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7 characteristics of government technology startups

Code for America recently held a “Bay Area Government Technology Showcase” featuring ventures and investors pitching their ideas, and CfA’s Ashley Meyers and Dharmishta Rood opened the event with an overview of seven traits of the next generation of government technology startups.

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Doubling down on government technology

We’ve recently seen an uptick in venture capital interest around government and civic technology startups, but before we enthusiastically celebrate these investments, we must ask ourselves whether this potential bubble will truly reshape government IT or simply leave us five years from now in the same place we are today.

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With Screendoor, DOBT makes simple web forms key to better government

After Adam Becker and Clay Johnson completed their stints as White House Presidential Innovation Fellows working together on Project RFP-EZ, they were inspired to scale IT simplicity so that governments everywhere would no longer have to deal with traditional mediocre software solutions most legacy vendors provide.

Nick Selby, co-founder and CEO, StreetCred (Photo: Code for America)

Startup.civ: StreetCred

StreetCred helps law enforcement agencies locate fugitives, get them out of the community, and bring the officers home safely each day.

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Startup.civ: SmartProcure

SmartProcure is a government purchasing database that helps agencies improve purchasing decisions and vendors win more government business.

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Park.IT or ticket

Park.it creates happy drivers driving in cities like San Francisco, by helping them avoid parking tickets or tow away charges along with parking choices at their fingertips.

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Help government communicate better

Measured Voice President Jed Sundwall writes “Why We’re a Civic Startup” on the company’s blog to highlight why it applied to the Code for America Accelerator program.