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This report is a final project for the Harvard Business School course, Launching Technology Ventures (LTV), taught by Professor Jeffrey Bussgang. This project presented an opportunity for teammate Scott Jacobsen, a cross-registrant from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, to collaborate with MIT Sloan School of Management cross-registrant Erica Swallow to research customer interest in his startup idea: A platform for political candidates to promote and raise funds for their campaigns while engaging voters with fresh and educational content about their campaign priorities and goals.
Scott’s background in politics -- as a campaign staffer for competitive U.S. Senate races and a veteran of a national advocacy group in Washington, D.C. -- set him up with a network and mindset to tackle the abyss of civic engagement, specifically at the Congressional level, which Americans seem to have particularly dismal opinions of: Congress currently stands at a 15% approval rating and the 2014 midterm election registered the lowest voter turnout in over 70 years.
With the lessons of LTV, Scott’s political savvy, and Erica’s experience in community management, startup marketing, and product design, the team set out on a mission to understand the platform’s potential user base and validate/invalidate current assumptions about that demographic’s top concerns and needs in regards to political engagement platforms.
The report details the team's analysis, process, and key findings.