OpenGov Co-Founder & CEO Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship

October 20, 2014 – OpenGov


We’re proud to announce our Co-Founder and CEO Zac Bookman has been named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014 at the Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California. Goldman Sachs selected Zac as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event.

“It is such an honor to be included among this group of inspiring and talented entrepreneurs,” Bookman said. “We are offering a new product in a market that has been persistently underserved by technologists. The immense challenge of building a business in this space excites us. It’s the largest and perhaps most important industry, and we’re looking forward to the impact we can have on our country.”

Several years ago, while living in Afghanistan and serving as an Advisor on a Transparency task force, Zac and a group of co-founders started OpenGov, a financial data platform advancing the way state and local governments do business.  By transforming the way budget data is accessed, visualized, and analyzed, OpenGov enables government administrators to make smarter, data-driven decisions and empowers the public with meaningful information about their government’s finances. Today, OpenGov has become a platform for more than 150 governments across 30 states.

Before co-founding OpenGov, Zac served as Advisor to U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster on the Transparency task force at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. He previously practiced trial litigation at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra S. Ikuta on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and studied corruption in Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow.

“We are honored to recognize Zac Bookman as one of the most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2014,” said David Solomon, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs. “This is the third year for the summit and our goal remains the same. We pair seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs — the builders and innovators — from a diverse set of industries to discuss how to make vital, enduring companies that reshape industries and boost the world’s economies through innovation.”

For more than 140 years, Goldman Sachs has been advising and financing entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their businesses. In addition to honoring 100 entrepreneurs, the summit included discussions with seasoned entrepreneurs like Michael Dell, Reed Hastings (Netflix), Kevin Planck (UnderArmour), Aubrey McLendon (Chesapeake Energy), and Sheldon Adelson (the Venetian).

Follow Zac Bookman @ZacBookman

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