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Silicon Valley entrepreneurs talk all the time about "disruption," and are looking for new markets to tackle.  Well, government (Federal, State, and Local) is almost a third of the US economy.  And as all of us know, there's a lot that could be improved.  But many people either don't know, or don't care to know, just how big an impact their skills can have when applied to some of the hardest, most interesting problems our society has to offer.

The Code for America Fellowship is an annual program, which sends small startup teams to work with cities for a year on interesting and important problems identified by their host cities. After the Fellowship year, Fellows sometimes go on to continue their work inside government, sometimes they create startups to continue their work, or find other ways to keep after the problem they've got their teeth into.  And sometimes, they go back to work in the commercial world re-energized and more deeply aware of the impact that tech can have on the wider world, and better citizens thereby.

Fellows include programmers, designers, researchers, and project managers - a wide range of skills. Learn more at http://www.codeforamerica.org/about/fellowship/ 

Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds in technology. Some come from large, well-known tech companies or startup environments, while others have experience working in government or social impact organizations. All of our fellows have a creative, entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about the work that they do. All fellows receive a $50K stipend to support their time as a fellow, as well as full benefits and educational loan deferment. 

Here are some of the projects the Fellows have worked on during the past five years:

* "Debugging" SNAP (the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, commonly referred to as Food Stamps) to understand why the application process is so complicated, why so many people fail to complete it, or otherwise fall off the rolls after they apply.

* Building a "Jail Dashboard" to help judges be more aware of overcrowding, and alternatives to incarceration, when sentencing.  We are going deep on how we can improve the criminal justice system.

* Monitoring and measuring blight in cities to help government and citizens figure out what to do to improve their neighborhood.

* Creating new tools for citizen engagement in urban planning.

* Making it easier for cities to respond to public records requests.

The video below gives a quick look at some of the people who've gone through the program before you.

Apply here: codeforamerica.org/apply
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Ready to become a fellow? Applications are open and rolling!
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I totally concur that the Government would benefit greatly with a dose of Silicon Valley style "Disruption". But will they gladly take this needed medicine or fall back to their old Cronyism Corruption ways.
The ghost of JFK  would see both parties in DC as Decrepit, but see Code for America as a proud example of a Glimmer of Hope that our proud nation still possesses !!
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Matt Cutts, for so long the most human face of Google, and a wonderful human being. In the halls at Google I/O.
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Always a pleasure to see you, +Tim O'Reilly . It was nice chatting for a while.
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Brilliant and important! 

"What we have, uniquely in America, is a political class, and an entire political party, devoted to the idea that any money spent on public goods is money misplaced, not because the state goods might not be good but because they would distract us from the larger principle that no ultimate good can be found in the state. Ride a fast train to Washington today and you’ll start thinking about national health insurance tomorrow."
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+John Blossom and you completely missed my point regarding maintenance
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Tim O'Reilly

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A good example of why you can think of edge.org as TED in text form :-)  It's full of brilliant essays and interviews like this.

BTW, if you find this essay interesting, be sure to check out Yuval Noah Hariri's book Sapiens, which is precisely an attempt at this kind of "big history" of our species.  It covers familiar ground, but makes it new.  I knew I had to read it when I saw a review by +daniel kahnemann where he said he'd read it three times, and I have to say that it doesn't disappoint. You can find that here: http://www.amazon.com/Sapiens-Humankind-Yuval-Noah-Harari/dp/0062316095/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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In modern science, and I include the humanities here, science in a German sense of science—rigorous scholarship across all domains—in modern science we've gotten used to the idea that science doesn't offer meaning in the way that institutional religions did in the past. I'm increasingly thinking ...
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The Master in the Art of Living

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

(Often incorrectly attributed to James Michener)

quoteinvestigator.com/2010/08/27/master/

Thanks so much to Giancarlo Gonzalez, who recited this one to me by heart. I will have to add it to my repertoire!


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Lucky man!
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I really like the way +Bryce Roberts explains why he chose the indie.vc companies:

"It’s an experiment. 

"And one rooted in finding, organizing and working with founders who want nothing less than to build large, scalable businesses on their own terms. The diversity of this first group represents fertile soil where we can test and measure for whom this approach works best and for whom what we have to offer doesn’t move the needle."

Very smart.  And having met with the initial group of companies, not just a thoughtful experiment but a really great group of entrepreneurs with interesting businesses!  

It is so important to expand the venture ecosystem beyond the usual suspects and the usual business models. Most of the entrepreneurs in the world, even in tech, don't necessarily fit the overheated Silicon Valley mold.
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.@LaBlogga @OReillyMedia book is the definitive primer on the blockchain & its applications http://goo.gl/e5Nm6O
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My mind flashes back to MSFT's "Longhorn" release - hopefully Blockchain has a better future. It's certainly exciting in its capabilities.
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Good summary of my CxO Talk interview last week, highlighting key points. And of course the entire hour long video is there too, if you have the time.
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This piece by Bill Janeway should be required reading for anyone trying to understand the implications (and the future) of the current Silicon Valley financing bubble. Complex and insightful!
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Bubbles are banal; bubbles are necessary. Bubbles are banal: wherever markets in assets exist, there will be found the persistent recurrence of momentum investing, herding behavior, and prices decoupled from any concern with past, present or prospective cash flows. Bubbles are necessary: they mobilize capital to fund the deployment of [...]
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Lemming syndrome is what we called it 30 years ago.
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I like how Evan thinks. Smart, and with good values.
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like this
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Encourage your local superintendent to get involved!
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My post explaining the in-progress redesign of oreilly.com.
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Some while back, we realized that O'Reilly is really in the education business — very specifically, the self-education and self-improvement business. People read our books, come to our...
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I'd shy away from "self-improvement business" and narrow this to technical skill improvement. Though if you are going to grow all that way, that'd be sweet! (Not that you haven't flirted with those things, but O'Reilly is a technology medium company - don't jump the shark!!!)

A separate business entity would probably be a better fit.
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