Myers takes over the position from Ryan Green, the co-founder who would now be in charge of launching new businesses and markets, scaling the business globally.
“Start-up platform COOs should be very detailed and have the desire, grit, and ability to understand how everything within the business works at all levels in order to effectively guide the broader team through the requirements, timelines and challenges that will inevitably arise. I believe David is perfect for this role and his work experience up to this point will be extremely valuable,” says Green.
Myers previously worked as a general manager and regional operations lead at Uber for Europe, Middle East & Africa. He brings with him a wealth of experience gained over the years.
According to Myers, the position has a personal meaning, he said “I started my career in the security industry in SA, at first with a proactive security start-up, and then ADT Tyco before moving to the largest and most efficient tech-enabled marketplace in the world at Uber.
“Combining these two allows me to leverage my learnings and experience while having an immense impact on people’s lives”. On reflecting on what motivates and drives him “the first is solving tough problems, and the second is building something new. AURA affords me both,” he added.
He also said that “AURA is primed and ready to scale. Ryan will be transitioning into the area of launching new businesses and markets, scaling the business globally, as I take over as COO. He’ll build new markets from 0 to 1, hand over to me and the operations team, and we’ll build from 1 to 100.”
AURA is truly something the world needs, and perfectly positioned to not only change the security industry, but society at large.
“We can get anything on demand nowadays. You can order and get groceries, food and riding services at the push of a button, but one of the most basic needs, safety, is inaccessible. It’s the most important need of every single human. Even in developed countries, these industries have not advanced quickly enough from a tech perspective.
“AURA is the technology that finally enables this. And when people feel safe, societies thrive. No nation can move forward without it. The challenge of safety exists everywhere but manifests differently in different markets – in some areas it might be personal safety, in others violent or organised crime. I’m excited to work out how to address each market’s unique needs, balancing demand and supply, generating sufficient value for the marketplace, and building a sustainable business.”