If you dream of starting a company and wonder what it’s like running the day-to-day of a business, you've come to the right place. In our series Startup Diaries, we ask new founders to take us to work for a day, and reflect on what they discovered during the process.
Today, we go to work with Jess Riegel, the CEO and co-founder of Motivote, a platform that helps causes, campaigns, and companies mobilize their networks, starting with voting.
Motivote has the power to turn any social network—from a book club to a sports league—into a voting team. For Jess and her co-founder Rachel, it’s all about making the process of getting civically active fun, easy, and social—with accountability for following through. In the face of this global health crisis, many of us have a heightened awareness of how governments and policy affect our lives. Here, Jess gives us a glimpse at what it’s like to run a startup that’s moving the needle on democratic participation.
8:50am -- I intentionally wake up with no time for anything but brushing teeth and making coffee before my 9am call because I’m working from home today.
9:02am -- I am a couple minutes behind from making my coffee. I open up my laptop for a call with our lead engineer and tech advisor to touch base on the new phase of product development we kicked off yesterday.
9:57am -- We wrap up the call and I get ready to hop on with another female founder who I recently met at an event. She knows an investor who she thought would love what we are doing, and said she would try to get it in front of him. She helped me craft an intro blurb. This morning he responded, so we are strategizing about what I write back.
10:31am -- I now have a follow-up call with the CEO of a Millennial-focused employee engagement platform, and he’s pulled in his Head of Product, too.
11:00am -- Next call is with the Chief of Staff and Research Manager at a political research firm that is focused on measuring impact of political programming. I requested the call after meeting the Chief of Staff at an event a few weeks back.