We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Camacho and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
GrassrootsGov is a digital political engagement and activism platform that empowers local communities by connecting civilians, organizations, and legislators in actionable ways. Internet organizing and activism have yet to fulfill their true potential: when people turn to the internet to express their frustration with or support for certain legislation or politicians, they are met with a confusing, ineffective, and piecemeal set of mediums and platforms. By enabling activists and everyday people to engage with their legislators and community organizations in regionally-specific and actionable ways, GrassrootsGov aims to eradicate the feeling of individual powerlessness—the realization that you’re just yelling into a void—that current platforms have left people unable to shake.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Creating and launching a new online platform aiming to reimagine digital activism is an ambitious goal, especially for a bunch of college and high school students building one from the ground up. After months of research, development, user feedback, and iteration, we are thrilled to have launched our beta version (available at grassrootsgov.org; anyone can sign up for free!) last month. We aimed to improve upon the shortfalls of existing mediums for online political engagement: calls and emails to legislators lack public transparency that enables constituents to utilize their strength in numbers, petitions lack regional specificity and actual methods for action and accountability, and social media is often disorganized and unfriendly. GrassrootsGov improves upon the status quo by fusing together the best aspects of each alternative into a seamless one-stop platform for everyday political engagement online.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a big fan of the variety of Asian markets, cafes, and restaurants in the metroplex. After browsing through the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Plano, I’d stop at Sharetea and Bobaland for drinks and head to Luvie’s for great Filipino food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In addition to GrassrootsGov’s awesome product, growth, and engineering teams, I’d like to thank my parents as well as my mentors at my high school alma mater, the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, for all the opportunities for growth and the guidance and support I received along the way.