The roots of ReciproCity date back to 2007, when co-founders Chris Powers and Cam Underdown met at Oakland University. Both entrepreneurial in spirit and conscious of deficiencies in student engagement, they pioneered efforts to bring people together using creative methods that challenged the ineffective status quo. After trying a variety of efforts independently, they eventually teamed up with several others to launch a wildly successful weekly open mic called Word of Mouth on campus that lasted well beyond their respective graduations.
After college, Chris and Cam continued their entrepreneurial efforts in different sectors. Chris focused his efforts on corporate entrepreneurship around the country, particularly in the climate change industry, while Cam helped engineer new startups in the nonprofit and faith communities locally in southeast Michigan. They continued their friendship and through regular communication continued to inspire one another to leverage their talents for the greater good of humanity.
The coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 provided an interruption to Chris and Cam’s regular efforts while bringing them both into the same geography for the first time in many years. Together, they designed and launched a mutual aid site designed to help people meet each other’s needs in the local community in the face of the pandemic challenges. Thanks to the data science and development genius of fellow OU alumnus Joshua Linneburg, added to the team a few days after launch, the site quickly became ready to serve the needs of thousands of Oakland County residents, including powering emergency food delivery to over 700 households every week since April 1.
As they served the needs of the community they called home, this team of three quickly saw the dire need in the human sector for their talents and the gifts of many others they knew. They realized there was not only an opportunity, but a responsibility to help develop the kind of the kind of technology that would help better connect their community and any other community who was seeking the same goal.
ReciproCity was born out of the desire to respond to the needs they saw, and come together around a single purpose: to develop applications that power community connection. Chris, Cam, Josh, and their growing community of volunteer developers and technology professionals are working to do that, and invite you to consider how you can be part of powering the future of human service through building better connected communities.
ReciproCity is proudly headquartered in Pontiac, MI.