Short Description

Billbacker is a crowd funding service that gives donors unprecedented granularity to contribute towards the political legislation they care about most.

Detailed Description

Billbacker is a crowd funding service that gives donors unprecedented granularity to contribute towards the political legislation they care about most. We are built around one idea: while people care about issues, many potential donors don’t like giving to politicians or parties. Billbacker tackles the gap between voter donations and engagement through a crowd-funding model. On each issue, donors can specify a contribution into one of two distinct sides that are used to support or oppose a specific bill. Once the legislative measure is voted on, each pool is divided among the politicians who vote for or against that measure, regardless of their party affiliation, personal views, or past history.

Team

Sophia Cui leads the web design and database architecture. She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and prior to coming to Sloan, worked for 5 years at Microsoft designing and implementing cloud-based web infrastructure.

Xenia Menzies and Caroline Mauldin are focused on developing relationships with political campaign customers. In addition to their MBA studies at MIT Sloan, Xenia is pursuing an MA in Global Governance at BSIA and Caroline is pursuing an MPA at HKS. Both have experience working on national political campaigns and in federal government agencies.

Daipan Lee is responsible for Billbacker business development. An MIT graduate and current Sloan student, he has launched four products into the highly regulated pharmaceutical and chemical industries while working in product development at 3M.