Civic Startups

San Francisco, a city that knows its faults

Posted on by Emily Wright Moore in 2012 fellows, Accelerator, Civic Startups, Data, San Francisco

Crossposted from: recovers.wordpress.com Low vacancy, numerous homeless people, elegant old buildings, shuttle buses to Silicon Valley… and warning, I’m going to talk about earthquakes. If it gets scary, stick with me: there’s good news at the end, ways to better …

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Recovers: Why We’re Coding for America

Posted on by Caitria O’Neill in Accelerator, Civic Startups, Coding for America, Public service

Recovers is one of the seven civic startups in the inaugural class of the CfA Accelerator.  I am what some would call a non-technical founder. I spoke Russian, not Ruby. I studied government, not the software that supported it. Sure, I knew my …

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Captricity: Why We’re Coding for America

Posted on by Brian Busch in Accelerator, Civic Startups, Coding for America, Commentary, Santa Cruz

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Captricity is one of the seven civic startups in the inaugural class of the CfA Accelerator.  I was sure my little dream of starting a side-project, small business were going to die. Looking at a multicolor zoning map and trying to make sense …

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Communities + Government = Success

Posted on by Jim Craner in #meta, Accelerator, Civic Startups, Commentary

In May of this year, Code for America began accepting applications for our new Accelerator civic startup incubator program, designed to help startup ventures in the civic space. As my colleague Abhi Nemani mentioned in a recent blog post, the …

Charles “Chic” Naumer: Technology for Do-Gooders

Posted on by Lauren Reid in Accelerator, Civic Startups

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This post is part of an ongoing series about civic startups. What’s a civic startup? Find out. Code for America recently launched a civic startup accelerator to help promote and “turbo charge” civic startups. We’re accepting applications for the accelerator …

Nick Bowden: Facilitating Mind Mixing

Posted on by Mark Pan in Accelerator, Civic Startups

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This post is part of an ongoing series about civic startups. What’s a civic startup? Find out. Code for America recently launched a civic startup accelerator to help promote and “turbo charge” civic startups. We’re accepting applications for the accelerator now …

Jonathan Wegener: Plotting Your Exit Strategy

Posted on by Lauren Reid in Accelerator, Civic Startups

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This post is the first in an upcoming series of posts about civic startups. What’s a civic startup? Find out. Code for America recently launched a civic startup accelerator to help promote and “turbo charge” civic startups. We’re accepting applications for …

When is failure an option?

Posted on by Mark Headd in #meta, Accelerator, Brigade, Civic Startups, Commentary

The tagline for the recent BmoreFail event in Baltimore succinctly captures the new way of thinking about failure as a tool for innovation: “Failure is not an option. It’s a requirement.” It is becoming a widely held belief that failure …

Civic Startups Wishlist #1:
A Better Freecycle

Posted on by Jennifer Pahlka in Civic Startups, Commentary

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Dear Lazy Web, Please make a better Freecycle. Earlier this year when Code for America was closed for a break, and I spent some of the time off cleaning out my basement. When I moved into my house ten years …