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Mike Mathieu outlines the emerging civic software movement where tech-savvy heroes leverage rapid development and improving web infrastructure to build projects and services focused on social impact.

Mathieu will show examples of civic software successes from around the world created by both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and will discuss potential software solutions to problems that seem unrelated to software. For example, government corruption, housing the homeless, and halting climate change.

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Mike Mathieu

Front Seat

Mike Mathieu is a serial entrepreneur focused on the power of technology to advance the common good. An active founder, investor, or advisor to dozens of civic, political, and for-profit tech startups, he Co-Founder and former Chair of Walk Score, a founding board member of New Media Ventures (a national network of political-tech investors), a long-time partner in Social Venture Partners (the leading venture philanthropy network), and an investor in Impact Hub Seattle, Fledge, and SVP Fast Pitch.

Prior to Front Seat, Mike was founder and CEO of All Star Directories, an INC 500-listed online marketing company serving the higher education market, and spent a decade at Microsoft where he was General Manager of He holds a BA from Harvard and lives in Seattle with his two daughters. In his spare time Mike enjoys skiing, photography and travel.

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Mark J. Levitt
03/12/2009 3:08pm PDT

@Stephen, the ratings should be enabled on Mike’s session now; thanks for pointing this out.

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Stephen Howard
03/12/2009 1:08pm PDT

Not seeing the rating box for this session? Anyway, lots of great stories of identifying which civic problems can be helped with software. Still curious if there isn’t a way to apply this to smaller cities and communities, but maybe that’s just territory that hasn’t been pioneered yet.

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