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GovLoop Sold and its Founder Will Leave Gov't

By Ed O'Keefe, a provider of e-mail and Web services to local, state and federal government agencies, will buy social networking site -- often described as "Facebook for Feds."

Steve Ressler founder Steve Ressler

The site launched in May 2008 and has roughly 20,000 members, mostly public sector employees in the U.S. and Europe. Founder Steve Ressler, an IT program manager with the Department of Homeland Security, credits the site with becoming a daily tool for government employees looking to swap ideas and get advice and solutions to their work problems. It has also quickly emerged as a central meeting point for government employees and techies interested in the fast-growing Gov 2.0 movement.

Ressler and GovDelivery CEO Scott Burns announced the deal on Monday. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but as part of the deal Ressler will leave his "9 to 5" job with Homeland Security and focus full-time on what he describes as his "5 to 9" job.

"I'm making this move because I think this allows me to take GovLoop to the next level to improve government at an even grander scale," he said in an e-mail to The Eye.

"As a third generation public servant, this really excites me about the ability to improve government at such a grand scale. Public service is my passion and I'm passionate about improving government service and I think by focusing full-time on GovLoop I'll be able to do it."

The site's fast growth has meant more questions and potential opportunities presented by users.

"As it was scaling I wasn't able to give it the resources it truly needs to take it to the next level to improve government," Ressler said in his e-mail.

The site will begin organizing more in-person member meetups and launch a charitable fund to promote philanthropic activities already started by GovLoop members.

GovDelivery provides e-mail and Web site support services -- or "government-to-citizen communication solutions" -- to more than 300 local, state, federal and British government agencies, including the Washington, D.C. government, the British Parliament and the CDC.

The agencies use GovDelivery software and support to send e-mail or text alerts to citizens that subscribe to such services. The company has helped send more than 2 billion such messages, roughly 1 billion of them in just the last seven months, according to a company release.

Burns and his staff discovered that between 15 and 30 percent of the 10 million people who have signed up for alerts from its government clients are government employees, Ressler said. The new partnership will allow the combined companies to not only reach citizens, but help government agencies swap and ideas and best practices.

"For example, we can create a premium H1N1 group on GovLoop find all the .govs signed up for H1N1 alerts on GovDelivery and create a robust discussion with community moderation, reporting and metrics," Ressler said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2009; 9:23 AM ET
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Here is a tool to calculate a website value(Calculated GovLoop value too):

Posted by: karlito1 | September 28, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Just wanted to say congratulations to Steve Ressler and to the GovLoop community at large. The move will provide some much-needed full-time attention to the site, content structure and new features, all which will benefit community members. GovDelivery's main business line will also help expose more govies at all levels (Fed/State/Local) to this great community, which will make it even more of a valuable resource for sharing ideas and learning from one another. This is a win/win.

Posted by: dslunceford | September 28, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Ed. Good article.

I'm just excited to do my passion full-time and try to connect more people to improve government. Ability to do more good.

I think it's sold out but hopefully I'll see you at - Fiscal New Year Party on Oct. 8th...


Posted by: sressler | September 28, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Excellent decision. Look forward to reading.

Posted by: janwhite30 | September 28, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Very exciting move for Steve and presents bigger opportunity and value for the GovLoop community.

Posted by: marydavie | September 28, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse


Congratulations on reaching an important inflection point on your road to fully realizing the potential of GovLoop.


Posted by: cclyburn | September 29, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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