Transforming Public Access to Data & Regulations with Leila Banijamali of Symbium (Part 1)


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Zachary is joined by Leila Banijamali, CEO and Co-Founder of Symbium, a California-based company that uses Complaw® to help make sense of complex zoning codes and regulations.
A company that grew out of a collaboration at Stanford University’s CodeX and the Computer Science Department, Symbium is developing an exciting new online housing platform that will make it much easier and user-friendly for property owners – and potential property owners – to understand what they can and cannot do with their properties. Using its own Complaw®-powered platform, Symbium’s applications make the zoning and planning regulations that shape our cities and towns easy to navigate, allowing anyone to assess what's possible on a piece of property or across a jurisdiction.
Highlights of their discussion include:

  • Leila's career path, including her transition from a tech/licensing lawyer to a start-up founder.
  • The importance of increasing public access to public government data. How does Symbium transform how the public interacts with the regulations that govern what they can do on their properties?
  • How Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), a secondary housing structure built on a property that has an existing main home or structure, could potentially help ease California's housing crisis.

Listen to part 2 here, where Zachary and Leila review computational law (Complaw®) and how it empowers the public to take control of complex government property data.
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