TOP NEWS

Mark43 Raises $38M Series C Round The police technology company has a lot of backers on the round, including some household names: Ashton Kutcher, retired Gen. David Petraeus, Jeff Bezos and the Govtech Fund are all in on it.

Podcast: The Anatomy of a Gov Tech Pitch Writers and editors from Government Technology and Governing discuss a pitch competition at South by Southwest where the startups were pitching mayors, not funders.

Even More Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Projects Helping child care workers get licensed in Danbuary, Conn. Spurring on energy efficiency in Pittsburgh. Using radar to find underground pipes in Vallejo, Calif. We continue our walk through the many local government projects in this year's Bloomberg Mayors Challenge.   Contributed: Why are Cities Still Signing Long-Term Technology Contracts? Nick DeMonner, chief executive of Seneca Systems, asks: Can cities pull themselves out of a purchasing cycle that only benefits vendors? MARKET SPOTLIGHT

WATCHLIST

What Can Government Find Among the Apps? There are a lot of apps out there for government workers to download. Like, really a lot. But how useful are they? GovTech company on our radar this week:

ZenCity: AI-driven gathering and analysis of citizen sentiment on specific topics, with sources ranging from social media to city hotlines.    Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.

WHAT WE'RE READING

300 Women on Twitter Who Work to Make Government Better (and Counting) (Lisa Abeyta/Twitter)   Are Cities Making Progress on Reducing Pedestrian Fatalities? (StreetsBlog USA)   How Boston Used Stripe to Bring its Death Certificate System Online (City of Boston) GovTechBiz is our weekly newsletter covering the companies, deals and trends in the business of gov tech. Got a news tip? Other feedback? We're listening. Send it to GovTechBiz Writer Ben Miller at biz@govtech.com.