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Axon Overview

Scottsdale, AZ
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (AAXN)
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Since its founding in 1993, Axon (formerly TASER International) has been at the forefront of innovation in public safety technology. Our earliest CEWs represented a revolution in non-lethal weaponry, giving officers a safer alternative to more traditional types of force. More ... Read more

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  • Today Axon announced free body-worn cameras, software and training support to all law enforcement agencies across the US!

    National Camera Trial

    Fewer than one-third of law enforcement agencies in the US have body cameras today, despite this technology having been available for over five years and demonstrating substantial impact on complaints and uses of force. With this trial, we hope to accelerate the adoption across all agencies and equip all officers with the latest and best technology.

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Axon – Why Work For Us?

Meet Michelle Guarino, Product Designer. Michelle oversees the customer experience portion of Axon product creation across websites and online applications. She works to wireframe idea sketches, collaborates with engineers to update specs or push pixel designs, and meets with product managers to ensure all goals are aligned and features are being built according to research.

Meet Nache Shekarri, Head of Video Engineering. Nache’s goals are threefold. He assembles a team to help with product development, helps them prioritize development activities, and ensures each product exceeds all expectations. He works closely with colleagues in manufacturing, software, communications, and product management to create minimal risk strategies, execute ideas, and troubleshoot any issues that arise in the process.

Meet Ashley Thomas, Instructional Designer, Learning & Development. Ashley works with company stakeholders to put together employee and customer training programs based on product roadmaps. Learning opportunities include everything from conferences to e-modules, webinars, and virtual classes. It’s her goal to ensure that each person who touches an Axon product is fully aware of its capabilities.

Meet Bryan Wheeler, VP of Software Engineering. Bryan’s responsibilities span three main areas. First, he builds the best team possible, reaching out to recruits and conducting rigorous interviews. Second, he sits with other engineers and architects to design the technologies that Axon offers to law enforcement officials. Third, and perhaps most importantly, he works directly with clients to determine where the needs are.

It was never going to be easy.

We started small. Garage-small. Just two brothers and an inventor fueled by the desire to make the world a safer place. And then we grew, with hard work and that same drive, into an expansive technology company that delivers public safety's most trusted network of devices and apps.

In April 2017 we changed our corporate name to Axon, after many years of operating as TASER International. Our mission to protect life endures, but we're going about it in new ways—with Smart Weapons that protect life in the moment of conflict, cameras that depict the truth and help prevent civil unrest, and automated reporting and evidence management that will triple the amount of time officers can spend serving their communities.

Today, more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies in 100+ countries around the world are part of the Axon network. That sounds big, but we've never forgotten where we started, and the scrappy, garage-style pursuit of big goals continues to get us out of bed each day.

Work with us

Our mission to protect life is what drives us. Whether protecting life through each line of code you write or through the devices you've led to launch, you'll be making a difference. Our team is inclusive, humble, and determined, no matter the project or activity. Whatever your goals are, you'll have the freedom to work on projects you care about, and the support of people who will challenge you in new ways.

We recognize the hard work and responsibility of all Axon employees, and try to give back by focusing on employee happiness and unique perks.

  • Healthcare: A choice of two medical plans, as well as dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • No set vacation time limits: Come and go as you need to. (Full-time salary positions only.)
  • Tuition Reimbursement: We encourage employees to pursue personal development goals, and we'll help you reach them.
  • Free beverages and snacks: You can expect anything from fruit and healthy snacks to a latte machine or free sodas.
  • Top tech equipment: As a tech company, we care about having the right tools and supplies to do our jobs. You'll have what you need.
  • Strong 401k: We'll match a percentage so you're set up for a great future after a job well done.
  • Team-building activities: River rafting, bubble soccer, and picnics are just some recent examples.

Our executive team is made up of leaders with broad business and technology experience. You will find them sitting in the same open work spaces as everyone else, always ready for new ideas.

Rick Smith CEO & Cofounder

The driving force behind Rick Smith's strong leadership is the aspiration to reduce world violence. Since 1993, he has dedicated himself to delivering innovative technology solutions to create safer communities. He's an approachable leader who loves a good brainstorm, and is invigorated by challenging problems and the team he's assembled to help solve them.

More About Rick:

  • Education: BS in Neuroscience from Harvard (Cum Laude); Master's in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium; MBA from the University of Chicago
  • Awards: Co-winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year; Made The Phoenix Business Journal's list of “Most Admired CEOs and Top-Level Executives” in 2010
  • Fun Fact: Once rappelled into the atrium of TASER headquarters

Luke Larson President

Luke joined TASER in June of 2008 and has filled a variety of executive and management roles. He currently serves as President of TASER International, where he oversees all domestic and international sales, marketing and communications, operations, people and culture as well as hardware engineering. Luke values big thinking and bold moves, which he's helped TASER pursue during his tenure.

More About Luke:

  • Education: BA from the University of Arizona, MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Previous Roles: Marine Corps infantry officer serving two tours in Iraq; awarded the Bronze Star with V for valor
  • Fun Fact: Recently summited Mount Rainier in Washington

Dan Behrendt Chief Financial Officer

Dan joined TASER in May of 2004 and now manages all aspects of corporate finance and investor relations. Bringing in over 25 years of experience as a financial analyst with various companies, Dan is valuable member of the TASER executive team.

More About Dan:

  • Education: BS in Accounting from Mount Union College; MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at the Case Western Reserve University
  • Previous Roles: Financial Analyst for the Power Generation Group of Babcock and Wilcox, Manager of Business Planning and Analysis for Teledyne Fluid Systems; Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, VP and Corporate Controller, and later SVP and CFO of Imperial Home Decor
  • Fun Fact: Enjoys weekend motorcycle rides in the Arizona desert

Doug Klint General Counsel

Doug has been with the company since December of 2002 and now oversees TASER’s robust legal department, managing risk management, litigation, corporate governance, securities compliance, intellectual property, employment law, and patent law. Doug is an unflappable presence leading one of the company's busiest departments.

More About Doug:

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College; J.D. from William Mitchell College (Cum Laude)
  • Previous roles: CEO of Aspec Technology in Sunnyvale, California; Vice President and General Counsel of Gatefield Corporation and of Zycad Corporation; Partner in the law firm of Talle, Klint, and Trimble
  • Fun Fact: Once lived in Africa

Marcus Womack General Manager of

Marcus joined the company in 2013 and brought with him over 15 years of product design, development, and management experience. He now oversees all aspects of Axon and, including product development and information technology, from our Seattle office. Marcus helps keep the startup spirit alive on a daily basis and still excited by all things tech.

More About Marcus:

  • Education: BA from Pacific Lutheran University
  • Previous Roles: Co-Founder and CEO of Familiar, Inc. (acquired by TASER); Lead Program Manager for Microsoft Xbox Live; Director of Product Management, VP and GM at iLike, later acquired by MySpace; additional product roles at Zune and MSN Music
  • Fun Fact: Is an avid bicyclist

Josh Isner Executive Vice President, Global Sales

Josh Isner came to TASER in 2009 as a member of our Leadership Development Program. After rotating through several departments in the company, he eventually helmed our domestic video and cloud sales team, which he led to a record year in 2014. Josh now oversees the entire sales organization.

More About Josh:

  • Education: BS in Government & Political Science from Harvard
  • Previous Roles: Director of Leadership Development, Northeast Regional Sales Executive, and VP of Video and Cloud Sales at TASER
  • Fun Fact: Was a varsity golfer in college

Glenn Hickman Vice President, Engineering

Glenn has been with TASER since 2011, having started in our Leadership Development Program and spending time with our advanced research, people and culture, and software development teams. This background has helped Glenn encourage cross-functional teamwork across the organization. He now oversees all hardware engineering.

More About Glenn:

  • Education: BS in Biomedical Engineering and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford
  • Previous Roles: Product Manager at TASER; Biomedical engineer at Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Fun Fact: Was raised on one of the largest chicken farms in the US

Our Values

Our vision is bigger than just cameras or weapons. We're working every day to make the bullet obsolete. To make this a reality, we live and breathe six core values that serve as guiding principles:


Walk with the customer as you transform their world.

We never want to develop or sell something that you don't want or need. We're obsessed with creating products that solve real problems and add value. If it doesn't benefit you, then we rethink what we're doing.


Think big with a long-term view.

We want to reinvent the world to be a safer, better place. We've failed spectacularly a few times, but that's what you get when you aim for the stars. That's our final destination.


Win with integrity.

We are fiercely competitive and have an unquenchable thirst to win, but we don’t think winning and doing the right thing are mutually exclusive. Our challenge is to make them synonymous — and never compromise our integrity.


Commit, take action, and deliver.

We empower individuals to step up and take initiative. Be an owner and see things through to completion. That's the only way we've been able to succeed as a company, and it's the only we will continue to grow.


Act as one global team.

Creating the future is a team sport. When a company scales globally in 40 different markets with multiple technology stacks ranging from wearables and cloud to electronic weapons, you need teamwork. We're one global team committed to an audacious vision.


Deliver with respect. Assume positive intent.

Candor gets critical issues elevated and the truth on the table — it gets us to the right answer faster. How can we be the best version of ourselves and the best company we can be if we can't offer and be given critical feedback?

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    "Love the mission, love the people, love what I do"

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    The mission. The work. The people.
    Axon is a unique company with a mission like no others (this got me interested). The work is challenging, fun and rewarding (I love what I do). The people keep me engaged; I am surrounded by excellence and enjoy the people I work with (this keeps me here).
    If the mission resonates, if you want challenging and engaging work, and you like to be surrounded by wonderful people; Axon is for you.


    The pantry has too many great items that tempt me from my diet.

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    Keep up the great work.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Axon (Seattle, WA).


    Contacted online. Recruiter was one of the best I've ever worked with. Spoke on the phone a few times. I was invited in to meet with an engineer and gain a level of comfort with the team. I really appreciated that. Finally, I was asked to interview in person, with four staff, each for an hour. The experience on the day was incredible. The people were awesome and I really enjoyed working on the questions with them.

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    • Plenty of questions about my experience. They took a genuine interest in real and important work experiences and their style was friendly and conversational. So refreshing.

      Out of respect for a company that treated me very well from beginning to end, I will not divulge individual questions. However, if you have practiced your algorithm and data structure fundamentals and you can solve problems reasonably well, you will enjoy interviewing here. The questions are challenging, but the engineers are good at helping to bring out the best in you.   Answer Question
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