Feb 7, 2019

Bail app Appolition wants to be acquired

Ina Fried, author of Login

Appolition's Kortney Ziegler (L) and Tiffany Mikell (R). Photo: Diane Poindexter for Appolition

Appolition, an app to help crowdsource bail for those who can't afford it, is looking for someone to acquire the product, according to co-founder Kortney Ziegler.

Why it matters: Many people are stuck in jail pending trials because they can't afford cash bail or a bail bond. Appolition and others are trying to blend technology and crowdsourcing to help address the issue.

What's new: Ziegler, who announced his desire in a Tweet last week, told Axios he believes the app can help more people if it were under the auspices of a larger organization. Appolition currently is a mix of volunteers and part-time staff, when what's really needed is at least 3 people full time, he said.

  • "We have capped onboarding users to manage a few thousand so that we can provide the best experience from our small team," Ziegler said.

Details: Appolition, which keeps 15% of pledges to fund itself, is set up as a public-interest B corporation, so Ziegler is looking for a buyer that aligns with the company's mission.

  • "I know that with the right support in the form of dedicated engineering, product and marketing resources, Appolition could become the ActBlue or GoFundMe for fighting mass incarceration," he said.

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