Steven Liss

ABOUT ME

I'm an entrepreneur and software developer working at the intersection of technology and politics. As a founder and CTO, I've built and managed teams to take ideas from inception to market.

After Princeton, I put my political economy degree to logical use in the US and Massachusetts senates as a speechwriter, constituent service aide, and later as a campaign consultant.

Frustrated with the primitive state of tech in politics, I took a software developer job at a Boston startup. In 2015 I returned to politics and founded Polis to provide superior voter targeting and outreach capabilities to campaigns of all sizes.

Polis was backed by Techstars and used by 100+ campaigns and organizations for door-to-door sales and political canvassing in 2016. Thanks to Polis’ success, I’ve been traveling extensively– a journey that’s so far spanned 28 countries, 15 languages, and both Arctic circles.

My Experience

World travel

2016 - 2018

Spent six months traveling Latin America and improving my Spanish before touring Europe. Picked up SCUBA diving, mountain climbing, and drone photography.

Polis

2015 - 2016

Founded a company to automate the voter outreach capabilities of big political campaigns to scale for organizations of all sizes. Joined Techstars accelerator. Reduced campaigns' logistics workload by 10x and helped clients knock over 2 million doors in 2016.

Crowd Comfort

2014 - 2016

Web developer at a Boston-based clean tech startup. Learned commercial software development practices and lessons in entrepreneurship.

Politics

2010 - 2013

Communications, policy research, and constituent service work for Massachusetts politicians in the MA and US senates.

helloworld.cpp

2003

Began programming.