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

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.

Miguel McKelvey

Founder and CCO

Miguel directs all architecture, design, and construction activities at WeWork. Previously, he created the design framework and led the national retail roll-out for American Apparel and was involved in the early-stage development of several companies. He earned his BA from the University of Oregon.

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.

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.

Beth Steinberg

Chief People Officer
"Founders Pledge has given me a seamless way to solidify my commitment to make an impact on my community whilst connecting me with a great group of civically minded global entrepreneurs. The combination of giving and building community, sets Founders Pledge apart from other ways I've seen to give back."

Beth is Chief People officer at Zenefits, a People Platform which brings everything HR into one radically simple, single app. Zenefits is one of the fastest software as a service companies in history and is leading the way in HR technology. Beth has over 20 years of experience in organization development, talent strategy, and leadership development. Her focus has been to help leaders and companies with complex organizational and growth issues.

She has a BA in Psychology from San Jose State University, took part in the Executive Program at Stanford University, and has a stellar track record of leadership and coaching accolades. Beth is also a former Ironman athlete and has completed over ten marathons!

Jon Bradford

Co-founder of F6S, Founding Partner of Motive Partners
The Founders Pledge is the easiest way to demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility and leverage your success to do good.

Jon Bradford is the co-founder of F6S, a network for founders with the highest-ranked start-up programs globally, where they can apply to accelerators, pitch investment funds, post or apply for jobs, get free deals & grow. Jon also co-founded tech.eu & is the Managing Director of TechStars. He was also previously co-founder & CEO of Springboard. Over the last four years, Jon has helped launch 12 accelerators from Montreal to Moscow. Previously, Jon trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen before working in various start-ups & turnarounds. He has worked in London, Australia, the United States & throughout Europe.

Phil Libin

Cofounder & CEO

Phil is a co-founder and the CEO of All Turtles, an AI startup studio. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of the global productivity tool Evernote, which created an epic transformation in workflow and has redefined the way individuals and teams work today.

His investment focus is generally on using technology to enhance humanity, productivity, and business globally.

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