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What has changed in GovTech?

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Why are GovTech startups now finding themselves able to support and scale this move into offering services to the government? What about the GovTech industry has changed to allow this acceptance?


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Sanj Goyle
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Sanj Goyle Entrepreneur
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bill
i saw your note re Govtech. i'm quite curious about this vertical or group of verticals. is there a group of companies you have in mind? is the idea of selling services to govt?

Mike Whitfield
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Mike Whitfield Entrepreneur
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Where are you making that conclusion? There have been many companies that interact with existing regulation and tax in new ways. The markets could be playing catchup. Does this make sense?
Dina Destreza
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Dina Destreza Entrepreneur
Digital Content Manager at Keyideas Infotech
Great question Bill. When policy makers are well informed, it allows wider participation of governance by the public, in the Tech and Non-Tech industry. The wider usage of smartphones by the people has given a boost to many Internet & App development companies in coming up with the latest and the best app that can meet customers' need. With Tech-friendly policies especially for Startups, there would be an advanced growth and development in this field. This can be clearly seen in the emerging markets namely India and China. Good Luck Bill Wade.
Mark Sendo
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Mark Sendo Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder, CEO, Forbes Contributor, Conference Speaker, TechCrunch featured story twice
We developed a gov tech friendly platform. However, my question is how to create more awareness, in order to drive the gov to allow a pilot for proof of concept?
Jeff Fitzmyers
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Project Manager at Energy Remodeling Inc.
Seems to me a primary driver is simply efficacy. I would highlight that. I saw a Code4America presentation last year that showed a great way to plan bus routes. It was built on Google Maps with no fluff and not integrated with other stuff. It automatically figured out the cost of a new route and these could be compared (by hand) Just enough to provide justification. It cut down planing a bus route from days to an hour, and was fun to use. After watching that, there is simply zero justification to stick with the old way.
Dina Destreza
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Dina Destreza Entrepreneur
Digital Content Manager at Keyideas Infotech
Mark, there is no better awareness than talking to the public about your product. The best way is to address the public in the form of a gathering or a get-together in a public park, because it would be expensive to organize any event in a hotel, not neglecting social media promotion and other digital marketing activities. And do keep on reaching out to Tech Journalists because they can spread the word through their print and electronic media. Good Luck Mark Sendo
Thomas Sutrina
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Thomas Sutrina Entrepreneur
Inventor at Retired Pursue Personal interrests and family
I suspect that what you see is the change in need of the government not the people and the way they make decisions. Government bureaucrats are guided by the need not to fail. They are not driven by the need to have a most up to date or the most cost efficient etc. That is why you see the choices of companies like the one hired to write the software for Obama Care. They presented a package saying they write government software and succeed. That is why most government contracts are not to start ups but to previous winners of contracts. Start ups have to spend time and money to get on a personal level with the decision maker to get a contract. Finding a person that had a personal relationship is the most cost effective.
So the need change is simply that their are few existing suppliers with relationships with the decision maker. So he has to pick from what is there weaker relationships.
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