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Mike Mathieu (Front Seat)
Developing Markets
Location: Gold Room
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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 Chairman and Founder of Front Seat, a civic software company whose projects include Walk Score, the most popular measure of neighborhood walkability, and ObamaCTO and CountMore, two popular civic engagement web sites.

Prior to Front Seat, Mike spent six years as founder and CEO of All Star Directories, an INC 500-listed publisher of online and career school directories. During the 1990’s, Mike was General Manager of MSN.com at Microsoft, and helped build Microsoft Excel and Word into the leading office applications.

He is a partner and former lead partner in Social Venture Partners a leading venture philanthropy network, and past board president of the Technology Access Foundation . He holds a BA in History of Science from Harvard University.

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Mark J. Levitt
03/12/2009 10:08pm 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 8:08pm 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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