LiveStories enables easy data publishing for the world’s largest sector.

The Problem
Governments are legally obligated to communicate data to the public.
Making data accessible, intelligible and engaging is really hard.

The Solution
LiveStories enables government agencies to easily create and communicate engaging data-driven content. We sell directly to departments, bypassing RFPs and long sales cycles.

Become the platform for data-driven decision making and public engagement. US state and local data and communication spending is $42b – most of which goes to consulting companies. There are 19 million US state and local employees who need to use their data to make decisions.

The Fastest & Easier Way to Present Data
The service enables local governments to quickly connect their existing datasets. LiveStories recommends the best visualizations for the data and then enables the quick creation of dashboards. Additional narrative can also be added. Finally all of the content and data is available for download.

Product Demo –

Customer data can be quickly found and used to create stories related to current hot-button issues. The content is delivered via outbound email and phone prospecting. The result is  relatively high conversion to demos and subsequent sign-up.

Growth has been 40%+ per quarter for the last 3 quarters.


Adnan Mahmud (Founder & CEO) – 8 years of big data and 5 years of social innovation experience. Formerly Microsoft.
Eric Dillon (CTO) – 15 year experience building startup and big tech teams at Boeing and Cisco.
Andy Krackov (VP Partnerships & Strategy) – 13 years experience leading public data initiatives.

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Discussion with LiveStories users at Code for America Summit 2015 –


Potential Impact
“In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data” is a phrase famously used by former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. It’s entirely appropriate given that the company that bears his name provides data and analysis for critical financial analysis and decision-making.

Local government increasingly has the datasets, many even available to the public. However, the critical challenge remains – how best to understand and use the data for decision-making?
Additionally, we’re seeing data used in journalism but this remains either the focus on tech startups or larger newspapers like the Economist or NYTimes. We think adding visualizations will help more of the public discover interesting stores.

We believe LiveStories provides an important answer to the question by providing a level of automation to more quickly move from datasets to the charts and narratives that will help to understand what is hidden in the data.

Open Data Players
Firms like Socrata and Accela have been helping local governments to make their data available. The results are large portals listing various datasets that can be viewed or downloaded. At one point, the hope was that this data would find it’s way into apps, but given the very very low app install rates, this no longer a likely use cases.

Taking the additional step to visualize or interpret the data is not easy and this is what LiveStories solves for. Example – . That said, there are already signs that Socrata wants to help with visualization, beginning with the CrimeReports product which is also being bundled with Motorola’s Public Safety Solutions.

Opengov just announced the acquisition of Ontodia, which is focused on data management as well as the construction of data dashboards, including a similar focus on crime reports. They currently serve some of the largest US cities.

Visualization Players
New visualization tools like Tableau seem well positioned to offer something similar for B2G. Ditto for offerings from Microsoft, IBM, et al. How should we be thinking about BI players in general?

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