OUR STORY

We created Founders Pledge with a simple aspiration

We wanted to get tech leaders giving now, not later.

We approached this mission with a deep understanding of the sector – Founders Pledge was built by founders, for founders and launched out of Founders Forum, Europe's foremost network of digital and technology entrepreneurs.

We're empowering founders and investors to add value to their companies as well as the causes they love, without sacrificing one for the other. Together, we’re making a real difference in the tech world and in the global community.

Want to know more about what we do as a community and how we approach charity? Have a look around our blog, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

TEAM

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    DAVID GOLDBERG

    CEO
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    DAVID GOLDBERG

    CEO

    David is the Co-founder and CEO of Founders Pledge. Having run the gauntlet of finance, start-up, and academia, started Founders Pledge to make it absurdly easy for entrepreneurs to do good in their work and lives. David moved into the non-profit sector from an eclectic commercial background; following high school, David joined Mortgage Capital Associates, one of the largest privately held mortgage banks in the U.S., where he launched the secondary marketing department, after which he worked as a mortgage and investment banker at CS Financial in Beverly Hills. David also founded and ran a boutique real estate and relocation firm in Germany and was the general manager of Urban Motion Inc., the highest volume Segway dealer network in the world. David is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Cambridge.

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    NEIL JANSEN

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    NEIL JANSEN

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    Neil joined Founders Pledge in October of 2015 from both technical and artistic careers. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and then moved to Los Angeles to work on the Space Shuttle Main Engine as a systems engineer. As NASA wrapped up the shuttle program, he successfully transitioned into a career as a freelance brass musician and continues to perform regularly across California.

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    IEVA KAJOKAITE

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    IEVA KAJOKAITE

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    Ieva joins Founders Pledge from a diverse non-profit background. She is an experienced partnership director and programme manager, and has worked extensively with projects focused on young people affected by the intersection of vulnerabilities. After graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies and Vilnius University, Ieva worked with charities assisting refugees, and, more recently, children and young people with special needs. Ieva is a visiting lecturer at Vilnius University and has carried out research focused on gender identity and the politics of presence in Qatar, Oman and Italy.

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    BEN CLIFFORD

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    BEN CLIFFORD

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    Ben has a background in technology startups and not for profits. He was previously Director of Community for Giving What We Can, the international society promoting effective poverty interventions. He is also a full stack web developer and has experience in the London and Paris startup scenes. Before starting at Founders Pledge, Ben was building software in Ghana to provide offline access to education websites. Ben has a first class degree in Philosophy from the University of Warwick.

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    KATARINA POLONSKY

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    KATARINA POLONSKY

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    Katarina joined Founders Pledge in February 2017 after completing her Masters with Distinction at the University of Oxford in Gender Studies on the Clarendon Scholarship. Prior to this, she was a serial entrepreneur in the premium drinks industry, which included helping grow several start-ups across Dubai and Brazil, as well as co-founding her own wholesaler business in Spain. Katarina graduated with Double First Class Honours in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham, and studied in Venice for a year under the Erasmus programme. Katarina is supporting the growth of Founders Pledge across domestic and international markets, including Europe and the USA.

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    MAX BIRNER

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    MAX BIRNER

    Growth, Germany

    Max joined Founders Pledge in 2017 with a background in both technology startups and charity. After studying at LSE and the University of the Arts London, Max co-founded the technology startup Tamoco and led the company as CEO for four years, growing it to become one of the market leaders in the advertising field. He also helped to launch a donation platform as a charity in the Middle East and most recently acted as Board Adviser to a variety of social-impact startups around the world.

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    STEPHANIE PURCELL

    Community
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    STEPHANIE PURCELL

    Community

    Stephanie became Founders Pledge first employee back in May 2015, after working in various communications roles in the Department of Health. Previously, she attained First Class Honours in Linguistics from University College London, which included living in Arizona for a year.

    Stephanie oversees the delivery of Founders Pledge’ community programs and her greatest “claim to fame” is chin grazing Sir David Attenborough’s shoulder!

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    HERMIONE FLECK

    Community
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    HERMIONE FLECK

    Community

    Hermione joined Founders Pledge in September 2016 after working with rural subsistence farmers and bees for a social enterprise in Zambia, where she looked at the application of barcoding systems in rural agricultural purchasing. Previously, after graduating in Economics from University College London, she worked in research at a tech firm in Edinburgh, focusing on modern slavery in business supply chains and deforestation, as part of a project to assist the Department for International Development in measuring the impact of UK investment in international forestry programmes.

    In a sentence: Hermione loves running and trees.

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    THEA THORSEN

    Community
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    THEA THORSEN

    Community

    Thea joined Founders Pledge in July 2016 after graduating with a First Class Honour BASc from University College London, specialising in Cultural Anthropology. She has a background in the not-for-profit sector, having worked for Amnesty International as well as in a number of roles in Norway's largest youth environmental organisation.

    Before moving to London she was a youth facilitator at an environmental conference in Madagascar, studied Arabic, and worked at a museum of archaeology. Thea speaks English, Norwegian, Spanish and Arabic. Her favourite colour is black and she's not sorry about it.

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    MELANIE DE MAICHE

    Community
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    MELANIE DE MAICHE

    Community

    Melanie joined Founders Pledge in February 2017 and works in the community team putting together of our events.

    Melanie is passionate about empowering communities and children for social change, with a focus on raising ones visibility, vision and voice. Her volunteering experience in Nepal and Thailand has prompted her desire to work in the non-profit sector. In a previous life Melanie worked in various customer service roles notably within a Helicopter company. She completed her Masters in International Child Studies in 2016 at King’s College London.

    French born, Melanie is never very far from her ukulele, which is perfectly suited to bring people together and to sing along in all languages!

  • Devon

    DEVON FRITZ

    Tech & Ops
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    DEVON FRITZ

    Tech & Ops

    Devon joined Founders Pledge following a diverse background in consulting and software development for both the public and private sectors, working for various organizations as well as running his own business. He has been awarded a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, as well as a Master of Arts in Computational Linguistics from Heidelberg University in Germany. A learner for life, Devon has a broad range of interests, from language learning to philosophy.

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    SASHA COOPER

    Tech
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    SASHA COOPER

    Tech

    Sasha joined Founders Pledge in November 2016, after transitioning from academic publishing to software development through Makers Academy. He has an ongoing preoccupation with utilitarian philosophy, and with the underlying ethics of the effective altruism movement, which he's been involved with since its inception (and which prompted his career shift). At Founders Pledge, he maximises the utility offered by the website.

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    MARINELLA CAPRIATI

    Research
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    MARINELLA CAPRIATI

    Research

    Marinella joined Founders Pledge in 2017 from a background in non for profit and academia. Before starting at the Founders Pledge, she was researching cost-effective charities and interventions at the Centre for Effective Altruism, and worked as a Research Fellow at Warwick University. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Human Rights from Oxford University and a First Class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the same institution.

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    JOHN HALSTEAD

    Research
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    JOHN HALSTEAD

    Research

    John joined Founders Pledge in 2017 from a background in policy think tanks and academia. He has a doctorate in political philosophy from Oxford and taught philosophy at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Following that, he moved to the Global Priorities Project, working as a researcher on global catastrophic risk. He likes quips, tennis, football, boxing, and not spending money.

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    HARIDOS APOSTOLIDES

    Support
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    HARIDOS APOSTOLIDES

    Support

    Haridos joined Founders Pledge in January 2017 from a background that spans both the commercial and non-profit sectors. After graduating with a BA in American Studies from the University of Derby he did an internship with the US Navy’s Public Affairs office in Manhattan, working on the Fleet Week New York programme. After a year with a digital marketing company in London he moved into the charity sector, with Comic Relief and then The Royal British Legion. Haridos has a passion for US and UK politics, with a strong emphasis on LGBTQ and gender equality within social constructs.

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    ADAM MILLEST

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    ADAM MILLEST

    Support

    Adam joined Founders Pledge in 2017 with a background in music and education.

    Having worked as a freelance drummer on tours, cruise ships and in theatre orchestra pits, he more recently turned his energies to teaching, with a particular focus on working with children with special learning difficulties.

    He has a BA Hons degree in Popular Music, and enjoys sport, walks in the countryside, and writing his own blog.

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    BRYAN

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    BRYAN

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    Bryan is a dog. He has been with Founders Pledge since day 1. He often thinks he's in charge and even though he's not, no one tells him otherwise. In his free time he likes to collect sticks and play fetch. He is based in London.

TRUSTEES

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    DAFNA BONAS

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    DAFNA BONAS

    Dafna was founding CEO and co-founder of Founders For Good. She is now a trustee of the charity, continuing to dramatically impact the way in which entrepreneurs give back. Dafna is also a trustee of The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, a board member of Intelligence Squared, and has supported organisations including The Royal Foundation and The Good Solutions Group. Before founding Founders for Good, she launched Excite in Europe, co-founded eos Ventures & spent seven years as a Operating Partner at Eden McCallum, a disruptor in strategy consulting. She is a graduate of Stanford University & Harvard Business School & is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

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    CAROL CONE

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    CAROL CONE

    Carol is the founder & CEO of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, whose mission is to educate, inspire & accelerate purpose programs & impacts for organizations, nonprofits & individuals around the globe. She is internationally recognized for her work on purpose & CSR. For over 25 years, she’s built lasting partnerships between companies, brands & social issues for deep business & societal impact. For the past five years, Carol created & led the business & social purpose practice for Edelman, building it into a $25 million global group. Previously, she was founder & chairman of Cone, Inc., now Cone Communications, a leading cause branding consultancy. In 2007, PR Week called her "arguably the most powerful & visible figure in the world of cause branding."

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    JONATHAN GOODWIN

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    JONATHAN GOODWIN

    Jonathan is the chairman of Founders For Good and the co-founder of Founders Forum. In 2011 Jonnie founded Lepe Partners, a merchant bank for media, consumer & internet CEOs & entrepreneurs. He was previously co-founder & CEO of LongAcre Partners, building the company into Europe’s leading mid-market media corporate finance house before selling it to Jefferies in 2007. Jonnie also co-founded PROfounders Capital and is on the advisory board of Opera Solutions & Kelkoo. He has advised on over 100 transactions in the media & Internet space worth over $20bn to date.

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    NEIL HUTCHINSON

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    NEIL HUTCHINSON

    Neil is the founder of NEON Adventures, an investment vehicle with activities in finance, property, lifestyle & philanthropy. He is also a principle investor in the Forward Internet Group, which creates, acquires & invests in web businesses across a variety of industries and territories. Neil is committed to giving back through the Forward Foundation, helping exceptional charities & social enterprises transform young lives.

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    DAMIAN KIMMELMAN

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    DAMIAN KIMMELMAN

    Damian Kimmelman is the Founder and CEO of DueDil, the London-based fintech business whose vision is to organise the world’s private company information & which was recently listed among Wired magazine’s Hottest Startups in Europe. Before launching DueDil, Damian set up two other businesses: a peer-to-peer Chinese gaming platform & a digital agency. In June this year, he was named “International Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tech City News.

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    ANDY MCLOUGHLIN

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    ANDY MCLOUGHLIN

    Andy is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active Bay Area seed stage investors. Prior to joining SoftTech in 2015, Andy was co-founder and EVP of London and San Francisco-based Huddle, a leading enterprise SaaS content collaboration company.

    Andy has been an active angel investor since 2010 and built a portfolio covering 35+ pre-seed and seed stage investments, mostly in the B2B space but also covering e-commerce, marketplaces and mobile. His companies include innovative SaaS businesses like Apiary, tray.io, Bugsnag, Rolepoint, Intercom, Import.io, Pipedrive, and Buffer, as well as retail plays including Postmates, Secret Escapes, and Zesty.

    Andy was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honours list for services to UK business and technology leadership.

  • Richard

    RICHARD REED

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    RICHARD REED

    Richard is the co-founder of innocent, the No.1 health drinks brand in Europe. Innocent was started from a market stall, now sells in 17 countries & was acquired by Coca Cola for $700m. Innocent’s mission is to ‘taste good & do good’, with sustainable business practices & a minimum of 10% of profits going to charity each year. Richard, along with his co-founders, now runs JamJar Investments, a UK based start-up fund focusing on consumer facing brands that use creativity, craft & functional performance to create lifetime loyalty. Richard is also a director of the independent press regulator Ipsos.

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    ALEXANDRE SEMBOGLOU

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    ALEXANDRE SEMBOGLOU

    Alexandre is a qualified Swiss lawyer. After being admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 1997, Alexandre qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert in 2002 & went on to work for different financial services companies & prestigious law firms. In 2011, he became Chief Executive Officer of the Rhone Group, a Swiss company which provides clients with sophisticated financial planning advice & support.

ADVISORS

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    WILLIAM MACASKILL

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    WILLIAM MACASKILL

    William MacAskill is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University and the co-founder of Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours, which advises individuals on how to maximise the social impact of their time and money. Through these non-profits, Will has raised over $400 million in lifetime pledged donations to the most effective charities and helped spark the effective altruism movement. He is the author of Doing Good Better, published by Penguin Random House.

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    MUSTAFA SULEYMAN

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    MUSTAFA SULEYMAN

    Mustafa Suleyman was co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Deepmind Technologies, a leading AI company, which was bought by Google in 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date. Mustafa is now Head of Applied AI at Google DeepMind & is responsible for integrating the technology across a wide range of Google products. Previously, Mustafa dropped out of Oxford University to help launch a telephone counseling service, building it to become one the largest mental health support services of its kind in the UK. As a skilled negotiator & facilitator, Mustafa has worked all over the world for a wide range of clients such as the UN, the Dutch government & WWF.

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    JAAN TALLINN

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    JAAN TALLINN

    Jaan is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is Co-Founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute, and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments, an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.

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    ALEX COMNINOS

    Specialist Tech Advisor
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    ALEX COMNINOS

    Alex supports Founders Pledge on tech for good and is an Associate at Founders Intelligence, a specialist consultancy that helps the world’s leading corporates and investors to harness industry defining technologies and business models. Alex advises corporates and investors on digital strategy and technology innovation, and in this role has worked with Visa, News Corp, and Fannie Mae. Before joining Founders Intelligence, Alex worked in M&A, focusing on investments in media, internet and consumer business. Alex has varied volunteering experience, including coaching football at a local school in Costa Rica, and supporting Founders For Good & NSPCC Digital Taskforce.

HOW WE SURVIVE

Founders Pledge is managed and administered by Founders For Good Ltd. (a UK registered charity) in Europe and by Founders Pledge, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit) in the United States.

We operate a 100% MODEL, which means we charge no fees and no commissions. Everything we do is completely free. This is made possible by our incredible sponsors, partners, and private donors whose support covers our running costs and allows us to deliver Founders Pledge at no cost for everyone else.

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