Success Stories

Conor White Sullivan

Team Localocracy

Competed in the 2009/10 & 2008/09 UMass IC

Localocracy is an online platform designed to help citizens learn about local issues, make decisions and have an impact on their government. Only registered voters, using real names, can weigh in on issues. In the summer of 2010, Localocracy was recognized as one of Mass High Tech's "Startup Watch: Five you should follow" companies. In October 2011, the company was acquired by The Huffington Post Media Group. An online report has pegged the deal as being worth under $1 million.

Founders Conor White-Sullivan, CEO, and Aaron Soules, CTO, joined New York-based The Huffington Post Media Group. Conor White-Sullivan is currently Director of HuffPost Labsat at AOL where he is "leading new product development with a focus on increasing user engagement and action...inventing the future of news." He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011 and listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Media 2011.