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DC Startup POPVOX Gives Citizens A Louder Voice

5:35 PM, Sep 12, 2012   |    comments
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DC; the seat of power and government and now, startups too. The nation's capital has given birth to a new generation of businesses like POPVOX.com, just the kind of startup you'd expect from the region. The business provides a technological solution that let's you tell your elected officials just what you think they should be doing.

Rachna Choudhry founded POPVOX with partner Marci Harris and serves as its Chief Marketing Officer. She says when users are researching legislation "they can see which organizations support it, which organizations oppose it. They they can see what others in their community or others across the country are saying about the bill and then they can write a more informed letter to their member of Congress."

Here's how the system works. You research the issues you care about. Write an informed letter on POPVOX and the service ensures your message is received by your elected official. "In the vast majority of cases, individuals do hear back from their member of Congress. And that's really exciting for that individual who took the time to share their story," says Choudhry.

Choudhry spends a lot of time with her staff in coffee shops such as Filter in Dupont Circle, DC's alternative to Silicon Valley's garage culture. "If I'm working on something and I want to know if it's good or it makes sense, I can just turn to the random person next to me and say, 'Hey, I'll buy you a cup of coffee if you look through this," says Choudhry.

POPVOX is helping make sense of the issues. Part of the reason you DON'T get robocalls on your cell phone? Voters spoke out loudly and in great numbers against the idea on POPVOX. The sponsor then killed his own bill. Technology -- helping government become more transparent and responsive.

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