Yardarm Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Capitola, California. The company is focused on becoming the technology leader in wireless firearm technology for law enforcement, private security and the military. The company’s Yardarm Sensor gives organizations a new level of awareness about what’s happening with their officers’ firearms. This lets commanders make informed, split second decisions about events on the ground – decisions that can save lives, help officers in the field do their jobs better than ever, and give crime scene analysis teams the information they need after the smoke has cleared.
Yardarm has developed the most sophisticated approach to firearm event tracking and awareness available in the market. The Yardarm Sensor recognizes geo-location, movement, holstering and un-holstering, the discharge of a firearm, as well as direction of fire. These events are transmitted in real-time to CAD or RTCC dashboards, allowing command to use this information to support officers in the field. Custom rule-sets and provisioning tools allow commanders to establish custom use models that match the needs for their departments and officers. This flexibility enables a wide range of use-cases that can be applied to the sidearm an officer carries or tactical weapons used by SWAT and the military.
The company’s patent pending technology delivers new levels of awareness for any organization that utilizes and manages firearms. The Yardarm solution is built on internally developed machine-to-machine (“M2M”) technologies and applications, intellectual property, and patent-pending processes.
Robert Stewart – Co-Founder and CEO
Robert (Bob) Stewart is a veteran entrepreneur with documented success in building and growing telecommunications related ideas into $100M businesses. Prior to Yardarm, Bob was President of Telera Communications and Vice President of Telera, Inc, a call center services company that was VC-funded and later sold to Alcatel for over $120M. Bob also had a 28-year career with Pacific Bell and SBC where among leadership positions he directed the technology labs. Key career accomplishments include transforming the broadcast and movie making industries by replacing analog with digital technology. He holds a BS in economics and BA in political science from Pacific Lutheran University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Joaquin Menezes – Co-Founder and President
Joaquin is an inspirational leader in various roles. He has received accolades for his music, creativity in the form of artistry (painting, drawings), hair styling, and as an accomplished photographer (joaquinmenezesphotography.com). Joaquin is an inventor with a propensity for societal philanthropy, pulling from threads in his many various backgrounds to transform concept to reality.
Jim Schaff – Vice President, Marketing
Jim Schaff is a proven entrepreneur with over 20 years building and marketing successful companies and award-winning technology products. Prior to launching Yardarm, Jim was President of Stage Two Communications, a consumer technology marketing and media relations firm in San Francisco. While at Stage Two, Jim worked with the leaders in the consumer technology market from Electronic Arts, VUDU (purchased by Walmart) and Monster Cable to emerging companies such as Boxee (purchased by Samsung) and Face.com (purchased by Facebook).
Jim has held executive marketing roles at enterprise technology companies such as BlueArc (purchased by Hitachi Data Systems) and consumer electronics companies such as Drobo (purchased by Connected Data), and has developed marketing strategies for companies such as Electronic Arts and Hewlett Packard.
David Glowacki – Vice President, Engineering
David has immersed himself in mobile technologies for over 15 years beginning with early handheld research at Microsoft. In California he has led teams at Electronic Arts and across a series of mobile startups culminating in ngmoco, a KPCB-backed iPhone startup, acquired by Japan’s DeNA for $400M. Of late he invests in and advises startups in the Bay Area, Boston, and Berlin. David holds a BA in Political Science and BS in Computer Science from DePauw University.
Yardarm Board of Advisors
Papken S. der Torossian
Papken S. der Torossian is one of the most highly respected and successful high tech industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley and worldwide over the past three decades. He is currently a director of public companies Atmel Corporation and Parker Vision and is the Managing Director of Crest Enterprise LLC. Previously he served as Board Chair of Vistec Semiconductor Systems and Therma Wave, as well as Operating Executive of Golden Gate Capital and Director at KLA-Tencor MIE GmbH. From 1984 to May 2001 Mr. Der Torossian was Chair and CEO of Silicon Valley Group, a multi-billion dollar company, which was acquired by ASML US. Previous roles included President of Plantronics and executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and Spectra-Physics.
Mr. Der Torossian has served as chairman of the American Electronics Association, which is the trade arm representing the USA in trade negotiations. Various awards include the Ellis Island Humanitarian Award and an award from the California State Legislature for Sustainable Environmental Leadership. Mr. Der Torossian holds a B.S.M.E. degree from MIT and an M.S.M.E. degree from Stanford University.
Sean is a Senior Vice President at Porter Novelli, where he leads the global Corporate Reputation and Crisis Communications practice. With almost 20 years of communications experience, Sean offers clients strategic guidance on a range of public affairs initiatives and corporate reputation issues.
From January 2009 to April 2011, Sean was the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that role he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Department’s brand and reputation. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary on these matters and oversaw a team of nearly 300 communications staff at headquarters and in the field. While at DHS, Sean helped lead the Obama administration’s public response to attempted terrorist attacks, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, the H1N1 outbreak, border violence in Mexico, cyber attacks and dozens of other breaking news incidents.
He worked closely with the other federal law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies as well as security and law enforcement focused think tanks, interest groups and other influential stakeholders.
Zach Friend is a policy, public affairs and communications expert who has worked for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and in both houses of Congress.
In June of 2012, Zach was elected to the Santa Cruz County, California Board of Supervisors. Previously, he was the Press Information Officer and a Crime Analyst for the Santa Cruz Police Department. This included bringing predictive policing to the department, a complex mathematical model that helped predict when and where crime would occur. He has been published extensively on issues related to public management, law enforcement resource allocations and health and economic policy.
Dr. Comparini works with early to mid-stage Silicon Valley companies in positions that include advisor, consultant, board member, CEO, CFO, and V. P. Corporate Development. Prior to his retirement, he was a Venture Partner with Ridgewood Capital and had held various corporate positions, including those of VP, General Manager, Business Unit Manager, and VP Sales and Marketing, with Siemens and with Infineon Technologies. Dr. Comparini was also the VP of, and served as Director of Operations for, Anderson Laboratories where he was responsible for engineering, manufacturing and materials groups in several product areas. After assistant and associate professorships in engineering at the University of Miami and at the University of Hartford, and prior to beginning his industrial career, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Comparini holds a Ph.D. degree in Engineering & Applied Physics from Yale University and an MBA in Finance & Marketing from the University of Hartford. He is an author or co-author of publications in electrical filters, optical devices, software architecture, and author or co-author of several patents. He is also a Charter Member of TiE and a private pilot.