Does your community vote against its own interests?

by Nikita Bier

Do Americans vote according to their interests? Although the international media has construed us as the most tax-loathing and self-interested electorate in the developed world, our latest research suggests quite the opposite. That is, a policy’s impact on our own wallets seems to be a relatively unimportant criterion of American voters. Today we’re proud to [...]

Politify Election 2012 Launches Today

by Nikita Bier

Five months ago, Jeremy Blalock and I released a prototype for an idea that would disrupt the way Americans learn about politics. It was called Politify Primaries. Within weeks, national media covered our work, we were awarded a number of grants from the University of California & the Sunlight Foundation, and the tool was used [...]

Election 2012 Sources & Methodology

by Nikita Bier

Election 2012 Sources & Methodology A non-partisan methodology is central to Politify’s mission of informing voters. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how we forecast the impact of the 2012 candidate plans. Candidate Information Politify sources candidates’ policy platforms directly from their websites. For our purposes, we focus exclusively on fiscal policies. For Barack Obama, we source his policies from the [...]

Welcome aboard Anirudh!

by Nikita Bier

anirud_todi   Today we’re happy to bring aboard an amazing new member to the Politify team: Anirudh Todi! Anirudh is a software engineering extraordinaire. He previously worked at Facebook in the summer of 2011 and two startups before that. A talented hacker, he won the Facebook Hackathon held at Berkeley as a sophomore and emerged as [...]

Vote for Politify for Big Ideas @ Berkeley!

by Nikita Bier

Today we’re releasing a new video featuring interviews with Emmanuel Saez and Will Glaser. It’s exclusively available through Facebook at the link below. Please vote for it and help us win funding for the summer! Politify: Big Ideas People’s Choice Competition URL: http://vimeo.com/39746449

Announcing Advisors: Will Glaser, Founder of Pandora & Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics

by Nikita Bier

Today we’re proud to announce  that Will Glaser and Emmanuel Saez will be serving as advisors for Politify. This all-star duo will bring us the experience and talent crucial to Politify’s growth. Will Glaser co-founded Pandora Media (NYSE: P) in 2000, where he ran operations and product development as COO and CTO. Prior to that, he [...]

Politify Primaries launches today!

by Nikita Bier

presenting   Today we’re launching our first product: Politify Primaries. We’ve been developing our vision for the last few months and now we’re finally ready to test it out on a wider audience. This version will focus on the candidates for the 2012 presidential election. We went to great lengths to accurately represent each candidate’s policies [...]

Politify Awarded Percy Grant

by Nikita Bier

percy   We’re proud to announce that Politify has been awarded the Charles H. Percy Grant for Public Affairs Research. It’s an honor for us to be part of Senator Percy’s legacy. We would also like to give a special thanks to Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies for nominating us. We will use these funds to [...]

President Yudof Responds to Politify

by Nikita Bier

President Yudof Earlier this week, President of the University of California Mark Yudof responded to Politify’s analysis of tuition hikes from November. Dear Politify: Thank you for sharing your research on tuition and financial aid policies. The Regents have asked me to respond on their behalf and I am pleased to do so. Your observation that tuition [...]

Higher tuition is good for (most) students

by Nikita Bier

occupy In the face of declining state support of higher education, the Regents at the University of California have begun discussions for raising tuition 81% over the next 4 years. Naturally, student activists have started demonstrating across the state. Declaring “we are the 99%,” many of these groups have co-opted the rhetoric heard among the Occupy [...]