Column was founded by a fifth-generation member of a local newspaper family based in Manhattan, Kansas. We are a group of principled, talented builders who believe in dedicating our time and effort to solving hard problems that matter.
We are initially focused on the system of public notice due to its critical importance to the future of journalism and the business of news. For centuries, laws have required that notification of certain events be proactively distributed to the communities that they impact, by way of journalists — professionals that those communities trust to tell the truth and ask questions on their behalf.
We believe the challenges our information systems now face are existential ones for our system of self-governance. The best use of our time and talent is to do the hard work to fortify trustworthy institutions. We have chosen to be active participants rather than bystanders to change.
Public notice exists at a unique intersection of government, journalism, and commerce. The technology we are building is a form of connective tissue that we expect to have far-reaching implications.