VoteHere – Profile
HQ: Bellevue, WA
Management: CEO has been Jim Adler who has done a respectable job as a spokesperson and publicist for e-voting. He seems otherwise inexperienced. According to the Seattle Business Journal, VoteHere has been subsumed by a parent company called Dategrity. Adler will remain CEO of VoteHere, but Dategrity will be run by Steve Wood, who was one of the first people in the door at Microsoft. Dategrity will broaden the company’s scope to cover data integrity and privacy markets such as identity theft, homeland security, finance and health care.
Investors: In 2005, VoteHere closed $4.2M from Northwest Venture Associates and others. At this point, the Dategrity side of the business has not gone public with its plans.
Business Model: VoteHere sells election audit technology. The company has participated in pioneering digital elections in a number of US states and abroad.
Competitors: Diebold Election Systems.
Dirt: Digital elections are broadly perceived as both inevitable and not ready for prime time. VoteHere has large opportunities, however, the slow pace of elections has meant that VoteHere has not been able to capitalize with big revenue gains. The company has been in business for 6 years and its still feels like its taking its first steps. Still, it is exceptionally well positioned when the market moves.