Introducing Unified

Eager to find a streamlined approach to promoting political and social causes after the 2016 and 2020 elections, Unified Co-Founder and CEO Shion Deysarkar set out to make organizing and activism a more fun, joyful, and community-driven experience. Shion believes that the core source of political power comes from the grassroots community.   “After the 2020 […]

Introducing SpeechifAI

It’s no secret that social media has the power to give people around the world a global voice. However, in our digitally-native society where so much of our communication takes place almost entirely online, it has become increasingly difficult for everyone to find an audience on social media and have a meaningful voice (only 10% […]

Announcing Higher Ground Labs’ Investment in Community

Higher Ground Labs, the leading accelerator and venture fund for Democratic political technology, has invested in Community, an innovative text messaging platform that empowers campaigns, brands, nonprofits, and public figures to authentically connect with their supporters and customers at scale. As the Covid-19 pandemic escalated our collective sense of loneliness and accelerated our shift to […]

Announcing The Good Catch: a security bug bounty program

Higher Ground Labs, in partnership with Trestle Collaborative and Zinc Collective, is excited to announce The Good Catch — a security bug bounty program for 2022 campaigns, and we want YOU to join the effort! In recent years, security has been at the top of mind for political campaigns. We’ve seen a number of targeted […]

2021 Political Tech Landscape Report

This is Higher Ground Labs’ 2021 update to our Political Tech Landscape Report.  This report comes at a challenging time for our democracy. Disinformation, polarization, military aggression, and the enduring pandemic continue to shake the fabric of our civic life.  With this backdrop, our community has swung into action. In 2021, we saw significant activity […]

Announcing our Cohort 5 Companies

2022 is a unique moment for America. Higher Ground Labs is proud to introduce you to ten companies who are ready to meet it.  Our new Cohort 5 founders hail from every region of the US as well as the UK and Europe. They are Forbes 30 Under 30 laureates, serial tech entrepreneurs, top Democratic […]

2022 Tech Stack Samples

The 2022 midterms are shaping up to be another electoral battle for the soul of our nation. With so much at stake, every race in every state matters. Democrats need to run the most strategic, effective campaigns we can to have a chance at keeping our majority. Cutting edge technology can make this possible for […]

What Could Web3 Mean for Progressive Politics?

An interview with HGL Web3 Fellow Russell Mindich  We sat down with HGL’s Web3 Fellow, Russell Mindich, to discuss how emerging technologies and trends in the Web3 space can be applied to the progressive political ecosystem. Why should the progressive political space care about Web3? Throughout the past year, Web3 technologies (Cryptocurrencies, Non-Fungible Tokens, and […]

Responsible for Creating a 2022 Tech Stack? Start here.

Howdy, campaign tech buyer. First of all, congrats! It’s a big deal to be handed the keys to drive a strategic decision for your organization or campaign. You are in charge of selecting the technology your campaign will run on. Your choice will determine your campaign’s data flow, your volunteer experience, your social media presence […]

Web3 Overview: Definitions, and Resources for Continued Learning

This year, HGL committed to diving deeper into Web3. Our goal is to help educate the political technology community about Web3 and start to predict if and how it might change our work in the years to come. We reference this commitment in our 2022 investment theses. As one of the first steps in this […]

Building Campaign Tech for Early Adoption

This blog post was written by Matt Hodges.  Prior to joining Zinc Collective as the Head of Technology, Matt Hodges spent more than ten years blending Technology and Democratic politics. Matt was the Engineering Director for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and built software for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.  Building a political tech startup is uniquely […]