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As De Blasio Surges, Many in Tech Sector Back Quinn

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, September 9 2013

Quinn visiting Songza headquarters in Long Island City in June (Quinn/Facebook)

NYC Public Advocate Bill De Blasio currently has the momentum in the New York City mayoral race. He is leading in the polls, close to the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off. But even as De Blasio surges, many in New York City's technology sector, who feel they have benefitted under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, continue to back his rival Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker, who is fighting to reach the second place in a possible run-off. Read More

Headed to Startup Land, Obama's Tech Alumni Take the Ground-Game Mentality With Them

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 21 2013

With the campaign behind them, Obama for America Technology alumni are scattered across the country — some still in Chicago, some making a new start in a new city, others still taking time off for travel. In interviews, some of these coders, designers, and product managers said that the campaign was a political break in a career otherwise spent in the tech sector. Others told me their time working for Obama has convinced them to focus on civic life. All of them expressed a connection to their campaign colleagues and to OfA's test-everything, data-driven organizing ethos that, they say, is likely to inform everything they do next. Read More

Democratic Politics and The Innovator's Dilemma

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 2 2013

Photo: Max Braun / Flickr

In a recent blog post, progressive technologists Jim Pugh and Nathan Woodhull argue that Democrats should institutionalize the software development that came out of the second Obama campaign. This sets up the same innovator's dilemma faced by major players in other industries: Democrats can allow competition internally, potentially creating greater innovation but putting their control at risk, or they can focus on consolidating their advantage. What decision they make will say much about what the Democratic Party will become. Read More

Twitter's CEO Guides Senators on More Strategic Tweeting

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 6 2011

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo; photo credit: Joi Ito Twitter's boss met with a large handful of U.S. senators yesterday, reports AdWeek's Dylan Byers. On the agenda, not policy matters, but the matter of follower counts: ... Read More

Gibbs Wasn't Loving His Place in Facebook's Org Chart

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 5 2011

Politico's Mike Allen has added insight into why former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs won't be joining the team at Facebook. Reporting to Mark Zuckerberg is one thing, but... The deal -- a potential goldmine ... Read More

Facebook Wants to Be Liked in Washington, China

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza Facebook is considering expanding into China, and with that the country will face some tough choices, report the Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Williamson, Amy Schatz, and Geoffrey A. ... Read More

Facebook Aims to Make Friends in Washington

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 30 2011

Facebook, Inc. is beefing up in Washington, and some critics are worried that the sort of hand-holding that the company does with electeds now, backed with some real policy heft, will distract watchdogs from worries ... Read More

Goodbye DC, Hello Silicon Valley

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 29 2011

A landing pad for many folks revolving out of the White House and Capitol Hill is, these days, the Internet industry -- Twitter, Google, Facebook, reports the Washington Post's Cecelia Kang in a nice catch. Read More

Zuck Takes Provo

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 25 2011

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got "a hero's welcome" at Brigham Young University today, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Sure looks that way. He was there on the invitation of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, and spoke ... Read More

Tech, Meet President

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 18 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza Read More