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After a Lackluster Election Year, Votizen Acquired by Causes.com

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 11 2013

Left to right: Now on the same team: David Binetti, Matt Mahan and Jason Putorti. Photo: Causes.com

Votizen made a splash in 2011 when it debuted as part of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's election campaign. The tool was one of the first platforms to explore social voting — asking supporters of a candidate or cause to reach out to eligible voters from among their friends on social networks. But while major political parties and issue campaigns picked up some of Votizen's competitors, their platform's growth chart looks kind of flat: A modest 100,000 users and 200 paying customers as of shortly after election day.

So maybe it should be no surprise that Votizen will no longer be flying solo. On Thursday, the social activism and online petitioning website Causes.com announced it would acquire the company under undisclosed terms. All user activity from 2012 will be wiped from the platform — but Causes.com will pick up all eight of the company's staff in the deal.

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Further Down the Ballot, Little Love for a "Social Voting" Tool

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 5 2012

Rachel Norton, a vice president of the San Francisco Board of Education, says Votizen's interface "leaves a lot to desired."

The idea that new tools could make voting social has taken off among high-level campaigns that understand the power of one-to-one connections online. But at the grassroots, where Votizen's co-founders hope to grow most of their clients, this seed of an idea has yet to sprout. Read More

Where's Your Polling Location? On IOS 6, There's Now An App To Help You Find Out

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, October 30 2012

Votizen, the San Francisco social voting startup, launched a new feature for the iPhone's new operating system Tuesday that provides registered voters with polling information location, as well as information about their ... Read More