Today Resgrid is being featured by Microsoft as their featured BizSpark startup. Resgrid is a SaaS product deployed on Microsoft Azure, providing logistics, management and communication tools to first responder organizations like volunteer fire, career fire, EMS, search and rescue, public safety, disaster relief organizations, etc. It was founded in late 2012 by myself and Jason Jarrett (staxmanade).
For me this is a big deal. I’m sure Microsoft is getting tons of companies applying to be featured and they picked us, pretty cool. But I’m also excited because Resgrid currently is a very niche service, we are geared toward first responders. Most large companies, VC’s, investors, PR companies, writers, etc all want the consumer product story, the next Facebook or Twitter, startups like us don’t get much love.
Serving first responders is a very unique, challenging and rewarding niche to be in. I’m a volunteer firefighter and EMT and love the fire service. But there aren’t a lot of technology companies out there that serve the fire service or first responders. Sure there are some big guys out there with CAD systems, onboard computers, HUD’s, etc. But these technologies cost millions of dollars to implement, install and maintain.
There aren’t many “Web 2.0” technology companies out there serving this market, especially in countries other then the United States. Resgrid is one of a very small number of vendors serving the non-US markets for first responders. We’ve done this in such a short time span by building our solution in a cloud/Azure first mentality.
This is just the start for Resgrid, we are looking forward to expanding our service to more first responder organizations the world over, ensuing that they all get a great service. We are this far already because of our partnership with Microsoft and the Bizspark program. As we look to the future we are excited with the features and capabilities Microsoft and Azure give us, allowing us to continue to serve our existing customers and grow.