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Quorum
Private
IndustryPublic Affairs
Founded2014; 6 years ago (2014) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
FoundersAlex Wirth and Jonathan Marks
Headquarters
Washington, DC
,
USA
Area served
Worldwide
Services
  • Quorum EU
  • Quorum Federal
  • Quorum Grassroots
  • Quorum States
  • Quorum Local
  • Quorum Stakeholder Engagement
Websitequorum.us

Quorum (also known as Quorum Analytics) is an American multinational software technology company headquartered in Washington DC. Quorum produces an online legislative data analysis and aggregation platform that provides quantitative insights for qualitative policy questions. Quorum was developed for stakeholder engagement, legislative tracking, and grassroots advocacy.[1] The company operates internationally with an office in Brussels, Belgium, and serves cities, counties, and capitols across all 50 US states.

Quorum compiles and aggregates publicly available big data—in the form of bills, amendments, committee documents, floor statements, voting records, social media posts, press releases, email newsletters, and census data—into a single, comprehensive database. The platform then uses quantitative analytics to identify key players in specified legislation.

Quorum has been used to identify who is speaking on a specific issue,[2][3] measure the effectiveness of lawmakers,[4][5] identify connection between representatives,[6][7] identify champions of specific legislation,[8] review congressional records,[9][10] and gauge congressional response to specific issues.[11]

History

Quorum was founded by Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks in 2014 while they were undergraduates at Harvard University.[12] The idea for Quorum was born from a frustrating summer Alex Wirth spent on Capitol Hill attempting to build bipartisan support for a Presidential Youth Council. Wirth saw first hand how challenging it was for advocates and organizations to influence the legislative process. Wirth worked with his college roommate Jonathan Marks to discover how they could use computer science to make the process of influencing legislation easier and more effective. Their initial goal was to see if they could “use computers to figure out which members of Congress know each other and work together based on previous patterns.”[13] 

The beta version of the Quorum platform was built in the Summer of 2014[14] in association with Harvard innovation lab[15] and was financed by a grant from the Harvard Institute of Politics.[16] Quorum earned further funding through the 2014 I3 Harvard College Innovation Challenge McKinley Family Grant for Social Enterprise,[17] the 2014 Harvard Ventures Pitch Competition,[18] the 2015 George Washington University Business Plan Competition,[19] and the 2015 The Queen's Entrepreneurs Competition.[20]

Quorum was publicly launched on January 26, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.[21] In May 2015, the company moved its headquarters to Washington, DC to be closer to its client base.[21] Quorum was named as the number one DC startup-to-watch in 2017 by Technical.ly.[22] In May 2017, Quorum opened an office in Brussels, Belgium, to serve the consultancy market of Europe's regulatory capital.[23]

Business model

Quorum provides their software as a service (SaaS). Clients pay an annual subscription to provide their public affairs or government affairs team(s) access to Quorum software and data.

Further reading

  • IOP Now “Millennial Must-Read: The Future Of Politics: One Line of Code At A Time” by Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks[14]
  • The Washington Post “Who will decide which party controls the House? Whiter, wealthier Americans.” by Amber Phillips[24]
  • DC Inno “Office Envy: Quorum’s Journey from a Harvard Dorm Room to the Nation’s Capital” by Kieran McQuilkin[25]
  • DC Inno “DC Inno’s 25 Under 25” by Kieran McQuilkin[26]
  • WhereNext Magazine “How Big Data Is Changing Corporate Lobbying” by Jeffrey Peters[12]
  • Bloomberg Businessweek “Lobbyists Have a New Secret Weapon” by Alexandra Stratton[27]
  • Axios “Congress' favorite hashtag in 2017: #trumpcare” by Axios Staff[28]
  • The Queen's Entrepreneurs Competition “Quorum: On wading through U.S. politics and winning the QEC 2015” by QEC Staff[20]
  • Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences “The Un-dropouts” by Adam Zewe[29]
  • Technical.ly “Quorum has a new tool to track how much Congress gets done in a week” by Nia Dickens[30]
  • Technical.ly “Quorum goes international with EU expansion” by Zack Seward[23]
  • Technical.ly “Quorum releases new CRM for public affairs teams” by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier[22]
  • Technical.ly “These are the 20 #dctech startups worth watching this year: realLIST 2017” by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier[31]
  • Washingtonian “The Residents in DC’s Nerdiest Group House Want to Shake Up Washington’s Oldest Trade” by Michael J. Gaynor[32]
  • Consumer Technology Association “This Startup Helps Track Everything Happening on Capitol Hill” by Kelsey Pommer[33]
  • DC Inno “Bernie, Cruz Supporters Should Love Quorum Analytics’ New Grassroots Software” by Chris Bing[34]
  • The Huffington Post “This Startup Is Like Google For Congress, And Legislators Love It” by Alexander Howard[35]
  • FedScoop “Upstart big data firm hacking policy and the law” by Greg Otto[13]
  • Technical.ly “Quorum rolls out political analytics system to US statehouses” by Lalita Clozel[36]
  • National Journal “Saying No to the Slog: How Two Harvard Students Changed Lobbying” by National Journal Staff[37]
  • The Washington Post “The ‘Moneyball’ effect on K Street: The influence game gets scientific” by Catherine Ho[38]
  • techPresident “With Quorum, See What (and Who) Makes Congress Tick” by Jessica McKenzie[39]
  • The Harvard Gazette “Making sense of Congress” by Alvin Powell[40]
  • The New Mexican “Startup with New Mexico ties gathers congressional data for clients” by Anne Constable[1]
  • The Washington Post “Start-up Quorum offers insight into lawmakers’ actions, based on metrics” by Catherine Ho[41]
  • DC Inno “Harvard-Founded Startup Quorum Analytics Moving to DC” by Chris Bing[21]
  • Medium “Harvard Ventures: 2014 in Review” by Brian Truong[18]
  • The Harvard Crimson “I3 Innovation Challenge Awards Four $10,000 Prizes” by Francesca Annicchiarico[17]
  • Boston Inno “6 Student Startups Split $50K, Winning Harvard’s Most Competitive I3 Yet” by Lauren Landry[42]

Quorum data cited by the media

  • The Hill “Women, Dems leading sexual harassment discussion in Congress: analysis” by Christina Marcos[2]
  • The Hill “Vulnerable House freshmen passed most bills in decades, analysis finds” by Christina Marcos[5]
  • CyberScoop “This state is becoming America's factory for cybersecurity legislation” by Chris Bing[8]
  • The New York Times “How You Can Measure a Senator as a Presidential Contender” by Alex Thompson[9]
  • Time “How Congress Reacts To Mass Shootings In One Chart” by Michael Sherer[11]
  • Politico “What's next on gun control?” by Cate Martel and Jesse Rifkin[3]
  • Vox “Bipartisan legislation is making a comeback” by Matthew Yglesias[6]
  • CBS “Female senators upending the old boys' club” by CBS News Staff[7]
  • The Hill “Ted Cruz's Senate record by the numbers” by Jonathan Easley[10]
  • Bloomberg Politics “The Numbers Don’t Lie: Women Make More Effective Legislators Than Men” by Emily Greenhouse[4]
  • MSNBC “Female senators perform job better: study” by Rachel Maddow[43]
  • Mashable “Want to end partisan gridlock? Elect more women.” by Rebecca Ruiz[44]

See also

References

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