TOP NEWS How Three Gov Tech Startups Found Market Success The government is a large, juicy market with lots of opportunity to deploy new technology or modernize old systems — but it's also full of quirks and unique hurdles. Here's how three gov tech startups have found their way in that market. Vermont City Tests Blockchain for Real Estate Transactions The City Clerk's Office of South Burlington, Vt., is trying out a blockchain-based system based on an existing platform from a company called Propy. With blockchain still very much an emerging technology — especially in the world of government — it represents early exploration of something that might become more prominent in the future. Columbus, Ohio, Releases Major Smart City RFP The city is still working to implement the vision that won it $50 million in 2016, but it's just taken a big step forward in the process: Putting out calls for an operating system to help different infrastructure systems communicate with each other. 11 States Considering Blockchain Actions The legislation and research projects touch on topics ranging from sex trafficking to business licensing, and many of them involve state governments looking for ways they can use blockchain for their own purposes. How Michigan Dramatically Improved Public Assistance Applications The state turned to experts in human-centered design to overhaul what used to be the nation's longest application for public assistance. The results? A smaller form, saved time and smoother processing. MARKET SPOTLIGHT Celebrities and Famous People Invest in the Gov Tech 100 It's true, we mapped it out to make sure. Check out who's investing here. WATCHLIST GovTech company on our radar this week:
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