About Socrata

The Data Experience Company

Who We Are

Socrata is a privately-held cloud software company headquartered in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square with offices in Washington, D.C. and London. Our core team consists of software engineers, designers, open government advocates, and business professionals who are working hard to unleash the power of data to improve the world.

What We Do

Socrata helps public sector organizations improve transparency, citizen service, and data-driven decision-making. Our user-friendly solutions deliver data to governments trying to reduce costs, to citizens who want to understand how their tax dollars are used, and to civic hackers dedicated to creating new apps and improving services.

What We Offer

Expertise: a commitment to data transparency, data access, and enabling data-driven action

User-Friendly: products that are simple to implement and use

Community: an ecosystem of fellow innovators with which to collaborate, federate data, and build


Our Company Ideology

John Kew Speaks During Weekly Socrata Demo Day

Core Values

  • We value big ideas and creative execution
  • We build open and honest relationships
  • We are results-driven and accountable
  • We celebrate success together
  • We aspire to be remarkable
  • We are openly self-critical

Goals

  • Strive to be the best in the world at making data accessible and useful
  • Share our passion for the potential of open data to improve the world
  • Help create an economic engine via the usage and flow of open data

Mission

Unleash the power of data to improve the world around us


A Brief History

CEO Kevin Merritt founded Socrata in 2007 with the goal of creating a cloud platform that enables public sector organizations to easily manage and share their data. This platform would make the data accessible to anyone with a web connection, while also giving them the power to visualize and analyze the data with ease.

Socrata continues to build on its original concept, offering products that enable researchers, public policy experts, entrepreneurs, and busy citizens alike to better understand and make use of public sector services. It also continues to expand—developing and releasing new services that address key challenges faced by many organizations, such as performance measurement and financial accountability.

Our main office is located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, alongside many other innovative tech companies. Thanks to our lively team and location, Socrata has developed a strong office culture. We have traditions like “Socrata Lunch” on Thursdays, triathlon challenges, and Friday happy hour (complete with Nerf battles). Simply put, we are people who love what we do.

Socrata Demo Day


Our Culture & Team

Socrata’s self-proclaimed “Ginger’s Club”

The weekly “Socrata Lunch” is a time to gather

We like to pinata down

We love pi(e)

Stickers fuel our laptops

Food Trucks

Food Trucks are a staple in the Socratan diet

Socrata Party

We avidly support local breweries

Socrata Christmas

We know how to holiday

Socrata Boating

Sailing on the Sound is a springtime favorite

Socrata Nerf

Engineering’s equipment cache for Friday Nerf battles

Socrata Sounders Game

Sounders games are only a block away

“I chose Socrata because I wanted to work at a startup with a lot of interesting problems. I wanted to work at a dynamic software-as-a-service environment.”

John Kew, Senior Software Engineer

“I love Socrata, the people, our customers, and what we’re working on. It’s particularly great to see the commitment demonstrated by cities working on problems and their willingness to make the supporting data accessible.”

Kellie Fontes, Data Analyst

“Open data has the power to eliminate bad policies, inspire action, and improve people’s lives. Socrata’s team knows this and works hard every day to produce the best software and customer experiences possible.”

Kevin Merritt, Socrata Founder and CEO

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