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  • 11-Jan-2015

Politi-Score: Vote Smarter


How many of you voted in our recent mid-term elections? Of those that did not, how many of you did not because of a lack of unbiased, understandable information?

If you fall into this category, you are not alone. More than half of polled non-voters refrain from voting because they do not feel sufficiently informed about the candidates, propositions and issues. This lack of information is silencing a huge portion of the population.

We need a channel that will help people obtain information that is relevant to them and their interests. Politi-Score is that channel. Please join the conversation about this innovative new way to empower voters.


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Who is your customer?

Politi-Score's target customers are every voter in the US who feel they do not have adequate access to honest political information when they need to cast their vote. Additionally, Politi-Score will provide services to make it easier for political candidates, elected officials and interest groups to honestly communicate with voters.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

We have unprecedented access to information. But according to Gallop, 60% of us don't trust the information we get from mass media on politics or government.* Most of our "news" sources editorialize their coverage to get better ratings. And fact-checking? Forget about it. Instead, we’re bombarded with political rhetoric, name-calling, and lies from all sides of the political spectrum. Yet every two years, we are asked to vote on a long list of names we don’t recognize and issues about which we know way too little. Politi-Score's goal is to make it easy and simple for users to keep up with the political issues and officials that directly impact their lives so that they can make better political decisions. * Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low, Gallup:

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Politi-Score is a one-stop source for ALL the political information that is relevant to users. Politi-Score not only aggregates all of this information in one place, but also goes one step further. By allowing each user to build a unique profile, Politi-Score provides easy access to the elected officials and laws that impact users specifically. Politi-Score also offers a unique means of quantifying each user's political engagement through a series of questions that gauge his/her knowledge about politics and current political events. These questions are designed to motivate users to use the site to educate themselves on various political topics in order to increase their Politi-Score. This score can then serve as a public or private measure of political engagement for both voters and politicians. Members with higher Politi-Score's will be given opportunities to participate to a greater extent on the site, potentially by creating content, leading forums/chats or by participating in streamed debates. The key elements to this service are (1) ease of use and customization, (2) unbiased information and (3) the unique scoring function that will draws users back to the app again and again and created a curated community of political commentators.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

In order to be successful and transition from an early stage startup to a widely utilized application, Politi-Score will need significant insight into politics and app development, as well as the project management skills to shepherd the concept toward fruition. The members of our team offer the skills necessary to be successful in this endeavor. Politi-Score is the vision of Amit Thakkar. Amit has committed his professional life to politics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management. He spent several years as a political consultant and campaigner at Cerrell Associates and then founded Thakkar Strategic Relations, a consultancy focused on coalition building and strategic messaging. Greg Stratford has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from UCI where he currently pursuing an MBA. He is the founder of JLOOP, a company focused on taking early stage websites through strategy, creative conception, design, and development to launch. Partha Chandrakant is an accomplished engineer in the medical device industry. He is currently completing an MBA at the Merage School of Business with a focus in Finance and Marketing. While Partha's professional background may not lie in politics or software, his prior success in project management will be an invaluable asset to this team.