More so than your average for-profit startup, Polco is concerned about the state of your local government.
When Polco’s co-founders Nick Mastronardi and Alex Pedersen pitch their software company, they paint a “Parks and Recreation”-like vision of city hall. When there’s a council meeting, it’s the same half-dozen “squeaky wheels” who show up to voice their dissatisfaction.
“It seems like, it’s always the same few loud and angry voices that dominate town hall,” proclaims one of the company’s promotional videos. “Those are not the only people who have a say.”
Pedersen and Mastronardi claim to have a solution: An online platform where governments can collect public input online from the many, not just the few. The software has been deployed in cities from Austin, Texas (population 948,000) to Two Rivers, Wisconsin (population 11,800) — and later this month, the City of Madison will begin a pilot phase with the tool. Read the full story here.