Join the conversation: Register to attend a live Q&A with Gov. Martin O’Malley January 23rd

by Michelle Martineau

Former two-term governor and pioneer of data-driven governing, Martin O’Malley

It’s not every day that you get to pick the brain of a former governor and pioneer of data-driven reporting and management systems for local governments, but next Wednesday you’ll get your chance.

Mark your calendar and reserve your virtual seat at the table now for “The New Realities of Public Leadership – A Live Q&A with Martin O’Malley.” On Wednesday, January 23rd at 3:00 PM (EST), ClearGov CEO Chris Bullock will sit down with the former two-term mayor of Baltimore and two-term Governor of Maryland to talk best practices for civic leaders in the age of misinformation.

Given today’s politically charged climate, it’s worth noting that the conversation will draw upon O’Malley’s vast experience in running governments by the numbers and not his party affiliation, as ClearGov’s mission to help democracies work better is strictly nonpartisan.

O’Malley’s experience in the public sector spans three decades and includes eight years serving as a city councilor, so he’s well versed in the challenges confronted by civic leaders at the city, state, and local level. He’s also an avid proponent of transparent, data-driven governing and a founding practitioner of CitiStat, an innovative statistics-based tracking system that he debuted in Baltimore and later evolved for statewide use as Governor. The cutting-edge program won Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award in 2004 and is now used by hundreds of governments across the country and globally.

O’Malley currently sits on the board of directors for ClearGov and shares the company’s passion for empowering public leaders to better communicate, connect, and engage with their constituents. Of course, with more ways than ever for the public to access, consume, and disseminate information, today’s leaders face a whole new set of challenges.

In the last decade or so, there’s been a profound shift in the way we as a society get and share news. The internet, social media, and smartphones have all played a role in the democratization of data. Today, more people than ever not only enjoy — but have come to expect — unfettered access to a near-infinite stream of information (accurate and otherwise).

While this new reality poses unique challenges for civic and school leaders, the opportunities far outweigh the risks. The most successful leaders will be those who learn to leverage Information Age technologies to inform better decision-making, drive transparency, and ultimately build public trust.

In an ebook published earlier this month, Governor O’Malley identified best practices for how to not only adapt in an increasingly hyperconnected world, but actually thrive and help your community to prosper in ways never before possible.

In a live Q&A with the Governor on Wednesday January 23rd, we’ll pick up where the ebook leaves off. Register now to secure your space at this live event. Even if you can’t attend, sign up now and we’ll send you a recording of what promises to be an insightful discussion about the challenges of public leadership in the era of “fake news.”

 

ClearGov at TechCrunch Disrupt!

by Chris Bullock

Part of the award for winning TechCrunch Boston was a booth at Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 – the world’s leading authority on debuting startups.  The company was honored to be showcasing amongst the world’s most innovative startups and entrepreneurs.

TechCrunch Disrupt featured an impressive line-up of speakers including Fred Wilson (managing partner of Union Square Ventures), Tim Armstrong (CEO of Aol), Jeremy Stoppelman (CEO of Yelp) and even Jessica Alba (CEO of The Honest Co.).

The event gave tremendous exposure for ClearGov.  Check out our feature in Computer World from the event.

Onwards and upwards!

ClearGov Wins Mass Inno Nights #84!

by Chris Bullock

ClearGov continues its winning streak by taking grand prize at the civic-themed Mass Inno Nights #84.  ClearGov competed against six other startups and was voted audience favorite.  In addition to the ever-lasting glory of victory, the team brought home a number of prizes from Microsoft and other corporate sponsors.

Mass Inno Nights is a monthly event designed to give local entrepreneurs and startups more visibility for their innovative products.

For more info on the event, check out the coverage by the Boston Business Journal and Xconomy.

The Race is On – Vote for ClearGov

by Audrey Hall

 Online voting is getting things fired up for Mass Innovation Nights “84 next week and ClearGov needs your votes.

ClearGov has been selected to participate in this Microsoft sponsored Civic Tech event Tuesday, March 8th which showcases 11 products offering solutions to continuously improve government infrastructure and enhance the lives of citizens.

Of the 11 participants, the four top online vote getters will be invited on stage for a 5 minute presentation of their product at the event. District Hall in Boston will be packed and with your votes, ClearGov will win the opportunity to bring government financial transparency to the forefront.  

Would you step up and provide a vote of support? All you have to do is click on the link below. Once you click on the link, click on “Vote Here” (under “Mass Innovation Nights 84”) and then scroll all the way down to ClearGov and click on the red button that says “Love it!”

http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-84

Innovation Nights hosts product launch parties and networking events. Join us next Tuesday, 3/8/16 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM for #MIN84 in District Hall – 75 Northern Avenue in Boston.

Spread the word and the link before the deadline (Monday, 3/7/16 at noon) and thanks for the support. We’ll be back with a full report!

ClearGov Wins TechCrunch Pitch-Off in Boston

by Audrey Hall

 

HOPKINTON, MA – ClearGov, a start-up based in Hopkinton, MA took first place in AOL Inc.’s TechCrunch Pitch-Off this week at the Royale in Boston.  Billed as an event showcasing the “Cream of the Boston Startup Crop,” TechCrunch has been hosting startup competitions in Boston every year since 2013 .

ClearGov was one of only 10 finalist start-up companies chosen to participate.  CEO and Founder Chris Bullock was given 60 seconds on stage to pitch ClearGov to a packed house of hundreds of attendees and a panel of judges made up of local venture capitalists and TechCrunch editors.

Bullock said, “Everyone has a right to know how their local property tax dollars are being managed. ClearGov transforms complex and confusing municipal financial reports into easy-to-understand infographics that benchmark cities’ and towns’ performance against statistical peers. The platform helps local governments better communicate their financial performance to help inform voters and policy makers.” Bullock continued, “Being selected by the panelists as the winner was a great validation for our business and clear indicator that there is demand for tools that help governments drive efficiencies.”

ClearGov will be awarded an exhibitor table at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016, an event described as “the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups.”

ClearGov was also recently named by the editors of Government Technology magazine to the GovTech100 – the leading 100 government-focused companies with innovative or disruptive offerings.

Financials for all Massachusetts, California and New York municipalities are available at www.ClearGov.com. The data is expanded and upgraded for subscribing municipalities and linked to or embedded within their websites.

TechCrunch is an AOL owned, leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

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About ClearGov

ClearGov transforms city and town financial statements into easy-to-understand infographics to help citizens better understand how their tax dollars are being put to use.  Local governments leverage ClearGov to more clearly communicate their financial performance in an effort to build citizen trust and participation through transparency.   ClearGov also provides valuable municipal benchmarking intelligence to help government leaders make more informed and data-driven policy and budgetary decisions while opening the door wider to sharing best practices between municipalities.