Better Ventures Backs NextRequest to Improve Access to Government Records

We are pleased to announce our seed investment in NextRequest, a San Francisco-based "govtech" startup that provides modern, robust, and user-friendly Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records processing software to local government agencies around the US. NextRequest is bringing government into the 21st century by streamlining the process of requesting information - saving time and money - and dramatically improving public access to government records. Govtech has been described as a "$400B market hiding in plain sight" and the industry is poised for breakout growth due in part to increased adoption of cloud computing by government agencies and an influx of younger tech-savvy workers into the sector.

NextRequest is backed by an impressive founding team that met and conceived of the idea for the company after completing a fellowship at Code for America, a non-profit that leverages technology to solve civic challenges. The team boasts a diverse set of complementary skills and includes data scientist Tamara Manik-Perlman (CEO), RISD-trained designer Reed Duecy-Gibbs (Chief Product Officer), experienced technologist Andy Hull (CTO), and web veteran Dan Avery (VP of Product). The company is well on their way to demonstrating strong market demand for their SaaS product, having landed contracts with nearly 30 city and state government agencies including the Port of Seattle, the City of Miami, and the California Public Utility Commission. The company is growing rapidly, and we're excited to dig in and help them achieve their goal of making government records as easy to access as everything else on the web.