Eric Emmert is a lobbyist at the Arizona Capitol, as well as one of the founders of Agenda Discovery, an online tool that sends you notifications when a government entity is going to discuss an issue of interest. The tool scans upcoming government agendas on a daily basis and alerts you when a topic of your choice is on an upcoming agenda before it is discussed, considered and voted.
What part of Arizona do you call home?
What sparked an initial interest in tech?
A need at my “regular job.”
What was your very first entrepreneurial venture?
An import business. Since then I’ve started several wine tour companies and Agenda Discovery.
How did you come up with the idea for your current business?
Looking through local government agendas is a time-consuming and tedious task. Our founders asked the question, “can we automate this?”
What is your favorite part about running a business?
Making a meaningful impact in the lives of others.
What was the biggest challenge in executing this idea?
Defining the market. We’re continually surprised by who contacts us for Agenda Discovery service inquiries.
How long have you lived or worked in Arizona?
I moved to Arizona in 2000. There is a growing class of tech innovators in Arizona that took hold around 2008.
If you could only describe your city with one word, which word would it be?
What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?
The climate. Growing up in Iowa and living in New England, I made a choice to live in a warm climate.
What’s your least favorite thing about living in Arizona?
The location. It’s an hour plane ride from the beach, skiing, wine, and so many other things.
In what area do you think Arizona still has a long way to go?
Business attraction. Arizona lacks corporate headquarters when compared with other states of a similar size.
The foodie scene is growing bigger and bigger by the day here in Arizona. What is your favorite place to get breakfast in your city?
Arizona Bread Company in Tempe.
What’s your favorite place to grab lunch?
The Arrogant Butcher in Downtown Phoenix.
What’s your favorite dinner spot?
Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain.
What’s your favorite place to work in your city aside from your office?
Nearly any wine bar that serves Arizona wines.
Best place for a meeting over drinks?
Olive & Ivy in Scottsdale.
What is your favorite memory from Arizona?
Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time.
What is something about living in Arizona that only a local would know of?
Our education system is really rather good for students and parents that engage in it.
Any tips for new Arizona residents?
Network! Arizona is a place where there are no preconceived notions. You don’t need to have a certain last name or come from a specific culture. Anyone can create their own lives here. You simply need to get out and meet people here. In general, Arizonans are very generous with their time.
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