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Our guest today is David Kanevsky of 3D Strategic Research. He’s a data-driven strategist with a long career at organizations like the NRSC and the RSLC as well as experience as a campaign manager. David and I recently collaborated on a poll in two Virginia congressional districts to understand the effects of ranked choice voting in primary contests. In our conversation we discuss the poll, what we learned, and more.
Today we’re joined by Jon Black, CEO of Data Trust, the leading provider of voter and electoral data to Republican and conservative campaigns, parties, and advocacy organizations. Prior to taking the helm at Data Trust, Jon worked with the Republican National Committee as a Regional Political Director and Director of Turnout & Targeting. In our conversation, we discuss the unique role Data Trust plays in the GOP ecosystem, the challenges of maintaining a national voter file, and what data he looks to for campaign decision making.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Our guest today is Stephen Rowe, Director of Digital Training at the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is the premier training organization on the Right and Stephen runs their online training. He’s trained more than 18,000 activists both online and off.  In our conversation today, we learn more about LI’s approach to training, why it’s essential for effective operatives to grow their skills, and how to find the right training. The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Alex Niemczewski is the CEO of BallotReady, an online voter guide to local elections. They’re building the infrastructure for voters to be informed in every election that matters to them. BallotReady is venture back and has raised nearly $3 million to date. In our conversation today, we discuss the challenge of collecting election data, how Alex educates investors about the industry, and how BallotReady stays nonpartisan.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Today we’re speaking with Wesley Donehue, founder of Push Digital and the Laurens Group. He works with candidates, political committees, issue advocacy groups, and corporations on crisis communications, brand reputations, and digital strategy. Wesley is the author of the just released book Under Fire: 13 Rules for Surviving Cancel Culture and Other Crises.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Every startup comes with unique challenges, but campaign tech startups must overcome the added difficulty of the politics of politics. We built Startup Caucus to help entrepreneurs overcome these barriers more effectively, efficiently, and affordably to fast-track innovation into the field to help Republicans win more elections. The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Our guest today is Ryan Rodgers, President of the Strategy Group Company, a Columbus, Ohio-based political firm that specializes in media and advertising for political campaigns. They’ve worked for just about everybody. Ryan has a background in campaigns and entrepreneurship. In our conversation we discuss the importance of websites for campaigns, what works, and how campaigns can make better decisions about their online presence. 
Jeremy Becker joins us on the show today. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Cloverleaf AI. Their product helps customers access local government meetings virtually and create actionable insights based on the data collected. In our conversation we discuss why Jeremy chose this space, how the Techstars accelerator helped his company and what has surprised him about the political industry. The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Brad Parscale is our guest today. He’s the founder of Campaign Nucleus, a software platform to help campaigns break down data silos and connect with other apps in the campaign tech ecosystem. He was an integral part of the campaign team that helped Donald Trump win in 2016 and he was campaign manager for the re-election campaign for more than two years. In our conversation today, we discuss the reason campaigns face data silos and why breaking them down is so important, how he's making the switch to building a product business, and what he thinks Republicans need to be doing to be more competitive.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Today we’re joined by Rich Thau, president of Engagious, a leader in dial test focus groups that shape messaging and strategy around corporate and issue advocacy projects. For the last 20 years, Rich has been in the room helping clients test, refine, and improve the content they create to persuade voters, customers, viewers, and even jurors. In our conversation today, we discuss the dial testing process, what swing voters think, and how to ask better questions. The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Our guest today is Kate Faherty, CEO of Empower Strategies which is a recruitment, people operations and organizational effectiveness consulting firm for political firms and organizations. Before starting her own firm, she was head of digital operations for the Republican National Committee during the 2020 election. Just to give you some context, that was a team of 187 employees. In today’s episode we discuss the reasons political operatives aren’t always good managers, what Gen Z expects from a career, and how Kate stays organized.
I recently joined Michael Bossetta on the Social Media & Politics Podcast to discuss Startup Caucus and the role of technology in U.S. politics. The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Our guest today is Jonathan Gallegos, founder of GOP Jobs, a curated job board of the best jobs and freelancers in conservative and right-leaning politics. Before founding GOP Jobs, Jonathan worked in the White House as Director of Digital Content. He has experience from Capitol Hill and corporate America.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Today we’re speaking with Luke Thompson, co-founder of Cerberus Strategies. He’s a political strategist with a deep background in data. Luke has done work for the NRSC, the Jeb Bush Super PAC, and Applecart. In our conversation we dive into his latest campaign in the Ohio GOP Senate primary, how he approaches decision making, and the ways he thinks technology is shifting politics.A mole hunt, a secret website and Peter Thiel's big risk: How J.D. Vance won his primary (Politico.com) @ltthompso (Twitter.com)The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Drew Ryun is the founder and CEO of Campaign Sidekick, a voter contact app used by campaigns across the country to reach voters via phone, at doors, and text messages. Drew has a long history of working in campaigns both as an operative and as an entrepreneur. The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Today we’re joined by Adam Meldrum, President of AdVictory, a political media buying and audience intelligence firm. Adam has worked on a ton of campaigns including Nancy Mace for Congress, Ben Sasse for Senate, Bill Lee for Governor and a number of party committees and PACs. In our conversation we talk about the new technology he’s excited to put to work in campaigns, how he stays at the cutting edge, and how to sell innovation in the Republican party.  The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Our guest today is Alex Isenstadt, National Political Reporter at Politico where he’s been since 2008. His coverage is must-read for anyone following the inner-workings of national politics. On today’s show we discuss how the media interacts with campaigns, how he develops his professional relationships, and what the digital disruption of politics means for media.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Our guest today is Arielle McKenzie, co-founder & CEO of Grasshopper, a startup in the education technology space focused on enrichment for kids that’s backed by Techstars, but before that, Arielle and I worked together on the 2016 Rubio for President Campaign. In our conversation today, we talk about how Arielle’s sojourn through politics prepared her for becoming an entrepreneur and how she’s using those skills to overcome challenges in her current startup.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Today we’re speaking with Michael Kaiser, an expert in cybersecurity and privacy. He’s the President and CEO of Defending Digital Campaigns, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides access to cybersecurity products, software and training to campaigns. We discuss the reasons campaigns are targets for cyber attacks, the unique arrangement that allows DDC to provide these services for free, and how to drive culture changes around technology. The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
Today we’re joined by Steve Johnston, Chief Operating Officer of Flexpoint Media, we recently welcomed Kegan Beran, the co-founder of Flexpoint Media on the show and you can go listen to that episode to learn more about what they’re working on. Steve’s career has taken him from Capitol Hill and Wharton Business School to Google and yCombinator. In our conversation today we learn how those experiences have shaped his perspectives on both business and politics.The Business of Politics Show, hosted by Eric Wilson, is a production of Startup Caucus, an investment fund and incubator for Republican campaign technology.Visit StartupCaucus.com to learn more.
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