Who is Zach Green? You shouldn’t care really. I’m not that interesting. I’m building a community called UniteBlue that is pretty cool, you should go check that out.
I grew up in Lexington, MA, the birthplace of freedom! I started my education a few blocks from the White House at George Washington University, and finished with a degree from Brown University. Afterwards, I began programming as a means to travel. I got to see 49 states. I like building things, so I’ve stuck with it.
In 2011, I joined my father’s company at 140dev.com – a Twitter development firm. They build websites and apps. At that time, we decided to do a little politics and started with a neat non-partisan website called 2012twit. Our business was building tools, and we stayed largely neutral on the election. As a result, we had over 1000 press mentions that you can probably find around. We built other apps as appropriate to the marketplace. During the GOP primaries, we built apps and websites that were about the GOP, obviously. That is in no way an indication of support or personal political beliefs, so much as a reflection of external reality and consumer demand. For instance, near the end of 2011 and height of the GOP primaries we built a mobile aggregator that tracked GOP candidates. That wasn’t a political statement, as I personally used it to better mock Michelle Bachmann. After the primaries, we updated the app to track Romney and Obama. Again, not a political statement. Our promotion of this project has since been deleted. That is because it is now two years old and unavailable. We also built individual aggregators for every candidate, and called them 140Bachmann, 140Perry, 140Cain, 140Newt, 140Paul, 140Romney, 140Palin, etc. Again, not a political statement, and none of these folks ever paid us a dime. We also built the platform for the First Presidential Debate on Twitter, called 140townhall. My father took the lead on that, and explains it thoroughly here. Frankly, it shouldn’t be surprising that during the GOP primaries my father’s non-partisan firm built a few apps about the GOP – for a business, that’s called “market demand.” I also developed a Twitter site for SEC Football, even though I don’t like Football much. We built tools to help seniors get medical alerts, even though I’m young. We worked with a communications firm to raise awareness of vaccinations for preteens and another group to build a social network on top of Twitter for college students, even though I’m older than both those target audiences.
In late 2011, I founded 140elect LLC, and we began consulting for political campaigns. After watching the GOP primaries, I decided being a non-partisan observer and developer wasn’t enough. I’m personally further Left than Obama, and once I started my own company I was able to act on those beliefs. If you want evidence of them, check out the last 10,000 tweets from my account @140elect. I still helped 140dev with a few tools, but decided to only consult with folks on the Left, and sometimes Independents who push issues firmly on the Left. We also do some work with advocacy groups especially in health fields. In my free time, I even managed some other accounts like @4more and the parody @MittRMoney which some folks liked. We aren’t a big, scary, shadowy organization here to manipulate Democracy – we’re really just a son and pop business.
After the 2012 election, I decided to put all the time I could spare into UniteBlue. We’ve slowly grown the website and supporting systems for about eight months, and now we are going all-in. Everything has come out of my pocket. UniteBlue began as a free tool offered by 140elect, and it will always be free, but we are going a step further and making it an independent, non-profit entity. We are building the accountability and transparency necessary to build a successful movement over the long-term. See more here.
To be clear, 140elect is a business. Past work in no way reflects my personal political positions, especially as far back as 2011. UniteBlue is a separate partisan and political organization, to which 140elect has given technical support. We are working now to establish UniteBlue as an independent non-profit, and have elected an interim Advisory Board to provide needed oversight, transparency, and accountability. Their first responsibility will be to craft a clear Mission Statement that defines UniteBlue from herein. They also have extensive experience in non-profit political operations, and will guide the transition of UniteBlue to non-profit status in the coming months. We will be working hard to provide all necessary accountability and transparency to make UniteBlue successful over the long term. If you have any questions, just ask.