December 16, 2013
At one time, entrepreneur Rachna Choudhry was so green to the entrepreneurial world that she read a how-to-start-your-own-business-book cover to cover in a Starbucks before ever thinking about POPVOX. Ironically, her first lesson — and perhaps the biggest lesson — didn’t even come from that book.
Choudhry realized she had to go out into the community, research a problem she was passionate about, and try to find a solution that fits the needs of various users and customers. And as she identified it, a massive problem was that congressional staffers had no concept of petitions and letters coming out of the grassroots community.
Building a non-partisan, neutral platform that allows individuals to communicate with their members of Congress was easier said than done, though, and she found DC somewhat difficult due to its zero sum attitudes. However, the entrepreneurial community gave her support when she needed it, and success was at the end of her road; the House Democrats adopted her POPVOX API.
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