You’re Invited: “We The Party People”


On Saturday, June 18 we’re going to party like it’s 1899 because way back then, Americans — particularly young people — turned out en masse to march, speechify and vote in raucous, boozy elections. Join Brigade, Brightest Young Things and other great partners at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for “We The Party People,” an after-hours event with cocktails, beats by DJ Biz Markie and special objects out of storage that chronicle our country’s history of civic engagement.


Throughout the night, catch TED-style lightning talks from Jon Grinspan, historian, curator and author of “The Virgin Vote;” Steven Olikara, president of the Millennial Action Project; Jessica Dahl, Director of Impact Partnerships at Brigade and others. Plus, chef Ailsa von Dobeneck will whet your appetite with a cooking demo titled: “The Plate of the Union: Curious Favorites of Presidents Past.”

Much more information is available here. We hope to see you for a night at the museum!

A Day in the Life of a Brigade Employee

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at Brigade? Career intelligence website asked and our Director of Engineering Emily Leathers answered! Check out their Q&A, “A Day in the Life of a Brigade Employee,” and see what jobs we have available at

IMG_2284.jpgA Day in the Life of a Brigade Employee
by Kristina Rudic | May 18, 2016

Voting: it’s something we’ve heard a lot about recently. The most recent presidential election has been fueled by both presidential candidates’ comments as well as voters’ on a multitude of social media outlets, and Brigade is taking a note of that. As the world’s first voter network, Brigade’s primary focus is convincing the oversharing generation that sharing their political views might actually have an impact on those around them and could bring them together to enact change. It’s the strongest case for democracy an app has made in recent years.

The founders of Brigade have found a way to track your political preferences, and their main attempt is to engage you in conversation with others about them. For millennials who are constantly attached to their phone, it doesn’t sound like a challenge – although getting them to share their political views publicly is.

For those already verbal about their stances, Twitter or Facebook is where they typically go, and where the audience is not just vast, but sometimes disinterested and hostile. On Brigade, the agenda is to share and debate rather than rant and attack. Once on the app, you can take a stance on anything from guns to food and agriculture by agreeing or disagreeing with statements made in each category. The more you answer, the more engaged you become and it becomes easier to identify with other users, who are not separated with the typical labels of Republican, Democrat or Independent.

By engaging with one another, users are actively creating groups, which CEO Matt Mahan hopes will bring people to “voice their opinions and take action with others” which, in turn, will connect them with “officials who can do something about it.” I’d say that’s democracy to a tee.

We got an inside look at what it’s like to be behind the scenes at Brigade. Here is the day of one of their engineering leads, Emily.


Recap: “California Counts” Town Hall

What will it take to get Californians to the polls for the state’s June 7 primary election and will they turn up for the general election in November? That question and many others were addressed by an expert panel at KQED and KPCC’s “California Counts Town Hall” on May 17. Brigade was thrilled to serve as an Outreach Partner for the event, which was broadcast on California public radio stations statewide later in the week.

Photo Credit: KQED

The town hall was moderated by Larry Mantle, host of KPCC’s AirTalk, and Scott Shafer, senior editor of KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk. Panelists included Mark DiCamillo, Director of the Field Poll; Lisa Garcia Bedolla, University of California, Berkeley; Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman; and Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project.

If you missed the event, you can listen to it here:


Join us at KQED’s “California Counts” Town Hall

original-Cropped-1920x1080What will California’s role be in the primary and general elections for president? What are the issues and races that matter most to California voters? Brigade is proud to serve as Outreach Partner for “California Counts Town Hall: Our State’s Role in the 2016 Election,” a panel discussion with political analysts and insiders moderated by Larry Mantle (KPCC’s “AirTalk”) and Scott Shafer (KQED’s”The California Report”). The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at San Francisco’s historic Brava Theater (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).


Speakers include:

  • Mark DiCamillo, Director of the FIeld Poll
  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla, University of California, Berkeley
  • Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman
  • Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project

The event is part of California Counts, a collaboration among KPCC, KQED, KPBS and Capital Public Radio to report on the 2016 election season. Stop by KQED’s mobile recording booth before or after the town hall to share your election-related thoughts and continue the conversation on and on our iOS and Android apps.

Super (Duper) Tuesday

Super Tuesday was the biggest day of voting in the United States until November’s general election and we invited Bay Area political junkies, including some local members of our Brigade community, to watch the returns come with us.

supertueswatchpartyThe San Francisco Business Times aptly described our lively watch party in an article published the next day. Here’s an excerpt:

Apathy, ignorance and cynicism are stereotypical of the American electorate, which votes at some of the lowest rates in the developed world. But those stereotypes are nowhere to be found at the offices of Brigade, the San Francisco-based startup aiming to simplify civic life through technology.

At a Super Tuesday party hosted at Brigade’s SOMA offices, a packed roomful of mostly millennial-aged partygoers mingled, snacked and watched a large-screen display of Donald Trump’s victory speech following his sweep of several states.

Against a backdrop of laughter, jeers and animated debate around the presumptive Republican nominee – attendees included Capitol Hill transplants, political operatives and techies from the likes of Uber, Airbnb and Twitter – Brigade founders James Windon and Matt Mahan are confident that the engagement in the room will prove infectious.

If you’re a San Francisco Business Times subscriber, you can read the full story here.

Business Insider: 25 Hottest SF Startups

Business Insider recently polled technology industry insiders, venture capitalists and startup founders to arrive at their “25 Hottest San Francisco Startups to Watch in 2016” list and we’re honored to have made the cut. Brigade’s in good company alongside AltSchool, Medium, Postmates, Product Hunt, Slack and Shyp to name a few.

Here’s what BI had to say about us:

Brigade2“It’s an election year, and Brigade is facing its make-or-break moment. In a bold attempt to try to engage a millennial class in politics, Brigade turns political discussions into an app. Instead of un-friending your high-school classmates on Facebook because of their political viewpoints, Brigade tries to identify friends or neighbors that you’re most similar to so you can team up to sign petitions or champion causes you are passionate about.

It’s earned the nickname ‘a Tinder for politics.’ But Brigade wants to do more than have its users hit agree or disagree on important issues. The company used interactive voting guides to draw millennials into local politics. Its users’ opinions on a local San Francisco election accurately reflected — with one exception — how the voter base ended up voting in the polls.”

Check out the entire “25 Hottest San Francisco Startups to Watch in 2016” here.

New Features for iOS & Android Users

Exciting news! You can now incorporate web content (like articles, images and videos) when leaving reasons to support your opinions on Brigade for iOS and Android. Just copy and paste a link and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ve also added the ability for users to create or join a discussion on a given topic. Click “comment” underneath a reason to get the conversation started!


Download the latest version of Brigade from the App Store or Google Play and give our new features a spin. We’re eager to get your feedback!