Mission Control

Benjamin Schmidt

You can’t make it better until you make it work.

In America, we don’t create bad infrastructure—we just fail to maintain it. The crumbling infrastructure of US cities and towns is often overshadowed by budget concerns, national turmoil, and global crises. As a leader in your local government, you know this better than anyone.

But progress is possible.

In Mission Control, technologist and entrepreneur Benjamin Schmidt shares how you can join the data-driven revolution and lead the way in adopting new processes and technologies to save money, achieve better outcomes, and make a tangible difference in your civil infrastructure management. A pioneer in public infrastructure technology, Benjamin explains how to overcome the common obstacles and wrong turns that stop innovators in their tracks, demonstrating how obtaining the right data works as a foundation for informed decision-making. Sometimes a good idea just needs a push in the right direction. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls, gain momentum, and take actionable steps with a proven framework for inspiring progress and disrupting the status quo.

Benjamin Schmidt is a technologist, an entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of RoadBotics, a company empowering communities in making data-driven decisions to improve their roads and infrastructure. Early in his career, Benjamin recognized data as the answer to the crumbling infrastructure and diminishing resources many local governments face. His data-based startup mindset has bridged the gap between problem and solution for governments throughout the world, revolutionizing how issues are identified at the government level with a nimble, collaborative approach. Benjamin lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons.

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