Dropped Out of College to Make Guns

Photo Cred: Nancy Lane (Boston Herald)

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September 12, 2018 0 comments

Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College to start Apple. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to start Facebook and Microsoft, respectively.

A few weeks ago, Kai Kloepfer, 21, dropped out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology to focus on making his passion project into a sustainable business. Kloepfer is working on a handgun that uses a fingerprint sensor on the grip, and will only fire if an authorized person is holding it. He created the first prototype for a high school school science fair six years ago.

Now under the name Biofire, he will focus on improving the prototype and making this a revenue generating business. Biofire’s five employees include those with experience with hardware engineering and the gun and defense industries. They have raised initial round of funding from California investors, and was selected for the extremely competitive month-long startup accelerator in Boston, MassChallenge.

Kloepfer grew up in Colorado, where the Aurora movie theater shooting took place in 2012. A lone gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 others with multiple firearms. Mass shootings are all too common in the United States, as are firearm accidents involving children who get a hold of guns owned by their family members. Kloepfer saw this happening around him and thought, “what if there was something I could do to solve this problem?”

Generation Z continues to inspire and motivate us with their commitment to changing gun culture in the U.S., by organizing country-wide protests like the March For Our Lives which took place this March, and through innovations on outdated technologies by people like Kai Kloepfer.

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