Why Government Should Embrace Tech Startups

Many jurisdictions, like San Francisco, are successfully partnering with early-stage tech companies. But it won't work for everyone.

by / December 14, 2016

Many technology companies are wary of working with government. But that is starting to change. The state of Ohio recently announced a new RFP aimed at bringing smaller vendors in to work on some of the state's biggest challenges. At the local level, an increasing number of jurisdictions are finding ways to form partnerships with early-stage innovators from their local communities.

At the State of GovTech event in October, San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath offered his thoughts on why now is the right time for government to engage with new voices in the tech sector.

Though there are many benefits to such partnerships, the shift from traditional large-scale deployments to this new kind of partnership lends itself to certain kinds of organizations. On the business side, for instance, working with government is best suited for startups that are thinking about more than the bottom line. And the government agencies that work well with startups tend to have a culture that is open to new ideas.

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Government Technology editor Noelle Knell has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.