OpenGov Acquires Peak Democracy


OpenGov, a provider of open data and government cloud services has acquired Berkeley, California-based Peak Democracy. Peak Democracy provides online town hall style forums that government can use to elicit public feedback on issues.

Peak Democracy’s service will become part of OpenGov’s Smart Government Cloud platform. The platform is designed to help state and local governments with information transparency and service delivery. With the online town hall feature from Peak Democracy, OpenGov says it will be able to support participatory budgeting initiatives through its cloud platform.

OpenGov has steadily added features to its cloud platform, both organically and through acquisitions. Most recently, the company launched its “Performance Measures” feature which allows government users to define internal operational success metrics and tracks data toward those milestones. OpenGov’s cloud platform supports internal administration as well as public facing transparency projects.

The acquisition comes shortly after OpenGov closed a $30 million Series C funding round led by Emerson Collective. With its latest funding round, OpenGov has raised $80 million to date.

Peak Democracy is the second acquisition for OpenGov. The company acquired Ontodia, an open data provider in April of last year.