The government shutdown continued this week and hundreds of thousands of government workers still are not receiving a paycheck. As the partisan bickering continues in Washington, D.C., two software startups have teamed together to offer those furloughed workers a chance to get back to work.
The idea was hatched by developers at 1776. Blen heard about the idea and reached out. Within five hours, a website was launched. The morning after, the site crashed after a traffic rush.
"I think that's the beauty of these kinds of communities, where startups can get together and collaborate, because they can quickly get an idea into a solution," said Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776. "It's startups doing what startups do best: being scrappy and turning a problem into an opportunity."