Kevin Merritt is the founder and CEO of Socrata, an Open Data pioneer that develops and operates the Socrata Social Data Platform. Socrata's platform enables government organizations, nonprofits, and businesses to share data in the most engaging ways.
Before Socrata, Kevin founded MessageRite, a Web-based email archiving software developer and service provider. In 2004, FrontBridge Technologies acquired MessageRite, where Kevin functioned as CTO. In 2005, Microsoft acquired FrontBridge. At Microsoft, Kevin served as software architect and director of operations. At heart, Kevin is a software entrepreneur with a passion for and focus on making customers elated by delivering great software as a service. You can read and subscribe to No Wiggle Room, Kevin's personal blog on entrepreneurship, technology, and startups.
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