983, Mr. Wish served as Founder and Managing General Partner of Walsh, Greenwood, Wish & Co. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. He served as a Partner at Kidder Peabody Group Inc.

Mr. Wish has been the Non-Executive Chairman of Ocwen Financial Corp. since January 2015 – March 20156. He served as the Chairman Emeritus of Ocwen Financial Corp. since September 1996 and has been its Director since 1988. He served as Chairman of Ocwen from January 1988 to September 1996. He served as a Director of Ocwen Federal Bank FSB, a subsidiary of Ocwen Financial Corp., since February 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science Doctorate degree from Bowdoin College.

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Joe is the Director of Information Technology at TransUnion’s Specialized Risk Group division. He’s held leadership positions for the last 15 of his 25 years’ of experience in technology-based businesses. He specializes in the ability to assess business technical requirements, lead the design and delivery of solutions to drive revenue based on those requirements, and seek new concepts for future growth for corporations conducting business in a global market.

Joe is the Director of Information Technology at TransUnion’s Specialized Risk Group division.   He’s held leadership positions for the last 15 of his 25 years’ of experience in technology-based businesses.   He specializes in the ability to assess business technical requirements, lead the design and delivery of solutions to drive revenue based on those requirements, and seek new concepts for future growth for corporations conducting business in a global market.   Joe has always sought out means to help the community in parallel his technical abilities.  He is a trained firefighter paramedic and has served as such in the cities of Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, and Chattanooga.  He is currently serving the community as a sworn law enforcement officer with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy.  Joe sits on the board of directors and serves as Treasurer for the AC Delray Soccer Club, the recreation and travel soccer club for introducing and developing children to the sport in Delray Beach.  Joe is married and has raised his two kids in the South Florida area where he has lived for 23 years.  He is a licensed pilot, scuba diver, amateur radio operator, and enjoys numerous other hobbies.

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Max Kramer is a longtime public safety innovator and brings a wealth of experience to Responder Ventures. Currently, Kramer is the Founder & CEO of Centinel Solutions, Inc., which provides law enforcement, security, and military agencies the first-ever, patent-pending, firearm mounted camera end-to-end encrypted solution that offers clarity and support to law enforcement agencies. Kramer brings his extensive experience and will lean on his keen understanding of the Public Safety Marketplace.

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Gisli Olafsson is the Chief Technology Officer of Beringer Finance, the largest technology-focused investment bank in Europe. Gisli has been active in the IT industry for over 30 years, ever since he sold his first program at the age of 14. He worked for 10 years at Microsoft, where he was involved in product development, sales, technical evangelism, and most recently as a trusted advisor to national governments and international organizations on the effective use of technology in their operations.

Gisli’s deep understanding of technology, his long-time software product development expertise, and his extensive network inside and outside of the technology industry enables him to quickly provide value to technology companies. Gisli has also over the past 15 years worked closely with the startup community and is an advisory board member and a member of the board of directors of numerous startups. Prior to joining Beringer Finance in 2015, Gisli served as the Emergency Response Director of NetHope, a consortium of 50 of the leading non-profit organizations in the world. Gisli is one of the leading experts in the world on the use of technology in disaster response and is a sought after speaker, trainer, and advisor on the role technology can play in enhancing the response to large-scale natural and man-made disasters. Gisli continues to serve as a Humanitarian Advisor to NetHope. Prior to joining NetHope, Gisli has over 20 years of experience in the field of disaster management and was an active member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, a team of experienced disaster managers which are on stand-by to deploy anywhere in the world on a 6 hour notice to coordinate the first response of the international community to disasters on behalf of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Gisli has participated in disaster field missions in connections with floods in Ghana (2007), Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008), Hurricane Ike in Texas (2008), Sichuan Earthquake (2008), Pandemic Outbreak (2009), West Sumatra Earthquake (2009), Haiti Earthquake (2010), Japan Earthquake/Tsunami (2011), Horn of Africa Famine (2011), Philippine’s Typhoons (2012 and 2013), West Africa Ebola Outbreak (2014-2015), and European Refugee Crisis (2015). Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti 2010, Gisli led the first international rescue team that arrived in the country. The combination of Gisli’s extensive field experience in disaster management and technology background provides Gisli a deep understanding how technology can be applied to solve the most challenging collaboration issues faced in austere environments. This has led him to be appointed to various advisory boards and committees, such as the US State Department’s sub-committee on the use of technology in international disasters. Gisli was named a UNICEF Humanitarian Innovation Fellow and a Technology Partner Network Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013. In 2014, Gisli published the book The Crisis Leader, about the role of leadership in times of crisis, leveraging examples from his missions around the world to provide readers with an insight into the key aspects of leadership critical during chaotic times like disasters. The book has been translated into two languages and been sold worldwide. Gisli holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Chemistry from Copenhagen University (Denmark 1993). Gisli currently lives in Palo Alto, along with his wife and 1 of his 5 children.

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Marc Glasser’s career spans over three decades of public and private sector service including law enforcement, homeland security, emergency management, academics, research, and training. Marc has worked in over 90 countries. Marc is most excited about technology and innovation. He is the founder and CEO of the recent start-up Esilient™. Esilient™ is a subsidiary of the State of Washington company Alpha Green LLC. Esilient™ promotes Technology Empowered Resilience™ through innovative technology application. It is the mission of Esilient™ to advance cutting-edge technology from early stage development to industry-wide adoption resulting in “resilience best practices”. Esilient™ evaluates possible technical initiative advantages and disadvantages in terms of both micro (single industry-specific) and macro (multiple-industries) in addition to innovation (new applications, combinations, and relationships) perspectives.

Marc was the CEO of RM (Resilience Management) LLC. RM LLC is a security, crisis management, and business continuity services company. Marc’s US Government service included serving as a Special Agent with the US Department of State and US Department of Transportation. He managed the critical infrastructure branch and staff protecting the US National Air Space (NAS) for an eight-state region with approximately 200 staffed and 1,100 unstaffed facilities. He managed a Federal Continuity of Operations (COOP) program involving 12 western states and the South Pacific. He served as a Federal Emergency Response Official (FERO) and Regional Emergency Transportation Representative team member in support of the National Response Framework (NRF) Emergency Support Function #1 involving Federal responses to incidents of national significance. He has supervised or conducted over 600 threat and vulnerability assessments addressing natural disasters, technical disruptions and terrorist risks. He conducted Federal criminal and civil investigations and presidential appointee-level suitability investigations. He has served in a Fusion Center and as a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and FBI Organized Crime Task Force member. He served on three US Secretary of State’s Protective Details. He served as a US Department of State Diplomatic Courier ensuring the integrity of Top Secret materials. He is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia. During college, Marc served as a Texas Department of Corrections Correctional Officer and a Maximum Security correctional facility. He has presented at national and international conferences. He participates on multiple professional associations, academic and editorial boards. His publications include industry practitioner and academic peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been a professor at six universities, teaching and developing curriculum, in over 50 different course subjects. He holds a Master of Science in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University. His professional accreditations include CPP, CORE, FABCHS, CHS-V, CDEP as well as FEMA HSEEP and COOP certified. Marc has traveled to 100 countries and has lived in 17 cities in three countries and currently lives in the Seattle area. Marc enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, researching, writing, culture, traveling, nature and the outdoors and supporting sustainability practices. For more information, please see Marc’s LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/marcglasser or contact him at marc@glasser.me.

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Joel is a professional tech COO and experienced internet executive with 15+ years experience making significant things happen for venture-backed B2B and B2C startups as a trusted partner to the CEO, Board, and the investment team. He is a metrics driven, problem-solving operator with proven abilities to innovate on product, and scale customers and revenue dramatically.

Joel also has deep experience in disaster preparedness and urban/wilderness survival. He was one of the early members of San Francisco’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in 1991, right after the Loma Prieta earthquake and has been on Manhattan CERT Team #3 since 2010. He has completed survival training at the famed Tom Brown Jr. Tracker School, firearms training at the world-class Gunsite Academy and with the legendary Travis Haley of Haley Strategic Partners, and courses in wilderness first aid with NOLS and ARC. After experiencing two hurricanes, two major blackouts, a major terrorist event, several tornados, and even an earthquake, all in New York City over the past 15 years, and becoming a father of two young children, Joel keeps family preparedness at the front of his mind as the Chairman and CEO of Black Umbrella (bespoke emergency preparedness for high net worth families).

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John Thompson has spent 30 years supporting the Federal and State and Local public safety market place in numerous leadership roles at Motorola. John has extensive experience in providing; enterprise software, communications systems, SaaS solutions, mobile computing and other technologies to agencies across North America. John has served the public safety market in engineering, systems integration, business development, marketing and sales roles.

John served on the TechAmerica Board of Directors for five years providing leadership and direction, for the strategy of the organization in support of its mission to affect the national and state level legislative agendas affecting IT companies and government CIO’s. John is passionate about enabling public safety through technology and innovation.

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Nik is an active investor with a passion for fueling innovation in the public safety market through private capital. His experience includes Investment Associate roles focused on the public safety, defense, and cybersecurity industries at the private equity firm AEA Investors LP and the alternative investment firm Sound Harbor Partners in New York.

Nik began his career as an Investment Banker in the Leveraged Finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of high yield bond, leveraged loan, and asset-based loan transactions. Nik currently serves as an active duty officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York City Police Department and is a graduate of Cornell University.

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Responder News / Media

Responder Ventures Pursue First Official Fund

Public Safety Investors at Responder Ventures Pursue First Official Fund The firm thinks now is the time to be investing in public safety technology. One of the big reasons why? FirstNet. BY BEN MILLER / JULY 13, 2017 Body cameras, broadband and big data — there’s a lot happening in public safety tech right now, and Responder Ventures wants to get in early. The Florida-based venture capital firm, now about two years old and six investments deep, is in the process of raising money for its first …

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RapidSOS Closes $14M Series A Funding Round to Transform Safety & Security

RapidSOS Closes $14M Series A Funding Round to Transform Safety & Security -Three former FCC Chairmen join Highland Capital Partners, Motorola Solutions, A3 Ventures (the innovation subsidiary of AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah), Westly Group, Responder Ventures and Two Sigma in financing -RapidSOS technology platform provides direct data link from millions of connected devices (smartphones, wearables, connected cars, and home IoT) to 911 and first responders -Prior to RapidSOS, the only way to reach help was via a voice …

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SceneDoc closes investment round to support ambitious growth

SceneDoc closes investment round to support ambitious growth Today at 11:24 AM SceneDoc’s revolutionary productivity solutions are modernizing law enforcement and public safety workflow PALM BEACH, Fla., May 2, 2017 — SceneDoc Inc., a global law enforcement and public safety software provider, today announced the completion of a round of financing co-led by Responder Ventures (Palm Beach, FL), Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (Schaumburg, Illinois) and iGan Partners (Toronto, Ontario). SceneDoc is public safety’s new standard for mobile data collection. By …

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EMS1.com – New VC, Responder Ventures, launches investments to focus on public safety technology innovation

      EMS1.com – New VC, Responder Ventures, launches investments to focus on public safety technology innovation Jupiter, FL (November, 2016) – Responder Ventures, LLC announces the formal launch of its industry-leading venture capital firm dedicated to investing in innovative products and solutions for the public safety sector. Responder aims to identify and support the top technologies available to assist first responder ventures within law enforcement, EMS, fire safety and military. Responder Ventures looks to invest $250K—$1M in early-stage …

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