Socrata lands $18 million, continuing mission to unlock troves of government data

Seattle entrepreneur Kevin Merritt wants to help lead a transformation in government. Not by running for office, but through unleashing the mountains of data that government transportation departments, health departments and other agencies have amassed over the years. And today, Socrata is getting a big boost to deliver on that mission. The company just scored… Read More


Tech Moves: Xbox vet joins 9Slides; Blessington lands at ExtraHop; Mixpo bolsters team

Aaron Khoo has joined Redmond online presentation startup 9Slides as director of engineering. Khoo is the former CTO at PaidPunch, and before that held numerous engineering roles at Microsoft, primarily working on Xbox. Khoo holds a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University. “Aaron brings in vast experience working with large companies like Microsoft where he managed… Read More

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Seattle joins federal government open data effort

This week, Seattle took a giant leap toward open data and transparency when it became one of four U.S. cities to join the federal open data portal at As reported by, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and New York now have a great amount of data available for the public, such as fire… Read More


Socrata unveils the new, opening vault on government data

At the Technology Alliance annual luncheon in Seattle earlier this month, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra explained how the open government movement was “collapsing a lot of the complexity” that had previously made federal, state and local collaboration difficult. In particular, Chopra called out the efforts of Seattle startup Socrata, which is helping bring… Read More