Interview With Rahul Sidu
Rahul, known as Silicon Valley’s “expert on policing”, currently works with over 50 local law enforcement agencies across the continent on police reform initiatives. As a former Paramedic and Police Officer, Rahul saw an opportunity to merge his love of technology and public service to create a safer world for police and the public. He has traveled to over 250 law enforcement agencies around the country to help them become transparent, accountable, and service-oriented through technology-based processes, and he regularly speaks at events with the FBI and ACLU.
As the CEO and Co-Founder of SPIDR Tech, he created the world’s first automated customer service platform for public safety agencies. The company is funded by Alphabet (Google parent company), Winklevoss Capital, Kairos and other top funds.
SPIDR Tech has served over 500,000 911-callers and 150,000 crime victims in North America. As a three-time GovTech 100 Company, SPIDR Tech is currently experiencing 5x YoY growth and recently completed their third round of fundraising.
Rahul Sidhu grew up with two main interests in his life, technology, and public safety. He started his public safety career as an EMT and quickly promoted to Paramedic and Crew Chief while studying emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
After experiencing a series of harrowing incidents, including testifying against a Police Chief for abuse of authority and racial discrimination, Rahul decided to become a Police Officer in the Los Angeles area. His career in technology started even earlier than that. Rahul built his first video game when he was 14 years old, convincing over a dozen volunteer employees on the internet to help him build it. He later moved on to launch his first start-up, which paid his way through college.
He eventually merged his love for technology and public safety by founding SPIDR Tech in 2015.
SPIDR Tech created the world's first automated customer service platform for public safety agencies. Raul's combination of practical, in-field experiences, and nation-wide policing perspectives, have lead him to build unique expertise around police reform around the country.
Rahul's journey through the tech industry has always taught him how to build a venture-backable, profitable and scalable business in the technology space.