We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Austin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, how does your business help the community?
The goal of The Peace Watchers is to create peace and safety for everyone. For the young lady walking across campus late at night being followed or anyone detained by the authorities this app could be the reason they get home safe. How it works: Open our app and request help. That will drop your help request details with a location and notify everyone with the The Peace Watchers App within a 10 mile radius some needs help. Nearby Peace Watchers can then show up and PEACEFULLY keep watch so everyone goes home safe. There is strength in numbers. Our communities are more powerful than we know. With the coordination opportunity this community safety app brings we will harness true power and goodness to make a positive difference.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My entire career is far from what I am doing currently with our Community safety app. I have been on the frontlines of Healthcare for 14 years as a Respiratory Care Practitioner working for intensive care and Trauma level Patients. My adult life has been centered around saving lives and serving people to the best of my abilities. I believe that was the part of me that responded in this manner when we all saw the George Floyd murder recording of May 25th, 2020. I felt the burning need to make a difference so this doesn’t happen to anyone ever again. It forced me to step completely out of my healthcare box and into a drastically different, creative mindset. It has been very difficult, but also very rewarding. The response I get from 90% of the people I talk to about The Peace Watchers is very positive. That excitement recharges me during moments of self doubt. I’m very grateful for all the support we have received over the last year. I did not expect to be painfully growing and stretching my comfort zone at age 40, but here I am fighting to learn an unfamiliar technology industry in order to make a lasting impact in our world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best friend is a high level “foodie” and I am a sports lover. The list of restaurants is where we would have to start. Barbusa in Downtown San Diego is high on the list along with Vintana in Escondido. Incredible food and the view is top notch. My best friend would definitely add Nobu Restaurant in Los Angeles knowing him, lol. Road trips to go see the Lakers and Dodgers would easily make the itinerary Lastly, Petco park for an afternoon game in the San Diego sun sounds great. Watching a baseball game with a beer and some Phil’s BBQ would be a classic way to end the visit.
P.S.— Great question!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Cynthia Austin, CEO and founder of Shyne San Diego has been my hands on business coach since the inception of The Peace Watchers in Summer of 2020. For a man who had never started a business, knew nothing about technology nor apps, and is fearful of the public eye, Cynthia was the electricity that powered everything. Her encouragement, direction and connection I still receive to this day are absolutely priceless. I am extremely blessed.
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