2 Tech Startups Rake in the Cash

Plus CIOs talk cloud and procurement, states pilot a digital driver's license, and more ...

by / May 16, 2017

TOP NEWS

More Funding for Remix and Soofa Funding activity in the gov tech startup space is heating up at the moment, with Remix and the company behind Soofa both closing on capital rounds in the past week. Remix, a transit planning platform with a fast customer growth rate, won $10 million in a Series A round, while the solar-powered bench and digital display maker Changing Environments nailed down a $2.5 million seed round for Soofa.

CIOs Talk Cloud, Procurement At the mid-year NASCIO conference, chief information officers from two states talked about their direction with Gov Tech. Montana CIO Ron Baldwin discussed the timeline for the state moving from mainframe to cloud, while Washington CIO Michael Cockrill shared information about his state's push for procurement reform.

Digital Driver's License Pilot Is About to Begin The District of Columbia, Colorado, Maryland and Idaho are all participating in the upcoming three-month test project. Gemalto, a Dutch company, is conducting the test.

City IT Leaders Talk About What's Stoping Smart City Tech A panel discussion at Smart Cities Week in Santa Clara, Calif., featuring CIOs from Philadelphia, Seattle, San Jose and San Leandro, Calif., touched on what's holding back cities from adopting new technology.

West Virginia Launches OpenGov Budget Portal The Mountain State has adopted the startup OpenGov's platform as it struggles with a $500 million budget deficit.

MARKET SPOTLIGHT

Which State Has the Most High-Budget Counties? The Golden State takes home that award. We break down the 20 counties with the biggest budgets in the U.S., as well as their chief information officers, here.

WATCHLIST

GovTech companies on our radar this week:

Invenia: This Canadian startup using AI-based software to optimize power grids and reduce carbon emissions just raised $5 million in a Series A round.

Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.

WHAT WE'RE READING

A Playbook for Artificial Intelligence (Andreessen Horowitz)

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Ben Miller is the business beat staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.