How GovFresh started

One Wednesday, Luke Fretwell had an idea to aggregate official U.S. Government news all in one place to serve as his own personal news service.

Thursday, he designed a simple prototype and created groups within FriendFeed related to various government departments and agencies.

Friday, he met with Ryan Waggoner, and they discussed a simple way to execute the idea. Ryan set up the site in WordPress and customized it to Luke’s design. Ryan then did some custom coding to integrate the FriendFeed groups into the WordPress site.

GovFresh launched that day, Friday, May 1, 2009.

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About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh, co-founder/CEO of ProudCity and co-host of the podcast, The Government We Need. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at


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