|Privately held company|
|Founder||Zachary Bookman, Joe Lonsdale, Nate Levine, Dakin Sloss|
|Products||Budgeting, Transparency, Open Data, Reporting and Business Intelligence|
Number of employees
OpenGov is a Silicon Valley technology company that offers cloud-based software for public sector budgeting, reporting, communications, and performance, powering more effective and accountable governments.
OpenGov was founded in 2012 by Zachary Bookman, Nate Levine, Dakin Sloss, and Joe Lonsdale. The company's founders and several advisors met while working with California Common Sense, a non-profit non-partisan organization, which advocates open data and open government principles. Until 2013, the company was known as Delphi Solutions.
OpenGov acquired Ontodia, a leading developer of Open Data CKAN solutions, in April 2016. The acquisition has allowed OpenGov to build out its offerings, adding a managed open data CKAN solution and dashboards to the OpenGov Smart Government Platform.
The Wall Street Journal reported that OpenGov, a government technology start-up whose CEO attended a tech summit at the White House in June 2017, is part owned by Thrive Capital — a venture firm run by Jared Kushner's brother, Joshua. OpenGov’s CEO, Zac Bookman was the only chief executive of a small firm among the 18 tech leaders to get a seat at the table with the president. According to the Wall Street Journal, a staff member suggested OpenGov participate after learning about the company in previous congressional roles. In October 2017, OpenGov acquired government-serving tech company, Peak Democracy of Berkeley, Calif.
The OpenGov Cloud™
OpenGov is the leader in cloud-based solutions for government. The OpenGov Cloud™ is the only integrated cloud solution for budgeting, performance, communications and reporting. This multi-tenant Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) solution connects stakeholders to the budget process, engages them for real-time feedback, accurately forecasts personnel costs, and integrates with key government systems, resulting in improved outcomes, enhanced internal efficiencies, and more time for strategic planning.
OpenGov Budgeting and Performance
OpenGov’s integrated online solution aggregates and synchronizes financial and non-financial data. OpenGov budgeting and performance streamlines and transforms the budget process from the initial stages of strategic planning and personnel forecasting on through final publication while enabling collaboration throughout. Leverage OpenGov budgeting and performance to plan and manage strategic initiatives by capturing priorities, tying budgets to initiatives, identifying key outcomes, and engaging stakeholders.
OpenGov Communications and Reporting
OpenGov's communications and reporting platform is used by governments for engaging with constituents and stakeholders. With OpenGov, leaders can analyze and communicate complex topics and decisions in a simple manner anyone can understand. Agencies are able to build trust with colleagues and residents by gathering input on key initiatives and aligning budget and the strategic plan to both performance objectives and public expectations.
OpenGov Open Data
OpenGov Open Data, powered by enterprise-ready CKAN, delivers public data to civic developers, businesses, and citizens. This solution provides a hosted and managed CKAN instance with customizable portals. OpenGov’s comprehensive open data and financial transparency solutions help agencies of all sizes drive accountability, make data more useful, engage the public, and unlock economic potential.
The City of Palo Alto was OpenGov's first customer, following a collaboration between the city and employees from nonprofit California Common Sense to launch a comprehensive open data platform.
Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com with OpenGov in early December 2014. Ohio was one of the first states in the country to use a searchable, machine readable checkbook for transactions. The Treasurer’s Office allows local governments to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com at no cost to the agencies themselves. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts.
Schools and Special Districts
Notable OpenGov school and special district customers include the Menlo Park City School District, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority in Georgia.
OpenGov is advised by experts from the technology, financial, and public service sectors. Examples include:
- Adrian Fenty, Mayor of Washington D.C. from 2007 to 2011
- George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State
- Lawrence H. Summers, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
- Pierre Lamond, venture capitalist
- Byron Dorgan, Former U.S. Senator from North Dakota
- Karen White, CEO of RMS
- Michel Feaser, Co-Founder and CEO of Usermind
- Maury Blackman, President & CEO of Premise Data
OpenGov has raised $47 million from venture capital and angel investors. A $3 million Series A round in 2012 included venture funds 8VC, Founder Collective, Valiant Capital, and "a number of high-profile angel investors." In 2013, the company raised $4 million in further investment from 8VC and new investor Thrive Capital.
On May 15, 2014, OpenGov announced a new $15 million Series B round of funding including investments from Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, SGVC, Streamlined Ventures, Sway Ventures, and Thrive Capital.
An additional $25 million Series B round in October 2015 included additional investments from Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Thrive Capital, and Sway Ventures, as well as new investors Glynn Capital, Scott Cook, and Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures. Marc Andreessen was also added to the board during the October 15, 2015 round.
In May, 2017 OpenGov raised a $30 million Series C round. The round was led by Emerson Collective, and included investments from Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Thrive Capital, Telstra Ventures, Sway Ventures, and Expanding Capital.
- Freedom of information legislation
- Local government
- Public trust
- Open government data
- Government Budget
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