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1776 Hires Rachel Haot, former Chief Digital Officer for New York State


Washington, D.C. – Today, 1776 announced that Rachel Haot has joined its senior executive team as Managing Director, beginning January 4th, 2016. Haot most recently served as Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology of New York State as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Chamber, and she was previously Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  

“1776 and our startup members will benefit enormously from Rachel’s deep knowledge and experience in the public sector at both state and local levels,” said Evan Burfield, 1776 Cofounder and Co-CEO. “Her accomplishments in civic innovation, combined with her startup experiences, make her an ideal fit for our leadership team.”

“The startups we work with are all focused on driving global scale, and navigating the governmental landscape is an increasingly critical factor to success,” continued Donna Harris, 1776 Cofounder and Co-CEO. “Rachel’s hands-on, insider expertise in how governments think and operate will give our members and portfolio companies a leg up on scaling.”

While serving as Chief Digital Officer for New York State, Haot spearheaded the relaunch of official website for the first time in 15 years, and supported Governor Cuomo’s historic $1B universal broadband plan and the $2B Smart School bond act to modernize education. Similarly, during her time as Chief Digital Officer for New York City, she led initiatives including the redesign and re-architecture of official website, .NYC top-level domain program, tech sector campaign We Are Made in NY, the Digital Ready tech curriculum for public school students and the Reinvent hackathon series.

Haot also brings extensive experience with startups.  Earlier in her career she was founder and CEO of GroundReport, an early global citizen journalism platform. She also previously worked in business development for LimeWire and taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. Haot is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and Chief Digital Officer of the Year by the CDO Summit.

About 1776

1776 is a global incubator and venture fund that uncovers promising highly-scalable startups focused on solving the world’s most fundamental challenges and helps engineer their success. 1776 focuses on startups in the most broken, entrenched industries and sectors that impact millions of lives every day – specifically education, energy, health and cities. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., it is sparking a global movement of high-growth startups driving meaningful innovation through its Challenge Cup and Startup Federation, the premiere network of incubators throughout the world. For information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @1776.