Unleashing the Power of Government Data to Improve Society
Who We Are
Socrata is a privately-held cloud software company headquartered in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square with offices in Washington, D.C. and London. Our core team consists of software engineers, designers, open government advocates, and business professionals who are working hard to unleash the power of data to transform the world.
What We Do
Socrata is the global leader in software solutions that are designed exclusively for digital government. Socrata’s cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, supported by the Socrata Open Data Network and Socrata Partner Ecosystem, deliver unprecedented data-driven innovation and cost-savings for hundreds of public sector leaders and millions of their constituents around the world.
What We Offer
- Expertise: a commitment to data transparency, data access, and enabling data-driven action
- User-Friendly Products: that are simple to implement and use
- Community: an ecosystem of fellow innovators with which to collaborate, federate data, and build
Our Leadership Team
Are you curious about all of the ways that open data can make the world a better place? Talk to Saf. An enthusiastic proponent of Socrata’s visionary customers, Safouen (Saf) has 17 years of technology product management and marketing experience in the enterprise software, internet services and communications industries. He served most recently as Marketing Director at Canadian telecommunications company, TELUS, leading the successful market introduction of cloud-based customer experience solutions that achieved 300 percent revenue growth over two years. Prior to working at TELUS, Saf was Director of eBusiness at customer relationship management software company Pivotal, which reached $65 million in revenue in five years and was acquired by CDC Software in 2003. Saf holds an executive MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Jackie joins Socrata with over 18 years in the High Tech Industry as a change agent for building high performing customer success models. It is her passion for building a company wide customer centric approach to her client’s business models that has them raving about their results. She is an author, speaker, and executive coach with a background that includes some of the top software companies such as Hyperion, Cognos, Ascential, IBM, and WorkFront. Jackie’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in International Business at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an Executive MBA from San Diego State University. Outside of the business world, Jackie has a passion for horses and competes regularly in dressage. She also enjoys hiking, skiing and body surfing with her family.
Bill joined Socrata in 2016 after a 20-year career that uniquely includes both government service and an accomplished sales leader for some of the worlds most successful market leading technology companies. Most recently he led Splunk’s worldwide government business. Prior to Splunk Bill was Vice President of Public Sector Sales for Endeca (now Oracle), FileNet now (IBM) and Kofax (now Lexmark). Prior to his sales leadership roles; he led award winning eGovernment programs for the City of San Diego and the City/County of San Francisco both as a city employee and as a General Manager with NICUSA; a leader in eGovernment portals. Prior to being a part of the eGovernment movement; Bill learned the operations of an urban city as the right hand/Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Independence Ohio. Early in his career; Bill successfully ran high profile Ohio Congressional and State Senate campaigns as well as serving as District Director and Press Secretary for two U.S. Congressmen.
Deep Dhillon is an accomplished technologist with over 18 years of experience conceptualizing, architecting, and deploying multiple advanced networking applications. He specializes in leading startups and growing companies by developing their data science, distributed computing, and search capabilities. Before joining Socrata, Deep served as a technology executive for companies such as Alliance Health Network, Evri, Insightful Corporation (now Tibco), and Cantametrix (now Sony). He earned his Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and holds several patents in natural language processing, search, and music analysis technologies.
Kevin founded Socrata because he recognized that the massive amounts of data in the world could be put to use in people’s everyday lives to make them better. Kevin had previous successes as an entrepreneur. In 2002 Kevin founded MessageRite, which developed and provided a web-based email archiving service. In 2004, FrontBridge Technologies acquired MessageRite where Kevin functioned as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In 2005, Microsoft acquired FrontBridge. At Microsoft Kevin served as Software Architect and Director of Operations before leaving to found Socrata in 2007. At heart, Kevin is a software entrepreneur with a passion for making customers elated by delivering great software as a service.
Bill joins Socrata with over 25 years of sales management experience in technology and SaaS companies. Blending start-up and big company, entrepreneur and enterprise, Bill offers a unique perspective on building and accelerating sales organizations. Prior to joining the Seattle start-up scene, Bill served multiple leadership roles at Dell Computer including VP Enterprise Sales and Director of Inside Sales. Before joining Dell, Bill worked in various management capacities at Apple Computer. Bill holds a master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, College of Business Management.
Robin is an entrepreneur at heart, with Socrata being the 6th startup in which she’s played a leadership role. At Socrata, Robin leads the marketing team, and managing & expanding the ecosystem of strategic partners and channels that grow the breadth and reach of Socrata’s offerings. She has extensive experience in GIS, telecom, SaaS, software developer, and semiconductor industries, including expertise in IP licensing, partnership negotiation, strategic planning, product marketing, project management, M&A and venture capital investment. Robin holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She currently serves on the board of directors for TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Oregon, and can often be found running and biking on Pacific Northwest trails.
Dan brings over 20 years of experience in finance, including responsibility for all aspects of finance and HR, such as treasury, financial reporting, planning and analysis, legal and risk mitigation. Dan has extensive experience with both early-stage and established companies across multiple industries, including software, financial services, retail and hospitality. Before joining Socrata, Dan was the Senior Finance Leader at Hubspan, which was acquired by Liaison Technologies in 2012. Prior to Hubspan, Dan held management positions at Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), Safeco, and ITT Sheraton, including a stint overseas. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a BS in Accounting from Boston College.
James leads Socrata’s efforts to attract the most capable and passionate employees; retain them; train and develop them; create opportunities for them to grow their careers; and provide the organizational structure, culture and environment that empowers them to excel and do their career’s most rewarding and meaningful work.
- Susan Carstensen
Susan Carstensen is a longtime leader and visionary for successful SaaS companies, including AtTask and Live Office (sold to Symantec). As a member of Socrata’s board she provides guidance on growing and scaling as quickly as possible. Formerly, Susan was Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at RightNow Technologies, one of the original SaaS companies. Susan took RightNow Technologies from the start-up phase through two rounds of venture funding with Greylock and Summit Partners. She then helped manage RightNow’s public offering with Morgan Stanley, TWP, Deutsche Bank, and DA Davidson. Susan was also instrumental in the eventual $1.5 billion sale of RightNow to Oracle in 2012.
- Scott Darling
Scott Darling is President of EMC’s Corporate Development & Venture Capital. He is responsible for 25 investment professionals who handle the EMC Federation’s corporate development and venture capital investment function. Prior to EMC, Scott was a General Partner at Frazier Technology Ventures. Before that, he was Vice President and Managing Director at Intel Capital. During his tenure at Intel Capital, Scott managed the teams responsible for investing in support of the business units responsible for more than two-thirds of Intel’s revenue. During Scott’s years at Intel and prior to joining Intel Capital in 2000, he was the general manager for several business units including the Internet Media Services Division and the Personal Conferencing Division, as well as the marketing director for the OEM Computer Systems Division. Before Intel, Scott worked in product marketing at Apple Computer and at two early PC industry start-ups. Scott received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1988. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1981, where he studied economics and computer science.
- Scott Maxwell
Scott is the Senior Managing Director and Founder of OpenView Venture Partners. Scott seeks out companies that have the aspiration of becoming unique and dominant in their product market and, post investment, works hard to help those companies realize their vision. He has a special interest in businesses that are addressing the next generation of technology, including SAAS, Cloud computing, mobile platforms, storage, networking, IT tools, and development tools. Scott has been a Venture Capitalist since 2000, first as a senior Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, and then as the founder of OpenView Venture Partners in 2006. Scott graduated from M.I.T. with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management from the M.I.T. Sloan MBA program. He also has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
- Bob Runge
Bob is an accomplished technology strategist and marketer with more than 25 years of experience as a leader in the technology industry. In addition to successful tenures with Oracle and Sybase, Bob served as chief marketing officer for content management pioneer BroadVision and as chief marketing officer for CRM innovator Pivotal Software. At Revenue Science (now Audience Science), Bob helped chart the company’s successful course as chief strategy officer. Bob holds an MBA from the University of Illinois. He also earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois where he studied fine arts and Germanic languages.
- Bill Bryant
Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in over 20 leading software and Internet companies, serving in a variety of capacities, including founder, senior executive, investor and board member. Bill is a board member of ACL, a worldwide market leader in risk management and compliance software and Pluggd, a startup that is revolutionizing audio and video media search. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Medio Systems, Boopsie, Cascadia Capital, Sensors in Motion, Limeade, and Mixxer. Bill is a former partner of Atlas Ventures, where he originated their investment in Isilon Systems. Prior to Atlas, Bill co-founded Qpass and served as its CEO and chairman. He also co-founded and served as president of Netbot, which built Jango, the first comparison shopping agent for the Internet. In the early 90s, he was the founding vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Visio Corporation (now part of Microsoft). Since that time, Bill has consulted extensively with Microsoft, Real Networks, Getty Images and Corbis, and has helped a half dozen startups reach liquidity. Bill is a popular speaker in the Northwest on technology, venture capital, entrepreneurship and startup topics. He received a B.A. in European History, an M.B.A., and his Ph.D. Candidacy in Business Strategy, all from the University of Washington. He holds a patent for an electronic commerce network. Bill is a venture partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
- Francois Steiger
François Steiger is a distinguished entrepreneurial leader in the global software and information and communications markets. As a member of the Advisory Board, François’ main focus is to help Socrata accelerate its international growth as it drives open data adoption around the world. Before his appointment to Socrata’s Advisory Board, François served as CEO of Intentional Software’s international business, and in senior leadership positions for the international operations of VeriSign, Oracle and BroadVision. He was also a venture capital partner at Amadeus Capital in London. He is now an angel investor in promising startups and sits on several executive and advisory boards, including Typesafe and BroadVision. François will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.
- David Eaves
David Eaves advises governments on open government and open data, and businesses and nonprofits on open source strategies and community management. He was an affiliate with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he analyzed issues surrounding the politics of data, as well as how negotiation theory can help improve online community management. In 2009, Eaves served as an adviser to the Office of the Mayor of Vancouver on Open Government and Open Data. David is also a Co-Founder of ReCollect Systems, a technology company specializing in digital solutions for the waste management sector. He also writes on open innovation, public policy, public service sector renewal, open source, and network systems.
- Jai Das
Jai is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures and looks for startups developing ground-breaking products and services in the United States and in India. His primary focus is in the areas of software defined infrastructure, cloud and mobile computing, smart machines, IoT and pervasive analytics. Jai has more than 15 years of experience helping companies innovate their product and marketing strategies in order to scale and become market leaders. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures in 2006, Jai worked at Intel Capital, Agilent Ventures (formerly Hewlett Packard) and MVC Capital (a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate). He began his career as a software engineer at Oracle and then moved into product management. Jai has a BS in electrical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he received the George Hay Brown Prize for academic excellence.
Brett Goldstein is a managing partner for Chicago-based Ekistic Ventures, cultivating a portfolio of companies that bring disruptive approaches to critical urban problems. Ekistic Ventures works with startups, established companies, and independent entrepreneurs who are making cities smarter while creating new value for taxpayers, governments, and investors.
A government studies major in college who taught himself to code in his spare time, Brett began his career as an early employee of OpenTable, where he helped scale the company’s technical and business operations from a small startup to a multinational enterprise over seven years. Brett returned to his public sector interests in 2006 when he joined the Chicago Police Department, graduating at the top of his Police Academy class. After a year as a beat cop in the 11th district, he founded and eventually commanded the department’s Predictive Analytics Group, a team that used advanced analytics to enhance police efforts.
In 2011, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Brett as the first-ever municipal Chief Data Officer. As CDO and later CIO, he established one of the nation’s leading open data efforts and overhauled the city’s technology infrastructure to reflect the needs of the 21st century government. He also created WindyGrid, a situational awareness and analytics platform that was first used during the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit and later adapted to support improved service delivery citywide.
In 2013, Brett curated and edited Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, and anthology on the potential of open data to reshape the relationship between residents and government. Brett was also featured in a chapter of The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett (2015), which discusses Brett’s work with the Chicago Police Department to reduce crime and murder rates.
In addition to his work with Ekistic Ventures, Brett serves as a Senior Fellow and Special Advisor for Urban Science at the University of Chicago. He advises governments, universities, and major corporations around the world on how to use data to better understand urban ecosystems.
David Spielfogel serves as co-founder and Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures, a group of urban problem-solvers who are actively cultivating a portfolio of disruptive companies that bring new solutions to critical urban problems. He brings nearly two decades of experience at the highest levels of local government, political campaigns and philanthropy with a focus on setting the short- and long-term strategies to guide good ideas to implementation.
Until early 2016, David served as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In that role he oversaw long-term planning and the implementation and communication of the Mayor’s priority initiatives. He served in the same capacity on the Mayor’s successful 2015 re-election campaign, and as Director of the Chicago 2011 Transition Project after directing policy and research for the Mayor’s initial 2011 campaign.
Previously, Spielfogel served as Chief of Staff at the MacArthur Foundation where he worked on special projects that cut across the foundation’s domestic and international programs, as deputy policy director for Barack Obama’s senate campaign, as policy director for the Senate bid of Alexi Giannoulias, and in the Clinton White House as the Special Assistant for Policy to the President’s senior adviser on energy and environmental issues.
Spielfogel earned his M.S. in International Development Management from the London School of Economics, and his B.S. from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources.
Sapphire Ventures is focused on helping today’s most innovative technology companies become global category-defining leaders. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience and an extensive global enterprise network, Sapphire Ventures invests capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. Whether entrepreneurs sell to businesses, consumers or both, Sapphire Ventures offers a powerful platform for business development and operational excellence to help them accelerate growth. With $1.4 billion under active management via direct growth investments and an early-stage fund of funds strategy, Sapphire Ventures is uniquely positioned to elevate companies to the global stage.
Morgenthaler Ventures has worked with outstanding entrepreneurs to build valuable companies for more than 40 years. Morgenthaler Venture’s capital team focuses its investments in two areas: life sciences and information technology. Among the many Morgenthaler-funded companies that have gone public or were acquired are: Apple, Atria, Brion, Illustra Technologies, Microchip, New Focus, NexTag, NEXTEL, Nuance Communications, Peregrine Semiconductor, Premisys, Siri, Synopsys and VeriFone. Morgenthaler Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.
Frazier Technology Ventures
Frazier Technology Ventures (FTV) is a Seattle-based, early-stage venture capital firm focused on investments in wireless, internet service, software, and communications companies. FTV helps entrepreneurs build category defining companies by applying their executive operating backgrounds from companies like C-Cube, EdMark, LSILogic, Metapath, Microsoft, RealNetworks, and Visio. FTV is focused primarily on investments in the greater Pacific Northwest. Together with Frazier Healthcare, the two fund groups comprise the Pacific Northwest’s largest venture franchise.
OpenView Venture Partners
OpenView Venture Partners is an expansion-stage venture capital fund based in Boston that is focused on high-growth software, Internet, and technology-enabled companies. Through its staff of seasoned operating executives, who collectively bring several decades of technology and management experience to the firm, OpenView is able to help portfolio companies quickly optimize their product, go-to-market, and organizational and operational functions. Founded in 2006, the firm invests globally and has approximately $440 million in total capital under management.
A Brief History
CEO Kevin Merritt founded Socrata in 2007 with the goal of creating a cloud platform that enables public sector organizations to easily manage and share their data. This platform would make the data accessible to anyone with a web connection, while also giving them the power to visualize and analyze the data with ease.
Socrata continues to build on its original concept, offering products that enable researchers, public policy experts, entrepreneurs, and busy citizens alike to better understand and make use of public sector services. It also continues to expand—developing and releasing new services that address key challenges faced by many organizations, such as performance measurement and financial accountability.
Our main office is located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, alongside many other innovative tech companies. Thanks to our lively team and location, Socrata has developed a strong office culture. We have traditions like “Socrata Lunch” on Thursdays, triathlon challenges, and Friday happy hour (complete with Nerf battles). Simply put, we are people who love what we do.