So the news is out: we’ve raised our first round of funding for BlockChalk.

It turns out that today is an especially appropriate day for the news to break. I’m currently in Washington D.C. for O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 Expo, the leading conference on open government and citizen engagement. These values are at the heart of what we’re doing with BlockChalk. It feels pretty great to be here with so many people who feel similarly.

We put a ton of effort into the fundraising process and I couldn’t be more proud of the roster of investors who have stepped up to support us. They represent a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and geographies. That matches well with our goals for BlockChalk. We plan to grow beyond the bubble and reach people all over the country and all around the world.

This is definitely the most exciting moment in my professional life. It’s been a lot of work getting to this point, and I’m psyched to have reached it (note: understatement of the year). But this is just the first marker on a long road ahead.

Now the real work starts. And the real fun.