Gov 2.0 Leadership and Visionary Moves

Well. Here we are.

As of May 24, 2010 – “You2Gov.com, You2Gov.org, You2Gov.net” are all now officially part of the History of the evolution of both the Internet and Government 2.0 The site is still up, and you will notice it up and down over next several weeks. It is not an identity crisis. It is not a retreat. It is a next step as one of the leading Gov 2.0 Companies in the United States.

Yes. It is true.

Being one of the pioneering and visionary Government 2.0 Websites in the United States and helping to unleash the Government 2.0 and Citizen 2.0 Movements is hard work. Along with being one of the principal private companies driving the innovative ideas now percolating through Capitols; State and Local, Federal and International, it is time for us to take a pause.  It is time to breathe.

We have worked tirelessly to build a citizen engagement platform. The Government loves us. The media loves us. But few people take the time to actually make use of these tools as of right now. After two years of providing cutting edge Government 2.0 capabilities – guess what happened? The Government 2.0 Community is growing. Fast. It is growing on Facebook, it is growing on Twitter, it is coming to a locality near you. But NOT necessarily as a platform. It may involve a real fabric of tools and applications; carefully woven together to increase transparency, open our governments to all of us, and stop organized corruption.

Instead of competing in a bloody red ocean over yet-to-be defined profit points – we have  decided to close the platform side of our business while focusing on other areas like further innovation and strategic consulting. Why? There is tremendous competition that is extremely well funded that is now just on the horizon, in those clouds over there. There is also amazing opportunity on the innovation, strategic consulting and multi-media aspects.

You2Gov is not going black.

Just our websites (sometimes) until the next generation of it/them appears.  That might seem counter-intuitive. But we are not focusing on this side of the Gov 2.0 equation anymore. We do have our sights focused on some other pieces that many are yet to be talking about. So instead of focusing our efforts on a platform that is now being replicated by many others in different forms, we will be addressing new areas of the Gov 2.0 and Gov 3.0 space.

Some of our highlights to now:

Being named to PC Magazine’s Best of 2008 List after only two months in existence.

Craig Newmark Taking an Interest in You2Gov’s Mission and following thru.

Rollout of Direct Democracy 3,0

Being Interviewed by Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris (several times, even with kids in tow!)

Creating the groundbreaking (and Taking Lots of Heat for it) GOV20LA

Executing on an incredible Gov20LA 2010. See all the  Long Form Videos Here.

Thanks to all who have in your own way helped to make this early part of You2Gov’s existence be such an exciting ride.

I especially want to note the following: Ralph J. Shapira, Lisa Cohen, Craig Newmark, Lewis Shepherd, Lovisa Williams, Bev Godwin, Naomi Caietti, Debra Bowen, Scott Johnson, my brother, my parents and everyone around us who support what the You2Gov platform is all about.

Sign up on the right over there —– subscribe to this blog, and learn about all of our next moves. Because – there is lots coming down the pike – and sometimes as progress and changes happen, so do unexpected movements. Innovation requires forward thinking and sometimes innovators make moves that are not clearly understood at the time, but reveal themselves as part and parcel of a larger process.

Alan W. Silberberg

Co-Founder, CEO, You2Gov, LLc.

Startup Beat Highlights You2Gov

Political Power for Real People

Political Power for Real People

Startup Beat highlights You2Gov in it’s most recent blog posting which can be found here:

http://www.startupbeat.com

Thanks Brian. Everyone at You2Gov really appreciates this.

Also – You2Gov is undergoing changes related to our growth. So if you see something looking different or not where it used to be, it is due to ongoing enhancements to the site. Additionally, You2Gov will be announcing new features and tools in the next few days, so stay tuned for some very exciting news out of You2Gov.

You2Gov Named One of “The Best Political Web Sites” by PC Magazine

Giving Political Power to Real People

Giving Political Power to Real People

You2Gov.com Named One of ‘The Best Political Web Sites’ by PC Magazine As Record Numbers of Americans Surf the Web for Political News and Campaign Information, PC Magazine Recommends You2Gov.com as One of the ‘The 20 Best Political Web Sites’ to Turn to Heading Into the 2008 Presidential Election

DENVER, Aug 28, 2008 http://www.You2Gov.com - a pioneering political social network that gives political power to real people, was named one of “The 20 Best Political Web Sites” by PC Magazine today. PC Magazine set out to help its readers educate themselves on the 2008 candidates for President by pouring over the “countless resources” on the web. In introducing the article, PC Magazine editor Jennifer DeLeo states, “No one has the time to read all of them, of course, so we hunted down the 20 best political Web sites that cover election news, candidate analyses, current national polls, party ads, speeches, and more.” Of the 20 top political sites, You2Gov.com is the only one that offers users a social networking platform to access news and information, form online communities about the issues they care about, and take action by contacting their representatives in Government. The story is currently featured on the home page of pcmag.com: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2329081,00.asp.

“You2Gov.com takes great pride in putting out the best political content for our users,” said Alan W. Silberberg, co-founder and CEO of You2Gov.com. “Our approach is to provide news and information that the average person needs to be a better informed citizen and allow users to chat and mobilize with other like-minded citizens on You2Gov’s social network platform. The political system is all about social networking in the ‘real world’ and in today’s digital era, You2Gov is able to bring the political process directly to the computer screens of Americans, which will allow more citizens to participate in our democracy.” You2Gov’s non-partisan social network platform provides regular Americans current information about issues they care about. It enables them to start their own interest groups with others who share their concerns and to leverage their collective power to influence federal, state and local governments. By providing simple but powerful tools to make their opinions heard, You2Gov.com puts regular people on an equal footing with big business, their lobbyists and other monied interests who have long dominated governments’ actions. For more information go to http://www.You2Gov.com.