Together with a large number of Stanford students, I founded California Common Sense, a nonprofit to uncover waste, compare performance between states, and highlight the most and least efficient areas of state government. We created the first online portal for state government data, filed FOIA requests, and attracted over a thousand media articles.
As more agencies began coming to us for data, we realized that local governments were plagued by corrupt companies charging them absurd amounts to see their own data through bottom-quality software. In an early example of Smart Enterprise, we realized the solution was a mission-focused, data-driven, for-profit company, and Opengov was born. We built a platform to fix budgeting, licensing, citizen services, and reporting. Today, that mission is a success: OpenGov helps over 3000 government customers to bring constituents the transparency and efficiency they deserve.