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.

John Hering

John Hering co-founded Lookout, a leading global cybersecurity company, while attending the University of Southern California (USC). Lookout protects over 175 million devices globally and works with many of the largest organizations in the world including the US Department of Defense and the New Zealand Defense Force. Lookout is backed by over $400M in venture capital from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Blackrock, TRowe Price, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Qualcomm. Lookout is a member of the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. Mr. Hering served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer until March 2014, and he currently serves as a Co-Founder and Executive Director.

Top publications have recognized John as an industry leader and innovator. BusinessWeek named John a Best Young Tech Entrepreneur, Fortune named him a Smartest Person in Tech, the editors of MIT Tech Review dubbed John a 35 Under 35 entrepreneur and Fortune Magazine included John on its list of 40 Under 40 entrepreneurs.

Mr. Hering now focuses his time as a technology investor at Vy Capital, a global technology investment company with over $1B in assets under management. Vy invests in pioneering technology companies on behalf of primarily non-profit institutions and endowments.
John studied Public Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California.

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.

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.

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.

Erik Bergman

Founder of Catena Media and Great.com
I started Great.com with the mission of doing the most good in the world, and I’m now joining Founders Pledge to help further that goal. I’m excited to partner with such an inspiring and dedicated team and cannot wait to be an active member of this community for many years to come.

Erik Bergman founded performance marketing and lead generation company Catena Media in 2012. Catena Media went public on the Swedish stock exchange in 2016 and was valued at $200 million. Passionate about charitable giving, Erik founded his new venture, Great.com, in 2018, an organisation that uses creative digital marketing techniques to generate revenue from the online gambling industry and donates 100% of its profits to vetted charities around the world.

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.

Kathryn Minshew

Founder & CEO

Kathryn is the Muse's CEO and number one swashbuckler. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media and Inc.’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech. Before founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccines in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at McKinsey. Say hi on Twitter @KMin.

Jean-Baptiste Rudelle

Founder and CEO
As an entrepreneur, I’ve been very lucky to be at the right time in the right place. So I believe it’s my duty to give back to the community.

JB founded Criteo in 2005 and has driven its growth into a truly global organization with technology as its heart beat and its clients as its focus. Having transitioned his role from CEO to Executive Chairman in 2016, JB returned to the role of CEO in April 2018. A serial entrepreneur, in addition to a number of start-ups, JB also founded The Galion Project, a non-profit think tank that helps other entrepreneurs to grow faster.

Meet our team

Meet the team behind the pledge