OpenCounter

Open Counter Enterprises, Inc.

Date Awarded
06/21/13
Grant Period
06/21/13 to 06/21/14
Focus Area
Journalism & Media Innovation
Initiative
Knight News Challenge
Category
Knight Enterprise Fund

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  • Santa Cruz, CA

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Making it easier for residents to register and create new businesses by building open source software that governments can use to simplify the process

While entrepreneurs may have market-moving ideas, very few can expertly navigate the local government permitting process that allows them to open and operate. Whether it’s a startup, boutique or restaurant, OpenCounter helps to simplify this interaction with city government. It collects and sorts data on existing regulations while providing running totals of the costs and time involved in setting up shop. A team of Code for America fellows developed and piloted OpenCounter in Santa Cruz, Calif. during 2012. Knight Foundation funds will support OpenCounter's expansion to new communities, including several 2013 Code for America cities.

OpenCounter was piloted through Code for America’s fellowship with the City of Santa Cruz in 2012.  

 

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Project Team

Peter Koht

Santa Cruz Economic Development Coordinator

Peter Koht, a self-described civics nerd, is an experienced economic development professional who most recently worked for the City of Santa Cruz. Koht worked on a number of issues at the city, including leading a regional broadband policy group, opening up city data and spearheading policy initiatives that lowered administrative barriers to job creation. Previous to his public sector role, he worked in technology and media.

Joel Mahoney is a civic technologist and serial entrepreneur. He was an inaugural fellow at Code for America, and served as a technical advisor to the organization. Before Code for America, Mahoney founded several startups, including an online travel site, a genetics visualization tool and an m-health platform for diabetics. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

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