BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, January 21 2015
After attending several of the unconference sessions at the Civic Hall open house, which were for the most part all run by beta members, a theme emerged. Feelings.Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 22 2014
What San Francisco techies and tenant activists have in common; the future of online political targeting; problems with Washington DC's new open data policies; and much, much more. Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, October 11 2013
The Republican National Committee spent much of the spring of 2013 publicizing its ambition to build an in-house apps platform to enable technological innovations in their political sphere of technology, but it turns out that the non-partisan software startup NationBuilder may have gotten there first. NationBuilder pulled the wraps off of its new application platform earlier this week with an impressive array of companies that have made use of NationBuilder's new application programming interface (API.) They include Organizer, which makes a canvassing tool that we covered last week, and a host of other apps that for activists and politically-engaged citizens from ActionSprout, Amicus, CallFire, Change.org, ControlShift, and MobileCommons. Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 10 2013
Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus: Just how far has the Obama administration strayed from its promise to be the most open and transparent in history?; how government procurement practices led to the HealthCare.gov mess; Ari Fleischer's Twitter meltdown; and much, much more. Read More
BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 4 2013
Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:: The secret list where Ted Cruz plots strategy; The American Prospect gives Jim Gilliam a full-length feature profile; Bitly shares real-data traffic data for the top 40 media sites in the US; and much, much more. Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, February 7 2013
NationBuilder's Co-Founder Joe Green announced Wednesday that he's stepping down from day-to-day operations at the company and joining the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Green ... Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 17 2012
Blue State Digital is launching a campaign to court the lower-end campaign and advocacy customer base that NationBuilder has spent the past two years successfully scooping up. But grassroots candidates on the "wrong" side of the political spectrum like Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, who's running to unseat Democratic incumbent Marcy Kaptur in Ohio's Ninth District, need not apply. Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 13 2012
It's the people, stupid. That's the message that some progressives have for colleagues like Netroots Nation's Raven Brooks, who called for a boycott of the political software startup NationBuilder, and Matt Browner Hamlin, who says he'll stop recommending the software to clients, all because NationBuilder has struck a deal to provide software to Republican candidates for state legislatures. Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, July 12 2012
A core group of progressive political strategists are in some cases boycotting the political software firm NationBuilder and in others are steering business elsewhere after the company announced it had reached a deal with the Republican State Leadership Committee.
"At this point, I don't think it's in the interest of progressive causes and candidates to keep supporting a platform that's basically taking a side," Raven Brooks told techPresident. Brooks is the executive director of Netroots Nation, a conference that thousands of left-leaning bloggers, activists and Democratic strategists attend each year to brush up on their organizing and movement-building skills.
NationBuilder sells low-cost, web-based software for movements, including political campaigns. The deal upsets people on the left because co-founders Jim Gilliam and Joe Green both have pedigrees in progressive politics: Gilliam co-founded Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films, and Green, a founder of Causes, was regional field director in northwest Arizona for Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.Read More
BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 8 2012
Silicon Valley venture capital is coming to political technology.
NationBuilder, which entered public beta almost exactly a year ago and was founded by Brave New Films organizer Jim Gilliam as a low-cost, web 2.0-style organizing platform for campaigns, will announce today that it is bringing Causes founder Joe Green on board as president and has secured $6.25 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.Read More