Gandhi famously said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” And Causes is an online platform to help people drive change.
Causes announced today that it is acquiring Votizen, site where people can campaign for candidates and causes they believe.
According to a post on Votizen’s Facebook page, this acquisition will help “improve democracy” by combining Causes’ powerful user base of 153 million people with Votizen’s technology.
Votizen leverages social networks and voting data to create a more connected electorate. Its technology combined a database of public voting records from around the country and connected them to the social graph, creating a visual depiction of each voter’s network. This makes it easier for individuals to band together to affect change.
“By joining with Causes and its nearly 200 million members, Votizen now has the capability effectively reach every voter in America and will greatly increase our ability to surface the latent political influence that exists in our personal relationships,” the founders wrote. “We have made one great jump toward achieving our goal of a more vibrant, effective democracy, and we couldn’t be more excited for the future.”
Since its founding in 2009, Votizens raised a total of $2.25 million from well-known investors like Founders Fund, 500 Startups, Founder Collective, SV Angel, Ashton Kutcher, and Troy Carter. It will shut down its site as part of this deal, as well as destroy all personal data records, including open letters, endorsements, and vote pledges. The founders wrote that while this may seem abrupt, the timing is just right between the end of the election cycle and the start of the legislative cycle.
Causes appeared thanks to founders Sean Parker and Joe Green in 2007 to provide free and simple online tools to raise awareness, find supporters, raise money, and build momentum. Those that want to start a campaign choose from nine templates and customize them for their own needs. In addition to its massive, active user base, Causes has received $16.4 million in venture funding. Read the Facebook post.