Senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks about all the startups trying to get voters to the polls on election day. Brooklyn-based Democracy Works wants to get voter turn out to 80 percent by improving the voting infrastructure, a steep challenge as approximately only 50 percent of Americans vote each election. Boston area-based Voatz is trying to modernize the voting experience through an app, although it has not released the app yet. Vote.org, backed by San Francisco-based Y Combinator, is a gateway for people to find information, absentee ballots and other voting logistics. The company is also using a robo-texting initiative that has texted voter registration details to 3 million Americans.
Staff writer Will Yakowicz talks about how nine states across the U.S. will be voting on marijuana ballot initiatives and amendments on election day. California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts will be voting on recreational marijuana and North Dakota, Montana, Florida and Arkansas will vote on medical marijuana. If the measures pass in each state, the industry could balloon to $22 billion in four years. All eyes are on California as the state grows up to 80 percent of the country's marijuana. Entrepreneurs are getting ready in anticipation and anti-legalization folks are fighting to convince voters not to pass the initiatives.
Lastly, the podcast crew interviews entrepreneur Esben Ostergaard, who found robotics company Universal Robots in Denmark and sold it to U.S.-based Teradyne for $285 million. Find out how his life almost fell apart before the sale.