I’m writing this post in the car while @KurtyD and I take the Great Californian Road Trip up highway 101 to San Jose for the public launch of San Jose 311 – “Mobile City Hall,” which was built by CitySourced.
The event is being dubbed “Download Day” and being sponsored by Councilmember Pete Constant of the first district of San Jose. You may remember Councilmember Constant from TechCrunch who appeared on stage, a swift move that many have credited for our strong finalist showing at the competition.
Download Day, which is being held at the West Valley Community Center, will bring together a wide range of community leaders from civic, non profit, political, college, government, law enforcement and faith-based groups for a brief educational demonstration followed by a public send-off of teams to canvass neighborhoods and report blights in real time. This is just great stuff.
The folks at the City of San Jose have been amazing to work with and I learned why San Jose’s motto is “The Capitol of Silicon Valley;” they really understand and want to work with startups. Getting to know all these city officials during this process has truly put me in awe of how cities operate.
This entire process has been an amazing learning experience. One of the most important things that differentiates startups from their more well established counterparts is the ability to be lean and agile. For us, that means driving from our Intergalactic Headquarters in Los Angeles to San Jose and either crashing on the floor with a friend or—gulp—paying for the Motel 6 Hotel.
So, we’re thrilled to be lighting up our first city, the San Jose Mercury News did a nice write up already and we’re expecting some additional press tomorrow. Looking at the business development pipeline, we’re expecting a lot more cities in the next few months.