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September 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM

WSJ calls out Socrata, IdeaScale for federal contracting

Seattle startups Socrata and IdeaScale were called out in a WSJ story about Web ventures’ newfound interest in federal contracting, and the government’s growing interest in their Web services.

The story mentions the government making its pitch to Silicon Valley, but two of the companies it cites as examples are in Seattle and the third is in St. Paul, Minn. Socrata offers an online database and IdeaScale is a crowdsourcing/survey service developed by Survey Analytics.

An excerpt:

Up until this year, most tech start-ups avoided the public sector because of long sales cycles that make it difficult to get paid. But a new federal push to make government more transparent is causing a noticeable uptick in business for some young start-ups in the data-sharing business.

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