About Guardian Circle

Official services are quickly becoming overwhelmed. And in other parts of the world, they are non-existent. We can solve this. We can all become each other’s first responders. What we’ve lacked is a way to flash-organize peer alert response. Mobile devices now give us this power. Guardian Circle is an “open source 9-1-1” intelligence grid that we can all tap into to both give and receive help -- for emergencies both large and small. When you’re trouble, there is usually help literally all around you. Guardian Circle helps you unlock this help and stay safe.

Mark Jeffrey | Founder & CEO


Mark Jeffrey is a serial entrepreneur and author. He has co-founded five internet companies (three exits) and written eight books, including the Max Quick series (Harper Collins). Three times, he has conceptualized and built consumer products that generated millions of registered users in the first year.

Most recently, Mark founded Guardian Circle, an app that lets friends, family and neighbors protect one other (Guardiancircle.com).

His previous companies include The Palace (backed by Time Warner, Intel and SoftBank; sold to Communities.com in 1998 with 10 million users), ZeroDegrees (a business social network sold to InterActiveCorp / IAC in 2004 with 1 million users) and ThisWeekIn (co-founded with Kevin Pollak and Jason Calacanis). He was also the founding CTO of Mahalo / Inside.com (backed by Elon Musk, Sequoia, Mark Cuban and others). Mark also consulted for several years directly for Travis Kalanick, now CEO of Uber, on his first company Red Swoosh.

Mark's first book, MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT, was published in hardcover and ebook by HarperCollins in May, 2011. It was initially podcast as a series of episodic mp3's and received over 2.5 million downloads.

Mark Jeffrey holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire. He is a TEDx speaker and was a featured speaker at the very first Harvard Conference on the Internet and Society.

Chris Hayes | Founder & CTO


Chris Hayes started his career building web apps for the aerospace industry in 1998. He also lays claim to architecting one of the payment industry’s first HRIPSP platforms in 2007 generating over $35,000 daily within two months of launch.

Chris lead a team at Davita healthcare (Fortune 200) in web application architecture saving over 1.5M/year. He also lead engineering and architected ThisNext.com’s pivot to Glossi.com

He also created The Smoking Tire podcast currently reaching an audience of over 140,000 listeners per week and has seen over 35M downloads to date. Chris also created The Hooniverse podcast currently reaching over 50,000 listeners per week.

Chris founded ShoutEngine.com, the first highly scalable podcast publishing platform with detailed analytics, serving over 2M uniques a month and 4.5M episode downloads/month. He also co-founded of IDK Events, web based event management/planning platform, generating over $4M in first year revenue alone.

He serves as an advisor to Gablit.co event search platform, exited via sale to Events.com 2013, as well as Intake.me in Venice CA, and Hello.app in Santa Monica CA.

Strategic Partners

Khaliya @khaliya

Khaliya is a humanitarian, public health specialist and leading advocate for mental health, committed to grappling with the far-reaching effects of today’s mental health crisis and promoting radical innovation in a field that has not progressed in step with medical innovation as a whole. It is her belief that lasting peace and prosperity can only be achieved if the fundamental requirements for health, both physical and mental, are made available to those in need.


In recognition of her work, Khaliya has been chosen as the recipient of the Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize to be awarded in October 2016 alongside Former First Lady Rosalind Carter, who will be receiving the Justice Prize.

An expert in global pandemics with a background in computer science, Khaliya sees mental health as among the most crucial social issues of the coming century. Together with her partner Thomas Ermacora she co-founded Falkora, a not for profit mental health and neurotech initiative to help put cross disciplinary approaches to mental health at the top of the political agenda in the United States and internationally.

In addition to campaigning to expand the definition of mental illness so future funding can catch up with the scope of the problem, the organization is exploring how new technologies can leapfrog outdated approaches to mental wellbeing. Tech innovations, she believes, could not only reach a wider group of people in need within the U.S. but also bring down the cost of mental health tools worldwide, sparking a necessary paradigm shift in mental health care.


Actively involved with numerous social ventures, Khaliya is an investor in, and head of strategic partnerships for, Guardian Circle, an app that uses the power of crowd sourcing and social networks to keep individuals safe. Additionally, she is founder of two projects currently under production: The League of Extraordinary Minds, a website that celebrates the achievements of exceptional individuals with mental conditions, and Tell Your Story, an app that uses storytelling to support rape victims. She is also on the advisory committee for NeuroLaunch, the leading accelerator for neuroscience apps and Co-executive Producer for Breadhead, an explosive documentary about the looming worldwide epidemic of diet-related neurodegenerative disease.

Education & Affiliations

A graduate with honors of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Khaliya was on the board of the world’s largest private development network from 2006 through 2010 – work that took her to over 30 countries as a health specialist and as part of diplomatic delegations throughout Africa and Asia.

Before that, she was on a research team focused on infectious disease and national security at the Council on Foreign Relations and worked to negotiate lower-cost opportunistic infections drugs for YRG Care AIDS hospital in India. After receiving her B.A. with honors in European Studies and International Affairs at New York University, Khaliya worked two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria during the country’s rocky post-Communism transition period.

One of the first members of the Board of Directors for Venture for America, Khaliya continues to sit on their entrepreneur board, and is also on the advisory boards of post-natal care nonprofit Embrace, the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Charity Miles, an app that allows amateur runners and bikers to turn their workouts into fundraisers.

Khaliya is part of the Clinton Global Initiative LEAD program for young change makers and has spoken on health issues at The White House’s United States of Women Summit, The World Economic Forum Family Business Summit, The Near Future Summit, The American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Clinton Global Initiative University, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, The United Nations and various others.

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Heather Mason

Heather founded Caspian in 2005, intent on bringing strategic discipline to white-glove event creation. Her expertise in the innovation and social good business space have led to successful projects for the Skoll Foundation, Oxford University, Rockefeller Foundation, Kew Foundation and Harper Collins/Vanity Fair, among many others. Prior to launching Caspian, she managed events for Charles Schwab, producing conferences across the country.

Heather is on the board of CORO Northern California, Social Media Week LA and Los Angeles Advisors in Philanthropy. She is a member of MPI and SPIN.

A frequent speaker, she was the featured keynote at the Western Regional MPI Conference in Las Vegas, spoke at the Global Women’s Leadership Summit and presented at the HSMAI conference in Anaheim. She has been featured in Collaborate and Successful Meetings magazines. Her Caspian 10 Essentials have been taught internationally and domestically as the new standard in event methodology.

Katie Lukas

Katie Lukas's career in online media has encompassed many disciplines and mediums. She’s been involved with digital media since 1995 at Siegel+Gale. She was initially on a fairly traditional design/creative director track until 1999, at which point she launched Stickydata with her business partner. At Stickydata, Katie wore a number of hats – a theme that continues to this day. Managing a small company gave Katie the breadth of experience she draws on today, having worked with large and small companies in nearly every aspect of operations, from backoffice implementations at the supply chain level, to call center evaluation and improvement, to a number of different types of website implementations.

Today, Katie works with Rebel Interactive Group in Connecticut, again wearing many hats, many of which have to do with marketing and strategy. She was with NYC-based agency Hyperbolous from 2004 to 2016, leading their digital efforts from concept to completion for companies like Sleep Number, Healthgrades, WebMD, and Saatva.

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce is an inventor, author, educator, broadcaster and entrepreneur. In 1991 he founded Ono-Sendai Corporation, the first consumer virtual reality startup, inventing a orientation sensor (US Patent 5,526,022) for low-cost virtual reality applications, adopted by Sega Corporation for their Virtua VR head-mounted display.

In 1994, Pesce co-invented the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), the first standard for interactive 3D graphics on the World Wide Web. While running the VRML Architecture Group, a consortium of industry and academic stakeholders furthering VRML standards development, Pesce founded BlitCom, the first startup to use VRML to deliver streaming entertainment.

In 1998, Pesce was invited to found the Graduate Program in Interactive Media at the University of Southern California’s world-famous School of Cinema-Television, teaching the next generation of creative professionals how to master emerging technologies for storytelling. In 2003, Mark was invited to Sydney to establish the Program in Emerging Media at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and continues to work with students through his Honorary Appointment in the Digital Cultures Program at the University of Sydney.

Pesce writes fortnightly a column for the internationally respected tech publication The Register, and for seven years was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s hit series The New Inventors, celebrating Australia’s newest inventions and inventors. He currently hosts This Week in Startups Australia, the nation’s leading tech podcast.

Richard D. Titus

Richard D. Titus is the SVP global customer experience at Samsung Electronics.

Named one of the Wired 100 in 2010, serial entrepreneur and executive Richard D. Titus has a passion for technology & innovation. Richard’s startups include Razorfish, Schematic & Videoplaza.His most recent startup, Prompt.ly, co-founded in 2014, is the world's leading mobile-first scheduling, payments & promotions platform for Solopreneurs.

Previously he held senior leadership roles at the British Broadcasting Corporation (Future Media Controller) where he launched iPlayer and the BBC mobile service and leading DMGT’s digital holding company: Associated Northcliffe Digital (Chief Executive) where his portfolio included MailOnline and +20 global digital classified businesses.

Richard leads customer experience for Samsung Electronics Visual display division as well as an array of digital appliances.

Michael Terpin

Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world's first angel network for digital currency start-ups, in May 2013, and now serves as its chairman. The distributed angel network currently has more than 600 members, and it has made more than 25 investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies, with two exits and several follow-on rounds. Terpin is also founder of CoinAgenda, a bitcoin investing conference taking place in October, and co-founder of the Bitcoin Syndicate, the largest bitcoin investor syndicate on AngelList. He has spoken widely on bitcoin at leading conferences, including Bitcoin 2014, BitFin, CoinSummit, Inside Bitcoins (Berlin, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, New York), North American Bitcoin Show, Satoshi Roundtable, South by Southwest, and TEDx Hollywood.

In addition, Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, a marketing holding company that includes SocialRadius (www.socialradius.com), one of the nation's first social media marketing firms, and Transform Public Relations (www.transform.pr), a global digital PR firm. The firm currently represents more Bitcoin companies than any other PR firm in the world, including ChangeTip, Factom, Gem, Synereo, and UnbreakableCoin, taking on projects for Bitcoin Shop, Counterparty, Gyft, KnCMiner, Kraken, MaidSafe, Mastercoin/Omni, and Swarm. Transform Group is headquartered in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Santa Monica and Mountain View, California.

Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world's largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006.

Terpin holds an MFA in creative writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in newspaper journalism and English literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000. Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including CoinVox, CommPro, eSpend, GoCoin, Liquipel, Revenue.com, Rivetz, Walls360, XFire, and YouMail.

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