…a group of tech barons are raising the stakes with what may be their biggest challenge yet: American democracy.
Big tech-industry players want to help get out the vote and are pouring millions into a new startup to boost American civic engagement.
The startup will apparently focus on increasing voter engagement at federal, state, and local levels, though exactly how it plans to do this is still unknown…
To date, Brigade has been quiet about what it’s up to, preferring to remain in near stealth. The product, which remains occluded, will likely be a platform or network of sorts that is centered around issues facing voters at various levels of government.
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Sean was the founding President of Facebook, and co-founded Napster, Plaxo, Airtime, and Causes. He’s also a former executive managing partner at Founders Fund, and currently sits on the board of Spotify.
Matt is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Brigade. He served as CEO of Causes and has previous experience in political campaigning and community organizing. In 2004, Matt ran the first political campaign to leverage Facebook data when he was elected Student Body President at Harvard.
James is responsible for overseeing partnerships, marketing and future monetization. He previously served as VP of Revenue at Causes and worked as a corporate lawyer and in international development for the World Trade Organization in Switzerland.
John is responsible for building and leading our world-class engineering operation. Prior to joining Brigade, he was VP of Engineering at Yahoo! where he managed teams that created products that served 20,000 page views per second to over a billion users on multiple platforms around the world.
Jason leads product design and creative direction for the product and brand. Jason was the co-founder of Votizen, and first designer both at Mint.com and Bessemer Venture Partners.
Miche is the last word on product strategy, and held the same role at Votizen. Miche was the first Designer in Residence at 500 Startups where he advised the first accelerator batch and created the Design Bootcamp program.
We’re a team with a diverse set of skills, beliefs, and passions, united in our desire for a better country for all. We are Brigade.