We’re back home from SXSW. It was a a great experience for Votifi in so many ways. We highly recommend startups, founders, creatives and entrepreneurs to make an effort to attend SXSW in the future. We’ve been fortunate to land some good media over the last 10 days and here is a summary of what we got:
March 26, 2012
Election 2012: Politics in a Wireless World, Aasil Ahmad’s interview with GenConnect at SXSWi
March 24, 2012
“Once the People Connect, the Politicians Will Follow”, Lou Aronson’s interview with TechCocktail
“With a more diverse and mobile electorate we found a potential solution in the “disconnect” by using “peer to peer” issue-based connections as a tremendously powerful avenue to bring people together and enable them to form their own political connections.”
March 19, 2012
Fox and Friends interviewwith Lou Aronson
March 14, 2012
Startups Trying to Improve the Political Process, Nicholas Montgomery, Betakit.com
Votifi tries to solve the problem of weighting expert opinions by ranking profiles. “We calibrate profiles based on a variety of explicit an implicit signals – its not just your answer to a single question, but rather your overall participation in the community through polls, discussions and content that builds a nuanced view of an issue,” [Aasil] Ahmad of Votifi said.
March 13, 2012
Grandstand and Votifi are the Buzziest DC Startups at SXSW this year, InTheCapital.com
Which startups caught our eye at SXSW Startup Village?, Rocketlawyer.com
In the age of cell phones and social media, this new company is working to re-invigorate and promote voter engagement. Votifi is a new social media based, political and current events polling and networking engine — a peer-to-peer recommendation engine for political discovery.
March 11, 2012
“South by Southwest has been called the Super Bowl of social media,” said Lou Aronson, the founder of Votifi, a Bethesda, Md., company that distributes targeted political news to subscribers’ smartphones and other mobile devices. Mr. Aronson said he was thunderstruck when he learned he had been invited to take part in the Accelerator event. ”This is where start-up companies like mine go to get discovered,” he said.
“Our technology recognizes that the strength of the American political system lies in diversity of opinion, and that voters’ views are multidimensional and evolve over time. Online competitors tend to reinforce party lines or attempt to create consensus without necessary debate, and traditional political pollsters are finding it increasingly difficult to capture voters’ views in a mobile world. Votifi’s mobile polls and platform capture political views in real-time and make political content more accessible, particularly to those groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the political process.”
February 29, 2012 7 DC Area companies selected for TechCocktail’s SXSW Startup Showcase, IntheCapital.com
February 25, 2012 Votifi headed to SXSWi and TechCocktail Accelerator Competitions, InTheCapital.com
[Lou] Aronson and the team over there sit right at the intersection of politics and technology, a space that DC-area startups need to occupy and occupy dominantly. When we spoke with Aronson today he seemed to share our philosophy that the ‘Age of Big Data’ is upon us, and that the implications are enormous for our political system as well as the companies that can harness and process this information.