POPVOX in the News
December 28, 2016 – Nooga.com
Unpredictable States of America
by: Nirmal Ghosh
"There's a resurgence of Congress…" said Rachna Choudhry, co-founder of POPVOX.com, a non-partisan platform that tracks Congressional activity.
October 24, 2016 – Nooga.com
Civic startup connects constituents, lawmakers
by: Chloé Morrison
Leaders of a civic startup with ties to Tennessee have created an online platform that connects constituents and policymakers in an effort to transform public input into legislative action.
October 20, 2016 – Knoxville News Sentinel
Interactive legislative tool for Tennessee
by: Tyler Whetstone
A former Tennessean is hoping to change how residents in the Volunteer State interact with elected officials during this legislative session. POPVOX, a for-profit, nonpartisan civic startup organization connects bills coming before Congress with users. The site is formatted to allow residents the ability to easily tell their representatives in Congress what they think with a few clicks of the mouse.
October 20, 2016 – The Tennessee Journal
POPVOX offers option for communicating with TN legislators
by: Tom Humphrey
POPVOX, an online outfit set up to allow citizens to get information on bills pending in Congress and send a message of support or opposition to federal lawmakers, is moving to do the same thing for legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly.
October 20, 2016 – Tennessee Bar Association News
Tennesseans Get New Legislative Tool
by: Stacey Shrader
The creator of POPVOX, a for-profit, nonpartisan startup that connects users with bills coming before Congress, went live last week with a beta project in Tennessee. The pilot project allows voters to let their state representatives know what they think with a few clicks of the mouse.
August 23, 2016 – Mic
These millennials are hoping civic tech will get young people in the election game
by: Kathleen Wong
Because social media is a vital tool for politically engaged millennials, PopVox leverages Twitter and Facebook as a "big feedback loop" on which issues in Congress really hit home for people, according to Whitney Wyszynski, 24, PopVox's content manager. Gavel Down, PopVox's weekly email wrap-up, helps people stay up-to-date on congressional happenings.
March 18, 2016 – Roll Call
Capitol Hill Not Quite Silicon Valley, But It's Trying
by: Alex Gangitano
As technology keeps changing the way politics and business is conducted, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., are trying to get Capitol Hill on board, and they're making the Beta Labs briefing series part of their efforts. Beta Labs was established last year and gives staffers the opportunity to sit down with companies and learn how to integrate new technology into their everyday lives.
December 9, 2015 – StateScoop
Civic engagement platform PopVox to expand to states
by: Zack Jordan
A platform that crowdsources opinions about federal legislation is preparing to launch state-level platforms — beginning with California and Tennessee.
Kira Lerner, Think Progress
Voter turnout in the U.S. during the last midterm election hit the lowest point since the 1940s. The number of Americans heading to the polls each election has been declining for the last fifty years and lawmakers have recently been pushing efforts to keep even more people away from the polls.
Emily Cadei, WCAI
Welcome to the much-derided world of so-called hashtag activism, or "slacktivism," that's become something of a calling card for the millennial generation. Some enterprising young people are trying to change that, launching startups they hope can take our passing interests or underlying values and guide all of us — not just millennials — into more directed and, most importantly, sustained civic engagement.
Adam Stone, Government Technology
For a long time tech entrepreneurs have battered against the ramparts, looking for a way to breach the walls of government with services they believed could further civic aims. They are finally getting through.
Erik Van De Water, Venture Capitol, Georgetown University’s entrepreneurship magazine
Julia Sonenshein, Daily WorthDaily
Emily Cadei, OZY
Why you should care: Millennials’ biggest political challenge might be whether they can make the Internet good for anything other than cat videos and one-night stands.
Lalita Clozel, Technical.ly
PopVox, launched in 2010, now boasts almost 400,000 users. The platform aims to bridge the communication gap between constituents and lawmakers.
Charlie Mitchell, Potomac Watch
The beauty of POPVOX and a few similar services is they allow a voter to quickly figure out who their representative is, that lawmaker's stand on a given issue and then provides a way for the voter to weigh in on the issues he or she cares about.
Lauren Hepler, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Marci Harris, co-founder and CEO of four-year-old Redwood City startup POPVOX, offers a platform for people to send personal stories directly to congressional inboxes, sorting them by topic to increase efficiency.
Liveblog from Matt Stempeck of Code for America panel featuring POPVOX co-founder, Marci Harris
Marci hopes we’re moving towards a more comprehensive ecosystem where it all fits together well. She sees CfA as a great onramp into the space. We need to fit together the puzzle pieces and prevent duplication so that the few resources in the space are well deployed. That’s how we’ll produce the ripple effects that networks allow.
podcast by Andrea Seabrook
Today on the DecodeDC weekly podcast, we explore these forward-looking examples of legislative innovation, and ask the question of our own lawmakers here in Washington, DC: What’s the future of Congress?
Sarah McKinney, Forbes
But what if there was a technology solution – a non-partisan platform providing you with a 360-degree view of every bill and resolution, organized by issue area to enable easy discovery, and aggregating personal letters from people just like you, as well as professional opinions from advocacy groups and trade associations, and using location-based data to show you what Congress is actually hearing from verified constituents?
by Pat Fiorenza, GovLoop
This process provides meaningful impact for Congress. With Popvox, Congress can better address constituent concerns, identify common trends, and improve the way they engage with citizens around issues. Ultimately, Popvox can serve as a platform for improved decision-making, and more direct form of governance.
Hamish McKenzie, Pando
Accordingly, there has been a recent surge in startups hoping to work alongside government, including Techstars alum Outline, which boasts a policy visualization tool and has signed up the state of Massachusetts as its first customer, Brooklyn-based nonprofit Turbovote, which is working to make the voting system more transparent, and Popvox, which aggregates legislation and lets the public make their opinions heard on it.
David Zax, Fast Company
POPVOX IS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT TAKING AMERICA'S (TOO-OFTEN RACING) POLITICAL PULSE. BUT ITS ULTIMATE GOAL, SAYS FOUNDER MARCI HARRIS, IS TO LOWER THE VOLUME OF PARTISAN SHOUTING ENOUGH TO HELP AVERAGE PEOPLE MAKE SENSE OF THE ISSUES.
Garrett Graff, Washingtonian Magazine
From cybersecurity to mobile apps to cloud computing, Washington’s tech scene has never been more diverse or inspiring. Here are the people influencing the next generation of technologies and changing how we interact with the world around us.
Zoe Fox, Mashable
Public service startup Popvox connects citizens with Congress in an innovative online platform, created by Marci Harris and Rachna Choudhry. Popvox provides a platform for members of the public to learn about what bills are on the docket so they can share their opinions with their elected representatives.
Colin Delaney, ePolitics
Here's a bit of a coup for our friends at POPVOX.com, who were also featured in that recent "50 Hottest" list in BusinessInsider: when advocates use the POPVOX site to post documents supporting or opposing legislation, they now go straight to the House Democratic intranet, where they're immediately available to staff. Useful!
Grace Wyler and Brett Logiurato, Business Insider
"This is really the first time that there has been a public record of what Congress is hearing," Harris told Business Insider. "It provides a level of transparency that has really never existed in Congress, and certainly has never existed for the rest of us."
"POPVOX", derived from the Latin phrase vox populi, or 'voice of the people' – provides an online venue for citizens to voice their opinions to Congress. As an alternative to constituent letters and phone calls, which today do little more than exasperate congressional offices and occupy their interns, POPVOX aims to become the standard tool by which congressmen 'measure the pulse of their district.'
Courtney Martin, Stanford Social Innovation Review
"Too often, those of us doing civic entrepreneurship mistakenly think, "What would I want?" and then iterate on that basis. But in fact, most of us are trying to mobilize and motivate people very unlike us. The people we're trying to motivate are not starting up civic ventures. They're not even that interested in what they likely see as a weak and uninspiring democratic landscape."
Catherine Ho, Washington Post
"Popvox, which was founded in 2010, is part of a growing movement among D.C. professional services veterans to create new businesses aimed at helping the masses – rather than well-heeled corporations – influence public policy."
Kate Abbott, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
"A handful of tech startups like PopVox are trying to give citizens and lawmakers the tools to cut through the noise."
Cindy Huang, PBS NewsHour
"With technology advancing at a rapid pace and billions of people receiving information on the Internet and their mobile phones, entrepreneurs and developers are trying to bridge the gap between new technology and old government habits. These civically focused startups are building products that they hope will change the way things are done on Capitol Hill."
Nick Judd, TechPresident
"Now House Democrats are getting in on the act. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer announced today that House Dems will integrate citizen input and organizational position papers submitted on POPVOX, a website for tracking bills and contacting Congress about them, into a document repository shared by every Democratic member."
David Zax, Fast Company
"Marci Harris is the CEO of PopVox, a website that lets organizations and individuals weigh in on legislation making its way through Congress. Fast Company caught up with Harris to discuss the novelty of laptops in caucus meetings, the uselessness of tweeting at your Congressperson, and the difficulty of parsing the phrase, 'Save the whales.'"
RCR Wireless News
(VIDEO) PopVox was winner of the social media and networking technologies award at the 2011 SXSW Accelerator, presented by Microsoft BizSpark.