Marketplace.city’s mission is to simplify the process for local governments to source, validate, and procure new technology, so that government can be responsive to their constituents and focus on their core mission to serve those constituents. Our products and services are developed with input and feedback from our partner cities and we are committed to delivering valuable tools at no cost to government partners.
Across the globe, local governments are embracing innovative technology and shifting from large custom systems to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud based applications, and AGILE methodologies for example. Traditional procurement processes were not designed for purchasing technology that changes rapidly and can be consumed as a service, even when software, hardware, and professional services are bundled together. Decisions are often made with limited customer reference data and lacking pricing transparency. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Marketplace.city began in 2016 with the Marketplace.nyc beta, a collaboration with the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI). After a successful beta and winning a global award at the Smart City Expo World Conference in 2017, we launched Marketplace.city as an independent company, based in Chicago, IL and open to local governments and vendors to use globally. Since launch we have supported over 200 governments in their search for technology.
In 2019 we launched our Clearbox Process leveraging the valuable reference and contract data in the Marketplace.city database to guide our government partners to make technology buying decisions. The Clearbox Process guides key stakeholders through a sourcing and validation process that ensures the right match between vendor and customer, all at no extra cost to the government user. Like a true marketplace, our process is performance based and does not require upfront costs to participate from either government or vendor. Marketplace.city continues to add features and functionality through partnership with leading cities. If you’re interested in partnering with us or learning more, send us an email. We’d love to say hello.
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Chris Foreman, Chief Executive Officer of Marketplace.city drives the company's revenue and growth by building their powerful network of technology providers.
Prior to Marketplace.city, Mr. Foreman served as CEO of the Americas for AvePoint, Inc. While at AvePoint, Mr. Foreman helped lead the company’s growth from a small team to over 1200 employees in 15 countries and drove the expansion into government by launching an independent subsidiary, AvePoint Public Sector, Inc. where he served as CEO and Chairman. AvePoint won 3 consecutive Microsoft Partner of the Year awards during Foreman’s tenure. Previously he worked at Nutech Integrated Systems where he oversaw enterprise sales initiatives focusing on healthcare, archiving, e-discovery, and records management. He has actively worked in the enterprise software industry for 15 years.
Mr. Foreman received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and international affairs from Northwestern University. He's active in several industry organizations such as IAMCP, Voices for Innovation, and the Small Business Advocacy Council. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Katie and 4 children.
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As President and COO, Andrew is responsible for Marketplace.city’s relationship with the public sector, product/process integration and all operations.
Prior to Marketplace.city, Andrew was the Managing Director of Strategy at UI LABS, an innovation accelerator in Chicago. In that role, he focused on organization wide strategy and plan, program integration across all labs, business development and customer value capture/success. Additionally, Andrew oversaw marketing, communication, finance and government relations. Upon joining UI LABS, Andrew led the stand-up and launch of the smart city lab, City Digital, from the announcement through launch of the initial projects, including hiring an executive director and operations lead.
Prior to UI LABS, Andrew was a Senior Manager in the strategy consulting practice at Accenture. At Accenture, Andrew focused on large scale enterprise and finance transformation across multiple industries. He was responsible for project sales, planning, execution and delivery of client value. Andrew has an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Molly, and two kids.
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As Head of Product, Cameron makes sure that Marketplace.city has best-in-class product design and engineering. He’s responsible for making sure that cities and vendors alike find the site to be both valuable and a joy to use.
Prior to Marketplace.city, Cameron founded a digital agency based out of Brooklyn called Fictive Kin. As part of Fictive Kin, Cameron worked alongside some of the world’s most recognized brands including Samsung, National Geographic, Gap, The Atlantic, and Kickstarter. In this role, Cameron led both design and engineering teams in the development of new software applications for both web and mobile.
Prior to that Cameron co-founded a software startup called Glass and co-founded a mechatronics design firm that worked with SolarCity, Adidas, Pax, VW, and Bosch.
Cameron has an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Tara.
“Cities co-developed Marketplace.city to solve a problem all government innovators face: the desire to deploy quickly versus the risk of failing.”
Director of Innovation, New York City