Saving America's Infrastructure with Technology
Director of Product and Startups, Code for America
Lane Becker joined Code for America in May of 2014 as Director of Products and Startups. He works to promote widespread reuse within cities of the applications developed by Code for America, and also runs the civic technology Startup and Accelerator program.
Lane has been hanging out on the Web pretty much since it was invented, from his work-study job setting up websites for the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, to his first (sadly failed) startup in 1999, and on to more successful ventures: co-founding Adaptive Path, one of the world's first user experience design firms, in 2001, and Get Satisfaction, an online customer service community platform, in 2007.
At Adaptive Path, which was recently acquired by Capital One, Lane ran the consulting practice as well as the New Ventures program, which aided early-stage startups with product development in exchange for equity and also developed Measure Map, a blog analytics tool acquired by Google in 2005 and incorporated into Google Analytics. Get Satisfaction is currently used by over 75,000 companies and has taken over $20 million in investment.
In 2012, Lane co-authored “Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work,” a New York Times bestselling business book about harnessing serendipity as a business practice. He’s also into hula-hooping, pop-up cocktail parties, and improv theater as management technique.