MākuSafe® News Archive

MākuSafe Recognized as Leading Organization in Industrial Wearables Market Trends Report

July 10, 2020
MākuSafe was recently included in a research report as a leading organization in the global industrial wearables market. The report analyzes industry size, share, growth, trends and forecasts, plus key players and market segmentation. MarketWatch shared a synopsis of the report. An excerpt from the MarketWatch

Midwest-Based MākuSafe Passes $10 Million in Funding with Venture Round

July 9, 2020
For Immediate Release WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After closing their latest fundraising round, MākuSafe has secured more than $10 million for their worker safety technology and data analytics platform. The venture round was led by EMC Insurance, and included an increased contribution from Next

MākuSafe raises $4 million round as it begins to deploy its safety technology nationwide

July 8, 2020
West Des Moines-based MākuSafe has successfully closed a $4 million round which the company will use to grow its team and scale as it begins to deploy its wearable safety technology. More than 3/4 of the round came from previous investors including EMC Insurance Companies and Next Level Ventures. The $4 million round puts

Corridor Business Journal profiles MakuSafe capabilities aimed at COVID-19

June 19, 2020
Checking in: COVID-19 sparks demand for employee health apps An automotive plant worker wears the armband device that connects her with her MakuSmart employee safety platform from MakuSafe, based in West Des Moines, which has been adapted for employee contact tracking use in the COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO MAKUSAFE By

Plant Services Features MākuSafe to Counter COVID-19

June 16, 2020
“Managing industrial workers is an increasingly complex and demanding task, fraught with health and safety risks, heightened productivity goals, evolving technologies and regulations, and even the unexpected – think COVID-19 pandemic. Solution providers are continually coming up with new ways to counter the challenges.” Read the full article at

MākuSafe CEO, Gabe Glynn, interviewed on Iowa Business Report – listen now

June 7, 2020
MākuSafe CEO/Co-Founder, Gabriel Glynn had the chance to talk with Jeff Stein on his podcast, Iowa Business Report, last week. “On this edition of the Iowa Business Report:Leadership Iowa has helped connect the state’s business and community leaders for nearly 40 years; the 2020 class

ACORD spotlights MākuSafe – live webinar June 23, 2020

June 3, 2020
MākuSafe’s Tom West will be presenting a webinar in partnership with ACORD this month. The event is scheduled for Noon CT on June 23rd, 2020. Registration link is here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/917727578327476237 MākuSafe was the global winner of the 2019 ACORD Insurtech Innovation Challenge. Title of Presentation:

West Des Moines company’s product helps with COVID-19 contact tracing

May 29, 2020
Media coverage on MakuSafe capabilities relating to COVID-19 trends. Author: Local 5 NewsPublished: 4:37 PM CDT May 28, 2020Updated: 5:13 PM CDT May 28, 2020Facebook TwitterDES MOINES, Iowa — Contact tracing made easy. That’s the new effort from a West Des Moines tech company aimed at helping in the coronavirus

MākuSafe contact tracing and worker density mapping – Business Record COVID-19 Coverage

May 22, 2020
A slide provided by MākuSafe demonstrates the company’s upcoming worker density feature on the MākuSmart platform, which would show managers where employees have the most contact with other employees on worksites. Provided by MākuSafe  At the start of March, MākuSafe of West Des Moines was prepared to see four years of

Smart Manufacturing SME features MākuSafe CEO, Gabe Glynn

May 21, 2020
One man’s war on disaster May 12, 2020 By Brett Brune Editor in Chief,Smart Manufacturing magazine For the tech pioneer Gabe Glynn, factory safety is a very personal matter An explosion on May 22, 1919, at the Douglas Starch Works plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, killed 43 workers and injured

New Contact Tracing And Density Mapping Features Announced

May 18, 2020
For Immediate Release: MākuSafe enhances technology with features aimed at protecting worker health. Wearable safety technology company responds to industry demands during COVID-19. New features added to the platform include contact tracing reports and worker density mapping; two things that customers told us would be critical

MākuSafe Finalist For Insurtech Company of the Year

May 14, 2020
We are proud to be recognized as a 2020 Prometheus Award Finalist for the FinTech & Insurtech company of the year. 2020 PROMETHEUS AWARDS FINALISTS The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Prometheus Awards presented by LWBJ. The most prestigious recognition for

CEO Gabriel Glynn and Mike Colwell of DSM Partnership discuss COVID-19

May 11, 2020
Gabe Glynn, CEO of MakuSafe™, sits down with the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Startup Stories host, Mike Colwell, to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Adapting to a New Normal Gabe says that a big part of the early weeks was spent reaching out to employees, checking in and seeing

MākuSafe Recognized as #1 Startup in West Des Moines

April 29, 2020
MākuSafe is very proud to be named in the Tech Tribune Best Tech Startups in West Des Moines. We are honored to be recognized for the second year in a row. Check out the Tech Tribune’s 2020 Best Tech Startups in West Des Moines to learn

Construction Safety, Culture, and Engagement – MākuSafe in EHS Today

April 15, 2020
EHS Today Editor, Adrienne Selko, recently interviewed MākuSafe. In this article, benefits to the construction industry are discussed. Beyond their impact to safety, our wearable technology may also impact organizational culture, worker engagement, lean process improvement, quality initiatives, as well as retention and attraction. Will New Safety Strategies in

MākuSafe Recognized Among Iowa’s Best Tech Startups

April 8, 2020
MākuSafe is honored to be recognized by The Tech Tribune once again, as one of the Best Tech Startups in Iowa for 2020. 5. MākuSafe Founded: 2016 Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Iowa2019 Best Tech Startups

MākuSafe featured in E&MJ

March 24, 2020
Recently Mark Frederick and Tom West were interviewed for a feature article in Engineering & Mining Journal entitled “Wearables At Work: Personal protective equipment lines draw on new technologies to get tougher and smarter.” by Russel Carter Read the full story on E&MJ or click below

MākuSafe joins DuPont Sustainable Solutions SafetyTech.AI platform

March 11, 2020
MākuSafe is excited to participate in DSS efforts to provide safety technology to their global clients. Safetytech.ai is the world’s largest network of technology-enabled solution providers for workplace safety and operational risk management. This platform connects us to leading industrial companies who are looking to invest

MākuSafe Announces March Launch Of Wearable Safety Technology!

March 10, 2020
Now taking reservations for 2020 “Safety-as-a-Service” deployment. Read The Press Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Dawn Buzynski Executive Director, Strategic Communications Strategic America dbuzynski@strategicamerica.com 515-453-2019 MākuSafe Announces Launch Of Wearable Safety Technology To Reduce Injuries Now taking reservations for 2020

MākuSafe Selected As 2020 Prometheus Finalist!

March 9, 2020
MākuSafe is proud to be chosen as a finalist for InsurTech Company of the Year, by the Technology Association of Iowa’s Prometheus Awards for 2020. Read the press release from the TAI below. PROMETHEUS AWARDS PRESENTED BY LWBJ The most prestigious recognition for Iowa’s technology industry, The Prometheus Awards presented

MākuSafe Selected for BrokerTech Ventures 2020 Accelerator Cohort

February 28, 2020
U.S. and Canadian Insurtechs gain access to intentional engagement and distribution offerings through BrokerTech Ventures’ owners and partners DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BrokerTech Ventures, the industry’s first broker-led investor group and accelerator program, is pleased to announce 12 Insurtech startups will participate

MākuSafe at Campbell Institute’s 2020 Symposium and Work to Zero Summit

February 19, 2020
MakuSafe’s CEO/Co-Founder Gabriel Glynn attended the Campbell Institute 2020 Symposium and Work to Zero Summit last week to hear thought leaders from around the world talk about what the future holds for EHS.

MākuSafe Webinar Discusses How Wearables Contribute Positively to Safety & Culture

February 19, 2020
How Workforce Wearable Data Is Impacting Worker Safety Today!Free ON-DEMAND Webinar on Safeopedia. Tom West of MākuSafe delivered this webinar recently for Safeopedia. In it, he discusses MākuSafe wearable tech and how it contributes to effective safety management systems.

Can Wearables Make Work Safer?

February 13, 2020
Being able to report potential safety hazards by speaking into a wearable device can improve safety conditions for workers. It’s an age-old problem.  How can workers be encouraged to report near-misses? “Not all workers can participate in a near-miss reporting program,” explains Mark Frederick, Co-Founder of MākuSafe. “Many employees have

MākuSafe CEO Gabriel Glynn Featured in AsiaTech Interview

February 12, 2020
Gabriel’s startup journey began over a decade ago, and in that time, he has experienced several successful exits. Today, Gabriel Glynn is the Co-Founder and CEO of MākuSafe™. The company has developed a wearable technology and software platform that gathers human motion and environmental data to identify risk to labor