What is KATANA Safety?
Katana Safety is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Using The Tools of our Time to Prevent Sexual Assault and Other Vulnerable Situations. The Katana Safety’s three-layer personal security solution – the Katana Arc, 24/7 Response Center and App – is the first personal security system that attaches directly to a smartphone. Though born out of preventing sexual assault on college campuses, the solution can be helpful to anyone that may find themselves alone such as latchkey children, college students, runners, seniors, air travelers or those with a medical concern.
Why create KATANA Safety now?
Experts estimate that in the United States, up to 28 percent of college women will experience some form of sexual assault, with one American being sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. Katana Safety is determined to change these numbers by making personal security available and affordable to anyone with a smartphone. After learning these staggering statistics, Katana Safety founder and CEO Todd Baldree began researching the personal safety market to find what was missing. “A personal safety solution is only helpful if you have it with you when you need it,” says Baldree. “Anyone can find themselves in a vulnerable situation when they least expect it, so accessibility was paramount. We realized that the perfect safety solution was an alarm and relay device that attached directly to a user’s smartphone – the one thing almost everyone has with them at all times.”
- Piercing audible alarm
- Hidden quick-release wristband
- Discreet silent alarm
- Bypass locked screen
- 24/7 On-Demand Professionals
- Will see your location on a map
- Can contact emergency services
- Can contact your KATANA Circle
- Add up to seven friends & family to your KATANA Circle that will be notified in an emergency
- Will know your location in an emergency
Founder & CEO
After seeing The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, Todd realized it was time for change. Using his experience as a successful entrepreneur, he dedicated himself to combining the tools and technology of the day to create the best possible personal security solution. Todd’s goal is to prevent bad things from happening to good people by giving everyone the tools to live a safe and empowered life. Todd has extensive experience as Founder and CEO with starting, funding, growing and divesting technology companies with disruptive business models such as Cox CustomMedia, Rentals.com and Level One. He has successfully closed transactions with top institutional funds such as Sequoia Capital, Softbank and Nautic Partners, along with strategic partners such as Cox Enterprises, Primedia and Real Page, Inc.
Chris Jones comes to Katana Safety with 18 years of experience in the Software and Technology Industry. Chris started his career as an engineer then software architect at VeriSign where he honed his skills in enterprise scale application security, performance, and design. From VeriSign, Chris was brought onboard as the Development Manager for Level One, a young startup that grew to be the preeminent BPO for multi-family marketing and facilities communications. Level One’s acquisition by RealPage afforded Chris the opportunity to again work for a public and international company, rising ultimately to VP of Development for multiple products and divisions while leading teams across the US and globally. After leaving RealPage, Chris became the VP of Technology Services for Trusource Labs focused on bringing technology and support to some of the internet and IoT’s leading brands. All at the same time Chris has been the founding partner of the Catalpa Group, consulting for startups, energized businesses, and service-oriented companies. Chris’ real passion is working with startups, and connecting businesses with their customers in a meaningful way, with this passion, Chris made a great fit as the CTO for KATANA Safety.
Director of Purpose
Specializing in the treatment of young women’s issues, including identity, self-esteem, anxiety and eating disorders, Tracy has built her career supporting individuals as they courageously battle through the hurts and hang-ups of life. When she isn’t practicing counseling, Tracy finds great passion in speaking to women, motivating and encouraging them to know their story and themselves better. Offering education on the reality of violence in our society, Tracy hopes that, through her work with Katana Safety, she can help realize a future where we outsmart and reduce violence together.
Director of Marketing
Kasey Hodges brings more than 18 years of entertainment and brand marketing experience to her role as marketing director at Katana Safety. She began her career in advertising and TV production before moving to digital agency DNA Studio, where she worked with clients from Sony to Toyota. Following her stint in digital marketing, she moved into production, serving programs on channels including The Travel Channel and E! before transitioning to associate producer for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, followed by eleven years in entertainment relations at Gibson Brands. Most recently she served as account manager at FlyteVu as the lead on the Cracker Barrel account, before taking the reins as marketing director at Katana Safety.
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