Steven Liss

ABOUT ME

Steven is an entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology and politics. He is the founder of STRATOS.blue, a data company that maps the strength and influence of social ties among voters to guide relational organizing and micro-targeting campaigns.

Steven was cofounder and CTO of Polis Inc., a door-to-door canvassing platform for political campaigns and commercial sales. Polis has knocked over 10 million doors since 2016 and has raised $2.5M from Techstars and other investors.

Prior to Polis, Steven worked in Massachusetts politics as a speechwriter and legislative assistant. Steven studied political economy and computer science at Princeton, and has traveled extensively through Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

My Experience

World travel

2016 - 2019

Spent six months traveling Latin America and improving my Spanish before touring Europe, Africa, Asia. Identified opportunities for technology to improve civic life around the world; picked up SCUBA diving, mountain climbing, and drone photography. Various software projects.

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.