Versa tried to make sense of chaotic comments on news articles with a sponsored comment tool. That tool was designed to help politicians, corporations, and bona fide think-fluencers promote their views with cash.
Change.org declined to share how much it paid for Versa, but told VentureBeat that the company’s team — chief executive Keya Dannenbaum, chief technical officer John Mertens, and chief product officer Manya Scheps — will join Change.org and shutter their existing service.
Versa was once known as ElectNext. Pre-pivot, ElectNext offered a service that helped voters find like-minded politicians. Versa raised a $1.3 million round before the acquisition and was based in Philadelphia and New York.