Meet our team

Our flagship product is designed to allow people who already own a gun to not only defend themselves from home intruders, but it also allows them to defend their families from their gun. We give control back to the consumer by using a small electronic device that is attached to a gun to make the owner aware of that particular firearm's status. If the gun is ever moved, our device will send a text message telling the owner that the weapon is being handled. Notice, we never disable a firearm or track it, but rather we are just monitoring if the gun is being moved. This will alert the owner if the gun is being handled at any time in order to prevent avoidable tragedies and accidents. The Smart Motion Tag can also be applied to numerous household objects including gun safes, pill bottles,liquor cabinets, jewelry boxes, etc.

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Niko Ruhe, Co-Founder & CEO, Smart Gun Systems​​

"In January of 2014, after seeing so many gun related deaths, especially in schools, I started inquiring about many different ways to go about solving this epidemic of violence. After several months of deep thinking and asking people for feedback, the idea of the Smart Motion Tag was born. I teamed up with a friend of mine at the University of Akron, Reed Jacobsen, and together we created the first prototype of a product that we hope one day will save countless lives." 


Reed Jacobsen, Co-Founder & CTO, Smart Gun Systems​​

"So one day during freshman year, I was sitting in the robotics lab and this weird guy next to me was fumbling with this little breadboard, and he just looked miserable. I decided to be nice and I asked what he was trying to do, and what I heard instead was a 30 minute rant about how this product could change the world, but only if he could figure out how to turn the board's power supply on. I wrote a few lines of code to help him out, and so I guess that was good enough for this guy to make me CTO of his startup."  


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Reed Jacobsen, Co-Founder & CTO, Smart Gun Systems​​

"So one day during freshman year, I was sitting in the robotics lab and this weird guy next to me was fumbling with this little breadboard, and he just looked miserable. I decided to be nice and I asked what he was trying to do, and what I heard instead was a 30 minute rant about how this product could change the world, but only if he could figure out how to turn the board's power supply on. I wrote a few lines of code to help him out, and so I guess that was good enough for this guy to make me CTO of his startup."  


Thom Ruhe, Mentor, NC Idea

As CEO of NC Idea, Thom is leveraging decades of work in entrepreneurial driven economic development. Capitalizing on the many programmatic accomplishments during his tenure at the Kauffman Foundation, Thom is now working with communities around the world to reap the benefits of democratizing entrepreneurship.