Public Safety VC Firm Plans Growth Responder Ventures, focused exclusively on technology serving the public safety-emergency response spectrum, is raising money for its first official fund. Here's why the firm thinks now is a good time to invest in public safety tech.
DropCountr Raises $600K Seed Round The former Gov Tech 100 company has heretofore chosen organic growth over outside investment. Also, it's launching a version of its product para los hispanohiblantes (for Spanish speakers).
Ohio Qualifies 50 Vendors Through Agile RFP The state, toying with agile tech procurement, has pre-qualified some 50 vendors for data analytics work.
Where Is State and Local Government Spending the Most on Tech? And how have those figures changed since last year? Estimates from the Center for Digital Government here.
GovTech companies on our radar this week:
Free & Fair An open-source election hardware and software company. Free & Fair just
scored a contract with the state of Colorado to set up a first-of-its-kind system for auditing election results.
Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.
WHAT WE'RE READING
OpenGov, Backed by Kushner-Linked VC, Gets a White House Invite (Huffington Post)
A Civic Hacker Built an App to Help Train Riders, and then the Transit Authority Shut It Down (Alexander Kharlamov/Medium)
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