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About Knightscope

Knightscope is developing technology that will predict and prevent crime. Crime has a $1+ trillion negative economic impact on the economy and our goal is to cut it in half with a combination of hardware, software and social engagement. This new profound level of technology has been widely covered by the media including the New York Times, NBC, FOX, CNET, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Mashable, Bloomberg, Forbes, TIME and numerous others.

Autonomous Data Machines, a large-scale deployment of autonomous technology, sensors, robotics, big data and predictive analytics, will gather real-time on-site data and combine it with existing large data sets as well as relevant geofenced social network feeds, allowing for a breakthrough ability to map the future in a given environment. These self-driving robots will help society build safer, engaged communities while significantly reducing costs and crime.

Product & Service

Media Mentions

Team Story

Looking for the next big idea, Stacy Dean Stephens (a former police officer) was seeking advice and help from a seasoned entrepreneur shortly after 9/11. While researching startups, he reached out to a young CEO – William Santana Li. Bill and Stacy quickly learned that they shared a passion for technology, hardware, brands, design and service. The two have worked on a number of projects together for more than 10 years and have developed a very collaborative shorthand that allows them to excel in their ventures...quickly.

We started Knightscope because we were horrified by the recent shootings at schools. There are over 138,000 schools in the US and 19,000+ law enforcement agencies and it is not practical, scalable or affordable to place an armed officer in every single school. But we can use technology to help build safer, engaged communities while reducing costs and reducing crime.

That spark has turned into a grander vision to cut the $1 trillion negative economic impact of crime in half!

Founders and Officers

William Santana Li

Chairman & CEO

Bill is an American entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience and has a broad and deep range of expertise gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and a number of startups. During his career at Ford Motor Company, Bill held over 12 business and technical positions, focused on 4 continents, cutting across each functional area.

These positions ranged from component, systems, and vehicle engineering with Visteon, Mazda, and Lincoln; to business & product strategy on the US youth market, India, and the emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and South America; as well as the financial turnaround of Ford of Europe. In addition, he was on the AMAZON team, which established an all-new modular plant in Brazil. Subsequently, he served as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions.

After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and served as COO of GreenLeaf LLC, a Ford subsidiary that became the world’s 2nd largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to a 600-employee operation with $150 million in sales - now part of $8 billion LKQ Corporation.

After successfully establishing GreenLeaf, Bill was recruited by SOFTBANK Venture Capital to establish Model E Corporation as its President and CEO, a new car company where the "Subscribe and Drive" philosophy was first pioneered in California. He subsequently co-founded Build-To-Order Inc. (BTO) as its President and CEO, a new car company based on the direct distribution of build-to-order products. Bill also founded Carbon Motors, and as its Chairman and CEO, focused it on developing the world's first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. He also built an advisory board comprised of senior officials that had worked directly for 3 different U.S. Presidents.

Bill earned a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

Stacy Stephens

VP Marketing & Sales

Stacy was a co-founder of Carbon Motors Corporation where he led marketing operations, sales, product management, partnership marketing and customer service. As part of its marketing operations, Stacy oversaw Carbon’s branding, corporate communications, media and industry relations, advertising and licensing, as well as market and customer research. He also led the Company’s advertising responsibilities which included organizing and overseeing trade show exhibiting, printed promotions and electronic promotions such as photo shoots, video production, website development and social media.

While at Carbon, Stacy was responsible for creating and launching the Carbon Council, an innovative and breakthrough customer interface and users group consisting of over 3,000 law enforcement professionals across all 50 states and actively serving over 2,200 law enforcement agencies. Upon completion of Carbon’s concept demonstration vehicle in 2008, Stacy coordinated the Pure Justice Tour – a 76-stop march across 25 U.S. States, Dubai and Abu Dhabi that introduced Carbon Motors to law enforcement agencies at the local, state, federal and international levels generating a $1.2 billion backlog of pending vehicle sales.

As a former police officer for the Coppell (Texas) Police Department, Stacy brings a first-hand understanding of protecting lives and property, as well as the wants and needs of first responders. His keen attention to safety in all aspects, strict adherence to rules and regulations, and law enforcement training blend well with his over 24 years of experience in operations, customer service and account management. In recognition of his efforts, Stacy was named one of Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in 2011 for his vision and commitment to advancing the law enforcement mission.

Stacy studied aerospace engineering at the University of Texas in Arlington. He subsequently earned a degree in criminal justice and graduated as valedictorian from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and also sits on the IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) SafeShield Project, which seeks to critically examine existing and developing technologies for the purpose of preventing and minimizing officer injuries and fatalities.

William Santana Li

Chairman & CEO

Bill is an American entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience and has a broad and deep range of expertise gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and a number of startups. During his career at Ford Motor Company, Bill held over 12 business and technical positions, focused on 4 continents, cutting across each functional area.

These positions ranged from component, systems, and vehicle engineering with Visteon, Mazda, and Lincoln; to business & product strategy on the US youth market, India, and the emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and South America; as well as the financial turnaround of Ford of Europe. In addition, he was on the AMAZON team, which established an all-new modular plant in Brazil. Subsequently, he served as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions.

After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and served as COO of GreenLeaf LLC, a Ford subsidiary that became the world’s 2nd largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to a 600-employee operation with $150 million in sales - now part of $8 billion LKQ Corporation.

After successfully establishing GreenLeaf, Bill was recruited by SOFTBANK Venture Capital to establish Model E Corporation as its President and CEO, a new car company where the "Subscribe and Drive" philosophy was first pioneered in California. He subsequently co-founded Build-To-Order Inc. (BTO) as its President and CEO, a new car company based on the direct distribution of build-to-order products. Bill also founded Carbon Motors, and as its Chairman and CEO, focused it on developing the world's first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. He also built an advisory board comprised of senior officials that had worked directly for 3 different U.S. Presidents.

Bill earned a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

Stacy Stephens

VP Marketing & Sales

Stacy was a co-founder of Carbon Motors Corporation where he led marketing operations, sales, product management, partnership marketing and customer service. As part of its marketing operations, Stacy oversaw Carbon’s branding, corporate communications, media and industry relations, advertising and licensing, as well as market and customer research. He also led the Company’s advertising responsibilities which included organizing and overseeing trade show exhibiting, printed promotions and electronic promotions such as photo shoots, video production, website development and social media.

While at Carbon, Stacy was responsible for creating and launching the Carbon Council, an innovative and breakthrough customer interface and users group consisting of over 3,000 law enforcement professionals across all 50 states and actively serving over 2,200 law enforcement agencies. Upon completion of Carbon’s concept demonstration vehicle in 2008, Stacy coordinated the Pure Justice Tour – a 76-stop march across 25 U.S. States, Dubai and Abu Dhabi that introduced Carbon Motors to law enforcement agencies at the local, state, federal and international levels generating a $1.2 billion backlog of pending vehicle sales.

As a former police officer for the Coppell (Texas) Police Department, Stacy brings a first-hand understanding of protecting lives and property, as well as the wants and needs of first responders. His keen attention to safety in all aspects, strict adherence to rules and regulations, and law enforcement training blend well with his over 24 years of experience in operations, customer service and account management. In recognition of his efforts, Stacy was named one of Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in 2011 for his vision and commitment to advancing the law enforcement mission.

Stacy studied aerospace engineering at the University of Texas in Arlington. He subsequently earned a degree in criminal justice and graduated as valedictorian from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and also sits on the IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) SafeShield Project, which seeks to critically examine existing and developing technologies for the purpose of preventing and minimizing officer injuries and fatalities.

Key Team Members

Mercedes Soria

VP Software Engineering

Aaron Lehnhardt

VP Design

Blythe Hines

Controller

Ronald Gallegos

Director Business Development

Kevin Brenker

Director Client Development

Christopher Reider

Director Client Development

Daniel Landreneau

Director Client Development

Jason Hatfield

Director Client Development

Dominic Villa

K3 Lead Engineer

Phillip Wong

K5 Lead Engineer

Richard Krauss

NOC Specialist

Patrick Barone

Robotics Engineer

Suraj Narayana

Lead Back-End Engineer

Urja Patel

Lead Front-End Engineer

Selvamraju Somalraju

Advanced Lead Engineer

Vamshi Konduri

K7 Lead Engineer

Parshad Patel

Robotics Engineer

Nicholas Xydes

Robotics Engineer

Clay Pottorff

Production Engineer

Ian Ndicu

Back-End Engineer

Michael Lewis

Front-End Engineer

Amelia Helmick

Production Lead Engineer

Alfredo Ruezga

Platform Engineer

Dr. Karan Khokar

Robotics Engineer

Hen-You Tan

QA Lead Engineer

Kishan Panchal

Technician

Samuel Erazo

Technician

Zoe Demertzis

Software Engineer

Ina Liu

Front-End Engineer

McKenzie Hilton

UI / UX Designer

Gale Curry

Deployment Engineer

David Looney

NOC Specialist

Sara Gregg

Deployment Engineer

Roman Fedynchuk

Technician

Weifu Wang

Back-End Engineer

Kyle Mcgahee

Employee

David Helmick

Intern

Tyler Puleo

Software Engineer

Jane Miller

Deployment Engineer

Mac Mai

Creative Director

Daniel Coleman

NOC Specialist

Notable Advisors & Investors

NTT DOCOMO Ventures

Investor, Venture capital arm of NTT DOCOMO, Inc. specializing in investments

Jayare (Jay) Leano
Derek Branch
Konica Minolta

Investor, Business Innovation Center for Konica Minolta, based in Silicon Valley

NetPosa

Investor, Focused on R&D of video processing, monitoring, and video storage technology

Silicon Valley Bank

Investor, Venture capital investment arm of SVB Financial Group

Plug and Play

Investor, Plug and Play is a seed and early-stage investor focused on great teams leading

Flex Lab IX

Investor, Accelerator and venture capital arm for Flex for early stage investments

Frequently Asked Questions

Making an Investment in Knightscope
How does investing work?

When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by Knightscope. Once Knightscope accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Knightscope in exchange for your shares. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Knightscope.


What is the difference between preferred equity and a convertible note?

Preferred equity is usually issued to outside investors and carries rights and conditions that are different from that of common stock. For example, preferred equity may include rights that prevent or minimize the effects of dilution or grants special privileges in situations when the company is sold.

A convertible note is a unique form of debt that converts into equity, usually in conjunction with a future financing round. The investor effectively loans money to a startup with the expectation that they will receive equity in the company in the future at a discounted price per share when the company raises its next round of financing.

To learn more about startup investment types check out “How to Choose a Startup Investment” in our academy.


What will I need to complete my investment?

To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:

  1. Personal information such as your current address and phone number
  2. Employment and employer information
  3. Net worth and income information
  4. Social Security Number or government-issued identification
  5. ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)

Because Knightscope is offering its securities under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.


What if I change my mind about investing?

Until a closing occurs, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your shares have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your portfolio page.


After My Investment
How can I sell my shares in the future?

Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares. Right now Knightscope does not plan to list these shares on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Knightscope may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when Knightscope either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.


How do I keep track of this investment?

You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement.


Other General Questions
What is this page about?

This is Knightscope's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity.


What are the risks of this investment?

This investment is highly speculative and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to risk the entire investment amount. In addition to these risks, you should carefully consider the specific information and risks disclosed in Knightscope’s profile.