ShotSpotter (NASDAQ: SSTI) is a leader in precision policing technology solutions that enable law enforcement officials to more effectively respond to, investigate and deter crime. The company’s products are trusted by more than 100 U.S. cities to help make their communities safer. The platform includes its flagship product, ShotSpotter Respond™, the leading gunshot detection, location, and forensic system, and ShotSpotter Connect™, patrol management software to dynamically direct patrol resources to areas of greatest risk and more effectively deter crime. ShotSpotter Investigate™ is an investigative case management solution that helps detectives connect the dots and share information more effectively to improve case clearance rates. ShotSpotter also serves the corporate and college security markets and has been designated a Great Place to Work® Company.
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“Earn the trust of law enforcement to help them provide equal protection for all and strengthen the police-community relationship, ultimately improving public safety.”
The community is at the heart of our business. Helping law enforcement make communities safer is not just a job. We are passionate about how our products contribute to a safer world and that is ingrained in the culture of our company.
Dr. Robert Calhoun
Dr. Robert Calhoun is a founder, principal engineer and software scientist at ShotSpotter, Inc. He has programmed in C, Visual Basic, and LabVIEW. He has written versions of the ShotSpotter detector and map displays, and designed sensitive detection, classification, and filtering routines to give the ShotSpotter its most impressive performance to date.
Rob has earned his undergraduate degree, his masters, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Dr. Robert L. Showen
Ph.D, Founder & Chief Scientist
Dr. Showen is ShotSpotter’s founder and patent holder on the technology. With over three decades of acoustic and geophysics research experience, it was Dr. Showen’s initial vision of helping police curb gunfire and urban crime that caused him first to conceive of ShotSpotter.
Engineer, scientist, and teacher, Dr. Robert L. Showen attended San Jose State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Rice University. He obtained degrees in electrical engineering and space physics and won a fellowship to the Max Planck Institute. He has taught astronomy and physics at the University of Puerto Rico, performed experiments to heat the ionosphere at the world’s largest RADAR, participated in the development of over-the-horizon RADAR at SRI International, and studied the effects of lightning on the ionosphere.
Jason Dunham is an engineer, a software specialist and a co-founder of SST/ShotSpotter. Jason’s specialty work is in vibration analysis as applied to components of nuclear plants. He has programmed in C, Pascal, FORTRAN, FORTH, Mathematica, and LabVIEW. He is the owner and founder of San Francisco Industrial Software Inc. which has an extensive local and statewide clientele. He has written a majority of the software used in the Trilon Technology gunshot location system, and is a co-inventor with Dr. Showen on patent applications for ShotSpotter technology.
Jason earned his BS, Mechanical Engineering from MIT and his MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.
Ralph A. Clark
Chief Executive Officer
A veteran of numerous successful technology start-ups, Ralph A. Clark brings 30 years of extensive corporate, financial and organizational leadership to his position as ShotSpotter’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Clark was CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc., where he led the transformation of the company into a leader in endpoint data protection and was instrumental in its recent acquisition by Symantec.
Prior to GuardianEdge, Clark served as vice president of finance for Adaptec through its acquisition of Snap Appliance, which he helped engineer. He was responsible for worldwide financial planning and analysis of Snap Appliance, serving as its chief financial office. Previous to his role at Snap Appliance, he worked at several venture capital backed start-up companies, leading several to successful acquisitions. Early in his career, Clark held executive sales and marketing roles at IBM; post business school he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, where he was instrumental in many successful technology transactions.
He is a member of the board of directors for PrintRoom and Tactical Survey Group, and also serves as a trustee at the Oakland Museum of California. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Pacific, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
William J. Bratton
Mr. Bratton is currently Senior Managing Director of Teneo Holdings, a global CEO advisory firm, and Executive Chairman of its Teneo Risk division. Mr. Bratton also serves as the Vice Chairman for the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.& Mr. Bratton has over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, including as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and Commissioner of the New York City and Boston Police Departments. Mr. Bratton previously served as a member of ShotSpotter’s Board of Directors, from April 2013 until December 2013, when he resigned in order to serve his second appointment as Commissioner of the New York City Police Department.
Deborah “Deb” Elam
Deborah (Deb) Elam, is a visionary senior executive and one of the country’s foremost experts in Diversity. She is the President and CEO of Corporate Playbook™, a company that provides leaders with strategic direction to elevate diversity, inclusion, philanthropy, and culture in the workplace.
Deb was GE’s first-ever black female corporate officer. Her role as Global Chief Diversity Officer placed her in the top 185 of 300,000 employees. In Deb’s decorated thirty-year career at General Electric (GE), she led GE’s philanthropic efforts through the GE Foundation’s $130M budget and GE Volunteers, to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges across health, education and skill attainment.
Deb has received numerous accolades, including 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy from Inside Philanthropy, Women of Excellence Legacy Award from the National Association for Female Executives, and Women of Power Award from the National Urban League.
Deb received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.
Deb serves as an independent director at DJE Holdings (Edelman) www.edelman.com and Lucid www.luc.id. She is on the board of directors at the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) and the Louisiana State University Foundation. Deb is also a member of the National Black MBA Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.
Thomas T. Groos
Tom is a partner at City Light Capital, an impact investing venture capital firm that invests in early stage companies in the areas of safety/security, education technology, and energy/resource efficiency. Formerly CEO of first Tyden Group and then Viking Group, Tom has 24 years of operational leadership experience in the safety and security space. He was also Chairman of Minimax-Viking GmbH following the merger of Minimax and Viking. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, and member of the Board of Endeavor Detroit. Tom holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Randy focuses on security solutions for both the digital and physical domains at Claremont Creek Ventures (CCV). His years as Executive Vice President/COO and Director at Identix are the foundation of his interest in this area of investment. Randy’s strong background in IT includes serving as CEO and Director of Captiva Software, various senior management positions at Texas Instruments, ITT Information Systems and Sr. VP at AT&T Paradyne. He has also held directorships at Clairvoyant Software, Hipbone Software, Inapac, Invivodata, Flytecomm, View Central and Be Here. Currently Randy holds a board seat at three of CCV’s portfolio companies.
Randy earned a BSEE from University of Arkansas and has completed the Stanford University Executive Management Program. He serves as the Venture Committee Chair for Keiretsu Forum.
Pascal is the founder and Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) and the CEO of Generation Strategic Advisors LLC (GSA); he has held both positions since 1996. Pascal joined Dolby Family Ventures, L.P. as a Managing Director in 2014 after advising the Dolby family on its direct technology investment portfolio since 2012. Pascal has transitioned his new technology venture capital investing activities to the Dolby family organization.
Pascal was elected to the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from April 2007-April 2011, during which he chaired the NVCA’s education committee for three years; he is a faculty member of the Kauffman Fellows Program Center for Venture Education (2006-present) where he teaches best practices for VC-backed company board members.
Pascal holds an AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former co-chairman of the Socrates Society Forum of the Aspen Institute (2007-2009), and a former Chairman of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s Business Leadership Council (2007-2008).
Marc H. Morial
Marc has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, Mayor, President of the US Conference of Mayors, and now CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. Among his many accolades, Morial was widely credited with the 1990s renaissance of New Orleans. While Mayor of New Orleans, he had strong success attacking the city’s vast urban problems, including dropping violent crimes and murders by 60%. He left the office with a 70% approval rating.
Morial has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. A history, arts, music and sports enthusiast, Morial has an adult daughter, and is married to CBS broadcast journalist Michelle Miller. Together they have two children.
2019 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Winner
Ralph Clark and ShotSpotter awarded EY 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year – Northern California
2018 Technology Award from National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
AST Homeland Security Award – Best Gunshot Detection System (2020, 2019, 2018)
5th consecutive year listed on GovTech 100
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Social Impact and ShotSpotter Labs
We want to be a force for good in the world. The company has created a new unit called ShotSpotter Labs that supports innovative uses of its gunshot detection technology to help protect wildlife and the environment. See ShotSpotter Labs details here.
Blast fishing threatens a majority of tropical reefs and the food supply of a billion people. Fish blasters bomb above reef areas rather than use traditional methods of netting or spearing. By bombing over the reefs they destroy the reefs and hence the homes of the fish, which takes years to recover.
ShotSpotter researchers have been working with the international environmental coalition Stop Fish Bombing (www.sfbusa.org) to develop blast location capability to enable marine law enforcement to intercept the illegal blasters. In coordination with legal and social reforms, timely reporting of blast locations to law enforcement can help prevent blast fishing.