Community

A Gathering of Curious Minds

Ethos

Creating Space for Exploration

We are a community of mission-aligned entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and sectors, united by a shared appetite for understanding how lasting social change is achieved, and taking action.

Our team curates opportunities to learn from experts, explore evidence-led impact strategies, and share ideas. Our events range from intimate dinners to annual forums, and bring together the voices at the frontier of social impact. From charity founders and seminal intellectuals, to field researchers, unicorn CEOs, and visionary technologists.

Through our events, we intend to activate, educate, and interrogate. We go beyond simplistic solutions, aiming instead to ‘consciously complicate’, building our collective intelligence around social strategies, and adding new and diverse perspectives to the conversation.

Our Members

José Neves

Founder & CEO
"Founders Pledge is a revolutionary approach to early stage philanthropy that allows founders of tech companies to “give back” at a point where they may be worth a lot on paper but very little (if anything!) in cash. Hopefully, the pledge will send a message to the global tech community that tech businesses may not be the biggest contributors to not-for-profit organisations and NGOs today, but they will be in the future and that we are materially committed to the values of corporate social responsibility."

José Neves is founder and CEO of Farfetch, a global community of over 300 fashion boutiques offering an inspirational shopping experience to fashion-forward consumers.

In creating Farfetch, José brought together his interests and experience in fashion, technology, design, wholesale and retail to create a business that gives boutiques the opportunity to compete with the leaders of fashion e-commerce. Farfetch now features more that 300 boutiques, has customers in over 180 countries and receives an average of 9 million hits monthly.

José has received numerous accolades, including The Business of Fashion’s 500 People Shaping the Fashion Industry in 2013, Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year and Vogue’s DirectorsOf.COM Top Entrepreneur in 2011.

Mada Seghete

Co-Founder

Mada is Co-Founder and Head of Marketing at Branch Metrics, an award winning innovative mobile linking platform which is dramatically changing how content is discovered and delivered on the Internet. Branch powers deep linking and mobile attribution for some of the most advanced apps in the world, including names like Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack, Ticketmaster, Tinder, Starbucks, and Yelp.

Mada has a BS in Computer Engineering from Cornell and a masters in design from Stanford before jumping straight to the forefront of competitive startups in Silicon Valley. When she's not working on the Branch dashboard or partner products, Mada likes to go to growth hacking meet ups, play with dogs, and play the latest addictive mobile game.

Robbie Schingler

Co-founder and CSO

Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Planet. As CSO of Planet, Robbie leads the company’s long-term strategic trajectory and manages Planet’s Product, Impact, Corporate Development and financing activities. He spearheaded Planet’s acquisition of BlackBridge in 2015 and Boundless in 2019, was Managing Director of Planet Europe from 2016-2017 and recently acting as Chairman of the board for Planet Federal. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologies at NASA Headquarters. He received a MBA from Georgetown University, a MS in Space Studies.

Uma Valeti

Founder and CEO

Uma is laser focused on advancing the commercial viability of real meat farmed directly from animal cells (sometimes called clean or cultured meat). A cardiologist by training, he believes that meat should not only be safe and sustainable but also good for the body and the soul. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and business and has invested in a variety of food, medical and tech companies. Uma is an advisory board member at The Good Food Institute, a former Board member of New Harvest and is a leader in the clean meat movement. In addition to his many contributions in the health sciences, he wants his biggest contribution to be leading the development of a profitable and a world positive future food system. Fun fact: Uma has rescued several people in cardiac arrest.

Mustafa Suleyman

Co-founder
"I am very pleased to support such a great effort and I hope we can succeed in persuading all tech founders to take the Founders Pledge."

Mustafa Suleyman co-founded & was Chief Product Officer of DeepMind Technologies, Europe's 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 where he is responsible for deploying DeepMind’s cutting-edge machine learning tools across a wide range of Google products as well as in new sectors outside of Google, including healthcare and energy.

At 19 he dropped out of Oxford University to help set up a telephone counselling service, building it to become one of the largest mental health support services of its kind in the UK. He then worked as a policy officer for the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, where he advised on human rights and counterterrorism. Mustafa went on to help start Reos Partners, a boutique conflict resolution consultancy with eight offices across four continents specializing in designing and facilitating large scale multi-stakeholder ‘Change-Labs’ aimed at navigating complex problems. As a skilled negotiator and facilitator Mustafa has worked all over the world for a wide range of clients such as the UNDP, UNFCCC, The Dutch Government and WWF.

Michael Acton Smith

I am the co-founder and co-CEO of Calm. We are based in San Francisco and growing very rapidly. We're always on the look for extraordinary people to join the team so please feel free to reach out:

My first business was Firebox.com (online retailer of gadgets, games and gifts) that I co-founded in 1998 with Tom Boardman. We had a lot of fun scouring the world looking for new products and ideas. Invented the Shot Glass Chess Set along the way (bizarre fusion of chess and alcohol that was a surprise hit)

Launched Mind Candy in 2004 to create new types of online entertainment. First project was a puzzle-based Alternate Reality Game called Perplex City - a global treasure hunt played by tens of thousands of people around the world across many different types of media.

Mind Candy's first major hit was Moshi Monsters, an online world for kids that grew to tens of millions of registered players around the world. In 2011 the game expanded from the screen into the offline world with a wide range of new products such as toys, books, magazines, trading cards, videos games, music and a film.

Kathryn Petralia

"Committing our time and resources to the communities in which we live and work has always been part of Kabbage’s culture. We are pleased to be part of an organization that shares our values and amplifies our collective efforts."

Kathryn is Co-Founder of Kabbage a fintech company that allows businesses to access working capital through an online platform within minutes, compared to traditional, offline lending practices which can take weeks. Kabbage ranked on the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest-growing companies in the US for the third consecutive year, on Deloitte’s Fast 500 list, and is in the top 10 of KPMG's Fintech 100.

Kathryn is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival, an orchestra camp for young musicians with limited financial means. She was also named as one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.

Amol Sarva

Co-founder and CEO

Amol co-founded several startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotable, Knotel, and built a building in New York called East of East. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with undergraduate degree from Columbia. He teaches at Columbia. He is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies.

Jaspar Weir

Co-founder and President

Jaspar Weir is co-founder and president of TaskUs, a company with more than 8,500 full time employees and over $100MM in revenue. TaskUs works with the world’s best emerging brands like Tinder, Box and HotelTonight on customer experience strategy and outsourcing. The company’s employee engagement and retention metrics has landed TaskUs international recognition and awards for excellence in culture creation.

Jaspar focuses on leading the company's transformational growth which has secured TaskUs on the Inc 500 list for 5 years and running, the only company in California to accomplish this feat. Before TaskUs, Jaspar co-founded two other companies with TaskUs CEO, Bryce Maddock, including a social media marketing agency and an events production business. Jaspar is the winner of the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was on Inc.’s 30 Under 30 list, and recently launched his podcast, CXYZ. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of California.

Sarah Wood

Founder
"It's a real privilege to be participating in an initiative that focuses founders' minds on giving back and is helping to grow a culture of philanthropy in the UK's tech ecosystem."

Sarah is the co-founder and COO of video ad tech company Unruly, named as the UK’s #2 Fastest Growing Tech Company (Deloitte, 2012), where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet.

Unruly is the leading programmatic platform for social video advertising, powered by UnrulyX, the first supply side platform (SSP) for mobile video to offer scaled delivery of native ad formats. Unruly has 15 offices, employs 200 people and is backed by Amadeus Capital Partners, Van den Ende & Deitmers and Business Growth Fund.

Sarah was voted one of 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc., one of Europe’s Inspiring Fifty, #4 in Digital Spy's Top 10 Women in Tech, and one of 10 London-Based Entrepreneurs to Watch by Forbes. She is an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches a course in Mash-Ups, Memes and LOLitics: Online Video Culture and the Screen Media Revolution.

Jessica Mah

Co-Founder & CEO
It’s a privilege to be part of this inspiring community of founders who are all working to collectively create positive change for some of the biggest problems that we face as a society. I’ve found FP events to be fascinating and fun in equal measure, bringing together the voices of impressive entrepreneurs and change-makers on the front lines. I've always committed a portion of my income to charity and have found their approach to research to be thought-provoking and incredibly helpful in navigating the non-profit sector, which is not an easy feat. With the support of Founders Pledge, I know I will be able to really maximize the impact that I can have in the areas that I care about most.

Jessica's passion for helping other entrepreneurs led her to launch inDinero in 2010. As CEO, she sets our vision and shares the inDinero story across the globe. Jessica has been featured in Forbes and Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30 Lists.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith is co-founder and CEO of Blockchain.info — a Bitcoin block explorer service and cryptocurrency wallet provider. Peter Smith was born and raised in England and, before founding Blockchain, had been living, studying and working in the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. Peter Smith’s Bitcoin involvement started with co-founding the startup Blockchain with Nicolas Cary in 2011. Under the leadership of Peter Smith, the Blockchain company has become a leader in the cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology market. For some time, he was an active investor in the crypto industry. Peter has been featured in popular magazines, and he is frequently invited as an expert and speaker at various related conferences.

Oscar Pierre

Cofounder & CEO
I'm really extremely proud of having become a Founders Pledge member. Social impact was a big reason to found Glovo and this move guarantees that a part of what we are building will help solve some of the biggest global issues. The Founders Pledge team does an incredible job at guiding founders through understanding their deepest philanthropic interests and optimize the impact when donating. I'm also proud to have hosted my first Founders Pledge dinner at home with other entrepreneurs in Barcelona, thanks FP with all the logistics and support!

Aerospace engineer and entrepreneur. Oscar Pierre, 26, is CEO and co-founder of Glovo. Pierre began his training at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. After two years, he moved to the United States to explore better opportunities. He began his professional career as an Aeronautical engineer at Airbus, but after 6 months he decided to look for new challenges.

In 2015 he returned to Barcelona, his hometown, and founded Glovo. In January of 2017, he was part of Forbes magazine's annual list of most influential young people.

Mathilde Collin

Mathilde is the co-founder and CEO of Front. Prior to that, Mathilde served as a project manager at Concord. She holds a master's degree in entrepreneurship from HEC School of Management.

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