OpenGov

  • The government technology pitch Crunch Network

    The government technology pitch

    Crisis has a history of dictating government technology disruption. But innovators don’t wait for crises. They imagine a different path, whether it’s a new approach to solving an old problem or a moonshot. They observe the world, realize potential, and fund and build engines of change. Forward-thinking, optimistic entrepreneurs and investors are starting to do this with… Read More

  • OpenGov acquires Ontodia to add open-sourced data to its civic intelligence platform

    OpenGov acquires Ontodia to add open-sourced data to its civic intelligence platform

    After raising $25 million in additional funding in October, civic technology specialist OpenGov — the startup co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that works with government organizations to collate, analyse and publicly present financial and other data — today announced its first acquisition. To expand the services and kinds of data on offer to current and future… Read More

  • OpenGov’s Zac Bookman On Doing “About the Hardest Thing”: Trying To Transform U.S. Governments

    OpenGov’s Zac Bookman On Doing “About the Hardest Thing”: Trying To Transform U.S. Governments

    You may have heard about it already. OpenGov is a nearly four-year-old, cloud-based platform that state and local governments — as well as cities, counties, and school districts — are beginning to use for financial and other performance intelligence. OpenGov’s big idea: to enable these public administrators to see what’s going on internally and to communicate… Read More

  • OpenGov’s Comparisons Aims To Help Local Governments Benchmark Spending

    OpenGov’s Comparisons Aims To Help Local Governments Benchmark Spending

    OpenGov launched Comparisons yesterday morning, a feature that allows local and municipal governments in its network to compare their performances against other jurisdictions and established benchmarks. In addition to giving governments using the platform access to information about other local authorities, Comparisons also pulls census data and financial metrics, which are incorporated into… Read More

  • OpenGov Picks Up $25 Million More And Adds Marc Andreessen To The Board

    OpenGov Picks Up $25 Million More And Adds Marc Andreessen To The Board

    OpenGov announced the close of a refreshingly sized $25 million in additional financing today. The startup initiative to provide government financial data closed its Series B round of $15 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz, a year-and-a-half ago. Read More

  • OpenGov Secures $15M Series B Led By A16Z To Bring Cities’ Financial Data Online

    OpenGov Secures $15M Series B Led By A16Z To Bring Cities’ Financial Data Online

    OpenGov, a company that helps cities and other local governments bring their financial data onto the cloud, has picked up a $15 million Series B round of capital, led by Andreessen Horowitz, and participated in by Thrive Capital and Formation 8. Previously, OpenGov had raised around $7 million. The company’s product brings years of a local government’s financial data online… Read More

  • Making Government Suck Less

    Making Government Suck Less

    Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa has represented California’s 49th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @DarrellIssa. On June 11, 2012, I went all in on open. That day, I traveled to the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in New York City to launch the OpenGov Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to developing and deploying… Read More

  • The New Information Age


    LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman said, recently, “that if Web 1.0 involved go search, get data and some limited interactivity, and if Web 2.0 involves real identities and real relationships, then Web 3.0 will be real identities generating massive amounts of data.” Reid is a visionary and certainly had this right. But the information that Reid described is just the tip of the iceberg. Read More

  • The Open Gov Initiative: Enabling Techies to Solve Government Problems

    While grandma flips through photo albums on her sleek iPad, government agencies (and most corporations) process mission-critical transactions on cumbersome web-based front ends that function by tricking mainframes into thinking that they are connected to CRT terminals. These systems are written in computer languages like Assembler and COBOL, and cost a fortune to maintain. I’ve written… Read More