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Unleashing the power of data to improve the world

Founding of Socrata

Kevin Merritt

Socrata was founded in 2007 by CEO Kevin Merritt. Kevin’s vision for the company was based on the idea that public data made available in the cloud – and thus accessible to anyone with a web connection – would serve researchers, public policy experts, entrepreneurs, and busy citizens to better understand their government services.

“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

Our Company Vision

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

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John Kew

“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, Socrata Senior Software Engineer

What We Offer

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Expertise – a unique focus on data transparency and data access

Ease – products that are simple to implement and use

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

Life at Socrata

Socrata is located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, where you can find a lot of start-ups and fresh tech ideas. We have traditions like Friday Teriyaki, “Work-iversary” chocolate, and Nerf battles between the east and west sides of the office. How do we work together best?

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Engineering Team

  • 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

“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, Socrata Data Analyst

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Explore Our Solutions

Learn more about Socrata products and what they can do to help your organization be more efficient.

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Join the Team

Excited about open data? Ready to get involved? Check out our careers page and apply today.

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Schedule a Meeting

If you’re interested in learning more about Socrata, we’d love to schedule a meeting with you.

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