The Seattle startup works with governments locally to create presentations from data.

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A startup that wants to help government make more sense of the data it collects raised $3 million from investors this week.

LiveStories, a Techstars Seattle graduate, said the funding came from San Francisco firm True Ventures, with participation from Founders’ Co-op, Social Leverage, Urban.us and the Knight Foundation.

LiveStories makes software that quickly looks at government data and sorts it into easy-to-understand sections so municipalities can present it. The aerospace team with the Washington state Department of Commerce uses the technology to show on a map where planes made locally are being bought.

“Traditionally, all data tools are made for the private sector,” Adnan Mahmud said. But the public sector holds massive amounts of data, and it needed a way to make sense of it.

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Governments can make charts, graphs and even web pages using LiveStories.

The Seattle startup has 20 employees and plans to use the funds to hire in every department. LiveStories customers include the City of New Orleans and San Diego County.