Legendary fundraiser Shomik Dutta on running call time with Obama, how to raise money, and why we must invest in political tech


Shomik Dutta was a fundraiser on both Obama presidential campaigns and went on to work in the White House and Federal Communications Commission. He is now the Co-founder of Higher Ground Labs, which is funding early stage political technology companies. Higher Ground has raised $2.5 million and will announce this summer a crop of 10 startups it hopes to support.

We share stories from the early days of the first Obama presidential campaign, Obama’s progression as a candidate during the ‘08 primary, Shomik’s job running “call time” with Obama, and the journey that has brought us to this new political time.

Note: This conversation includes explicit language.

EXPERTRavi Gupta