When I first came to this country from India to join Microsoft Corporation in 2006, I was struck by the core American belief in the power of two-way communication between lawmakers and constituents. On a basic level, Americans believe in the impact that their voice can have on their leaders in government. That’s a very powerful belief and in stark contrast to other parts of the world. Even in thriving democracies like India, the only form of feedback available to citizens is to vote once every five years. An interactive relationship between people and their representatives is simply not part of the system.
Over the past year, that building block of American democracy has been fortified further. The 2016 election has awoken the drive for civic engagement and activism across the political spectrum. In this moment, we have an opportunity to solidify that drive by making it easier than ever for citizens to decode the black box of Washington and make their voices heard. So we are thrilled to be leading the Seed round of financing for Countable. They are bringing civic engagement into the palms of our hands.