SmartPlanet: Social startup VoteIt wants to make decision-making simpler

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Social startup VoteIt wants to make decision-making simpler

Ever been in one of those interminable meetings or email conversation loops where everyone has an opinion but no one is willing to make a decision? Then you’ll appreciate a new social platform called VoteIt that aims to make the process of reaching informed consensus easier.

VoteIt is far more than just an online polling platform, like the ones that are found in Yahoo! Groups. By offering structure around the topic at hand, it aims to keep a conversation or debate on topic and relevant — essentially preventing tangential discussions that can derail the decision-making process. It encourages input and new ideas from participants, but only that that are related to the original conversation.

Here are a couple of examples of how the platform has been used:

  • TechStars, a technology company accelerator in Boulder, Colo., used it to help rename its office
  • Market research firm Schedulist likewise used VoteIt communities to develop a new product line on behalf of a client
  • A New Orleans neighborhood association decided how to use $2,000 in extra budget

The screenshot below gives you a sense of how a VoteIt conversation can be structured:

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