Episode 2

Your City Needs a Software Update ft. Zac Bookman, CEO of OpenGov


August 30th, 2019

47 mins 59 secs

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About this Episode

Today's guest is Zac Bookman, the cofounder and CEO of OpenGov, a cloud platform that supports government budgeting, performance, communications, and reporting.

Government accounting probably isn't something that we think about too often. It might not be the flashiest thing in politics, but it's the system that allocates every dollar that goes to roads, schools, and so many everyday interactions with government.

And yet, before platforms like OpenGov, this system managing our taxpayer dollars didn't work so well—government tech lagged decades behind the rest of industry, and there was little competition. To learn more about the problems and solutions, we'll chat about Zac's early career in foreign policy, why bureaucracy seems so slow, and how to foster a culture of genuine civic engagement.

Find us on Twitter @RebuildingGovt and your host @jasminewsun.

Relevant resources:

  • Find Zac on Twitter @ZacBookman
  • OpenGov https://opengov.com
  • The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
  • John Chambers, OpenGov Board of Directors and @JohnTChambers

Rebuilding Government is a podcast in collaboration with UNIT Innovations (@unitinnovations) and Teske Media (@teskemedia).