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Building the smart technology market and connecting an interdisciplinary community leading digital transformation projects


Discovery and Collaboration


The Venture Smarter community connects users and groups around available solutions, opportunities, and resources to navigate smart cities and emerging technologies.


Strategy and Support


Venture Smarter's technology and government experts help leaders plan, fund, and deploy programs leveraging smart technologies to create better places to live, work, and visit. 


Initiatives and Events


Venture Smarter's Regional Smart Cities Initiatives and thought leadership efforts help leaders and organizations build communities and support around shared efforts and goals. 



Building smart cities and connected communities

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Vision and efforts

Collaboration drives smart city success stories


Get To Know Venture Smarter

Venture Smarter was born out of a need to bring cohesiveness to smart city technology, policy, and community planning. We are dedicated to democratizing the smart city planning process and supporting interoperable solutions that create better places to live, work, and visit.

We care about standards, so we launched the IEEE working group to create P2784, The Guide for the Technology and Process to Build A Smart City. We also care about impact. So we launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to give leaders the tools to build smart and connected communities with solutions that reach beyond municipal limits focused on connectivity, mobility, and resilience. Venture Smarter is still young, and has a number of exciting announcements planned for 2018 including an artificial intelligence to support smart city planning, an index to track smart cities and solutions, and a resource tool-kit for governments including planning guidelines, solution certifications, and several forms of project financing.

This means we help governments create and grow smart and connected infrastructure efforts that support residents, businesses, and visitors without straining municipal budgets. This means we help university leaders build impact and research communities around smart and connected technologies to push the limits of integrated research efforts. And this means we work with businesses to capitalize on a growing market by building and deploying solutions that improve people's lives. Naturally, we work with each of these stakeholders as well as community groups to create, launch, and maintain public-private partnerships that use technology as a tool to improve outcomes for people.


Our founders have been industry leaders at the intersection of technology and public policy. The Venture Smarter team comes from the U.S. Senate, State Department, White House, and innovative technology companies. We are mission-driven and passionate about playing a key role in building smart cities, connected communities, and leveraging technology to improve people’s lives.


Zack Huhn

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Zack is Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Standards Committee; and is dedicated to building smart cities and connected communities. Zack is an entreprenuer with multiple exits. Full bio.

Mitchell Kominsky

Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder

After serving as senior counsel to US Senate Leadership working on emerging technology and national security matters, and as the author of various cybersecurity laws, Mitchell has been a leader in the technology sector leading strategy for early-stage high-tech startups. A graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Ignite program, Mitchell is an innovator for emerging technologies. Full bio.

Rhonda Binda

Chief Governance Officer, Co-Founder

Rhonda is a technology lawyer, P3 expert and formerly a Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of State. She has also served for several administrations as a White House policy official. She is a visionary smart city evangelist with hands on experience in public and private sectors. Full bio.



Don't just take it from us

"It's these connections between different stakeholders that can help solve real problems in cities today."

-Mike Stanley; CEO, TRANSITX


"Outstanding concept! It's kind of like matchmaking for emerging ideas and the powers who can bring them to market. Incredible minds, boundless energy, and determination to serve our world with the right kinds of change."

-Melissa Kirby; CIO, SocialHive


"Venture smarter has helped me get insights into problems realized by my core focus client base so they can match my solutions with their core issues."

-Jon Salisbury; CTO; Nexigen


About Us

Working hard behind the scenes

Venture Smarter is dedicated to building smart cities and connected communities. Our team authored the IEEE Smart City Technology and Planning Standards and is behind launching Regional Smart Cities Initiatives. Get in touch to learn more or join us at an upcoming smart cities event. 

Advisory Board

Greg Akers

Greg Akers is the Senior Vice President of Advanced Security Initiatives and Chief Technology Officer within the Security and Trust Organization (STO) at Cisco. Full bio.

Christian Duffus

Christian formerly worked at Goldman Sachs and is a technology executive with a primary focus on growth and innovation strategies for emerging businesses and technologies.