Collaborative public notice platform
Column's mission is to improve the utility of public interest information and support the distribution of that information by journalists that serve their communities.
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One of the lesser known ways that newspapers generate money is through public notices i.e. legally required government updates on things like municipal budgets, foreclosures, and public meetings. As advertising revenue dwindles, public notices have become critical, particularly for local papers, but the communication lines between publishers and governments have long been fraught with inefficiency.
In a bid to solve this issue, Column offers a collaborative platform for officials to draft, order, and pay for public notices, and for reporters to easily access them. Though only founded in 2020, the startup has made rapid progress, and works with hundreds of papers across the US, including The Washington Post.
Founder Jake Seaton, whose family has run Kansas-based local newspaper The Manhattan Mercury for five generations, was able to tap into his relatives’ network of news media leaders to help launch the company and grow quickly.
The fact that many of this network, including Nancy Gibbs, the faculty director of Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, and David Chavern, CEO of the News Media Alliance, work in an advisory capacity – and in Gibb’s case at board level – suggests that Column could grow into a company of great importance over the next few years.
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Forbes 30 under 30. Former Google Software Engineer. Was on the founding team at Quorum Analytics, a public affairs software platform.
Sarah originally joined the Column team as a remote intern in the Summer of 2020. Two years later, she's been promoted from Associate Product Manager to Product Manager.
Kadé joined as an Implementation Specialist and is now the Team Lead of Customer Implementation overseeing all new customer setups.
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Melissa Theiss (Head of People Operations)
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