"The Washington D.C. school district is using the tool to gather feedback from parents on a controversial issue of school closures," Bowden told Bloomberg's Pimm Fox. "Which actually resulted in a reduction of the number of schools that are going to be closed from 20 to 15."
Whether it's a school district in D.C. or a mobilty plan in Los Angeles, the company Wednesday said it's now helping hundreds of civic, education and health care organizations. By year's end, it expects to reach 1,000 customers. It moved one closer today to that goal with the launch of a site in New Zealand.
"Inspire Porirua" is the second overseas site for the three-year-old startup. Late last year, it faciliated a site in Spain. It's also done five sites in Canada and it's currently in discussions to do a site in Mexico.
"Amsterdam, Stockholm, we got one from France," the company's co-founder Nathan Preheim said today in a phone interview, listing off the countries of incoming inquiries for its online community engagement platform. South Africa, Austrialia and the United Kingdom also are among the group.
Preheim sees the international interest as a sign of "great validation," but said expansion abroad also has meant overcoming some unforeseen issues. In Canada, for example, regulations required the company to store its user data at a facility in the country as opposed to using servers in the U.S.
And of course, there's the foreign language to overcome, first for the sites, and then for Bowden's future Spanish television interview.
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