As a new U.S. president begins his term, two start-ups focused on civic engagement are joining forces. Brigade, which lets voters connect with others, has hired Voter co-founder and CEO Hunter Scarborough, whose app matches voters to candidates with similar political stances.
The big decision: Though Voter raised a small seed round in 2016, Scarborough eventually had to either raise more funds or look to sell his company. In the end, he gravitated more toward joining a bigger and established company, he says. Brigade was at the top of his list. (Brigade is backed by early Facebook investor Sean Parker, Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.)