TechWeek Update-First Street A Company to Watch

TechWeek Update-First Street A Company to Watch

Techweek opened with a bang today with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking to a packed room about the State of  Technology in Chicago. Hosted at the Merchandise Mart, this conference is one of the best I have seen in years. It is packed with speakers from all areas of technology and cities around the world. The next best thing to being there is to read about some of the companies featured here. Also, make sure to check out the job fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 12-5pm, FREE with resume.

There’s so much going on here, it’s difficult to know where to start. The companies represented at this conference have employed some of the most interesting and innovative leaders in the tech space in the world. These people know their sector so well that you just want to work with them. Many of these companies are hiring so make sure to check out the Techweek website for the companies represented, even if you can’t make the job fair.

Today I am featuring First Street which was founded on the vision of John Jenkins, who worked at CQ Press, which was sold to Sage Publications in 2008. Founded in 1965, Sage is one of the most prominent academic and professional publishers in the world.  It is an international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional networks. Privately owned it is thriving with it’s acquisition of CQ Press and the creation of the First Street business unit.

I spoke with Alex Bronstein-Moffly, On-line Content Manager for First Street about the company and what they are doing in the world of technology.  First Street is a political intelligence platform for advocacy professionals that compiles hundreds of thousands of public and proprietary records about current and former Members of Congress and staff to make sense of the maze of connections that influence the legislative process.

This fascinating company focuses on digital content and delivery. It works with CQ Press that specializes in the accumulation of U.S, government, legal affairs, and national and international politics.  According to Alex, the concept for First Street began when the subscribers to the U.S. Government directory began collecting their old directories in an effort to keep track of where all the policy makers where working in government and what type of positions they had in the past.

The bottom line was that with the ever-changing political landscape in Washington, it was difficult to keep track of individuals and to monitor their political policies. This amazing database software is popular with the media, academic community, headhunting firms, and corporations, who need to know the history on the people they hire to lobby, report on, recruit or who to solicit to get things done in Washington. It’s a brilliant concept.

They are looking to hire a Political Data Analyst who has a background in databases and a strong interest in politics and government. For more information on this position contact Steve Stesney at,

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