Our Members

Niklas Adalberth

Founder of Klarna
"I’m excited to be able to contribute to a community of founders who are thinking critically about their giving. Together I believe we can achieve a huge amount of good."

Niklas co-founded unicorn payment company Klarna 2005, backed by investors such as Sequoia, Atomico and General Atlantic. More than 10 years later he quit his operational role as deputy CEO to found tech-for-good Norrsken Foundation. Norrsken invests in entrepreneurs such as Welcome Movement, Doctrine and Karma that tackles the biggest problems in society. In addition to investments, Norrsken last year opened the largest co-working space in Europe for people that tries to improve the world with over 350 members.

Andrew Fisher

Executive Chairman of Shazam
"Founders Pledge is not just about giving back but ensuring that as a community, we support those in need in the most effective way we can."

Andrew joined Shazam in 2005 as Chief Executive Officer before becoming Executive Chairman in 2013. Andrew is also a Non Executive Director of Marks and Spencer plc and a Non Executive Director of MoneySupermarket Group plc.

Over the past 20 years, Andrew has led the successful growth of a number of technology focused enterprises. He founded and was Managing Director of TDLI.com which was acquired by InfoSpace Inc and previously participated in a management buyout of Thomson Directories.

Andrew was awarded an O.B.E. for services to the UK digital economy in 2016.

Kathryn Petralia

Co-Founder of Kabbage
"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.

Brent Hoberman

Founder, Made.com
I made the Founders Pledge because I believe it is the right thing to do. We are fortunate to be in this dynamic sector, and have a responsibility to give back. The pledge allows the founder community to leverage the expertise of both Founders Forum For Good and Pictet to do just that, amplifying the impact we can have together.

Brent Hoberman is co-founder of Made.com and SmartUp.io, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK and business in gamified mobile learning aimed at entrepreneurs.

Brent is a serial entrepreneur, having also previously co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, taking the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. Lastminute.com was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn in 2005. He also co-founded Founders Forum in 2006, a series global events in London, LA, NYC, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Shanghai for leading tech entrepreneurs.

Brent also sits on the advisory board for the UK Government Digital Advisory Board, is Non-Executive Board Director of Guardian Media Group, TalkTalk PLC & Shazam and acts as the Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassador. Brent was awarded a CBE in 2015.

José Neves

Founder & CEO of Farfetch
"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.

Eric Wahlforss

Founder & CPO of Soundcloud
"I love the vision behind Founders Pledge. This is a movement driven by thoughtful people who are all about maximising positive impact on the world we live in. I'm excited to be a part small part of it."

Eric Wahlforss is Founder and Chief Product Officer (CPO) at SoundCloud, the world’s largest open audio platform. As Chief Product Officer, Wahlforss leads the strategy around all product initiatives to ensure a clear product vision is in place and aligned across the organization with a focus on the creation and building of products and features that enhance the SoundCloud experience for users.

Since its inception in 2007, Wahlforss has been responsible for overseeing product strategy, engineering and design, alongside creating and shaping the technical vision. He leads the team of product and design specialists who support the development and creation of the SoundCloud platform and products. Over the past 10 years, the company has experienced exponential growth, and today, more than 10 million creators are heard on the platform every month.

Prior to founding SoundCloud, Wahlforss held roles at various companies including Gate5 which was acquired by Nokia in 2007. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and studied three years at the Stockholm School of Economics.

In addition to his role at SoundCloud, Wahlforss is also a musician and DJ, creating and performing under the artist name, Forss. His latest album, Ecclesia is available on SoundCloud.

You can follow Eric on SoundCloud at http://soundcloud.com/eric.

Pierre Valade

Founder of Sunrise

Pierre is the Co-founder and CEO of Sunrise, the successful calendar app set to reinvent the way you manage your time. Sunrise was used by millions of people and in 2015 was acquired by Microsoft for $100M. Passionate about building great products with an amazing team, Pierre now resides in NYC.

Jen O'Neal

Founder & President of Tripping

Jen founded Tripping.com and helped grow it into the world's largest site for vacation homes with over 12 million properties in 150,000 destinations worldwide. Prior to founding Tripping, Jen helped build venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley, Central America, and London. She was also one of the first employees of the ticket marketplace company StubHub, where she developed their brand and marketing group before its $285 million acquisition by eBay.

Jen spends her free time exploring new places, mentoring entrepreneurs, and commiserating over Cal’s NCAA rankings. She's excited to be part of FP since it's a chance for her to give back and create a positive impact on the world outside of her office.

Brynne Kennedy

Founder and CEO of MOVE Guides
"It is my privilege to be committing a share of my exit proceeds to causes that I feel strongly about. My current focus is on building MOVE Guides - helping 21st century organisations move people talent worldwide to solve global challenges - and creating value for our employees and shareholders. I am grateful that the Founders Pledge provides a platform to give back at exit, so I can now focus on leading MOVE Guides to success, and then contributing to the development and success of others through charitable donations."

Brynne Herbert is the founder & CEO of MOVE Guides. Under her leadership, MOVE Guides has grown from an idea to an award winning start-up working with the world’s largest companies & supporting moves across 6 continents. Brynne is part of London’s Tech City Insider 100 & the SV2UK 100 (CEOs of 100 top UK tech companies), & was nominated to the 2015 Google Award for Women in Digital. She is also a recognized subject matter expert on talent mobility, entrepreneurship & gender equality, & a registered Global Mobility Specialist with Worldwide ERC. Brynne has lived in the US, EMEA & APAC, & speaks 5 languages. Prior to starting MOVE Guides she worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers & Standard Chartered.

Miguel McKelvey

Founder and CCO of WeWork

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.

Kris Gale

Co-Founder and CEO of Clover Health
"If you're in the right place at the right time in the tech industry, you can have a huge windfall. To even entertain the idea that you've earned and deserve to keep all of the wealth from a big exit is a shameful intellectual and moral failure."

Kris was an early employee at Yammer and is most recently a co-founder at Clover Health.

Mada Seghete

Co-Founder of Branch Metrics

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.

Meet our team

Meet the team behind the pledge