TechCrunch for Accela

November 24, 2015

In 2015, civic technology investment and activity piqued the interest of investors, analysts and app developers as an industry growth segment ripe for disruption and opportunity. A couple of examples: Andreessen Horowitz invested $15 million in OpenGov, which later received an additional $25 million from other investors; Sapphire Ventures invested $30 million in Socrata; and JP Morgan Private Equity invested $143 million in Accela.

Not only have citizens become savvy to how services should be delivered, they are increasingly demanding a consistently convenient, openly transparent view into their local government. Innovators such as Amazon, Facebook and Uber have dramatically changed citizen expectations, and the leaders in government are turning to new civic technology to change the landscape.

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