Our Members

Ambarish Mitra

Blippar
I don't see the Founders Pledge as a tick box on my conscience, but rather a vehicle to start making a difference with early on in my life. Usually the focus in any pledge is how much people are giving, where with the Founders Pledge the focus is on causes and what social good you as a pledgor -- and as part of a community of pledgors -- can drive. This new approach to giving back has been very refreshing indeed.

Ambarish Mitra is one of the pioneers of augmented reality. Rish started his tech career in 1997 as a high school drop-out entrepreneur on a noble topic of Women Empowerment in India, which successfully IPO'd in 2000. Today Rish is the CEO & co-founder of Blippar, the leading visual browser & fastest growing augmented reality player. Under his direction, Blippar has grown from groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with 250+ employees, 10 offices & 50million+ users. With a vision to create the ultimate physical world browser, Ambarish, has been widely recognized for his unconventional business thinking & people-driven philosophical approach to management.

Daniel Macklin

Founder of SoFi
"I joined Founders Pledge as it's a great way for entrepreneurs to give back and have a positive impact on society. For me, it's the right thing to do."

Dan Macklin is a Co-Founder at SoFi, a new kind of finance company taking a radical approach to lending and wealth management. To date, SoFi has lent more than $16 billion in mortgages, personal loans and student loan refinancing. In September 2015, SoFi announced a $1 billion Series E funding round led by SoftBank.  Prior to SoFi, Dan spent twelve years at Standard Chartered Bank across London, Singapore and Shanghai. Dan is a graduate of the University of Durham in England and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has been interviewed by publications including Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Reuters and Wall Street Journal.  Dan was named as one of the 25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017 by Inc and, much to the amusement of his kids, was selected as one of the 40 Coolest People Under 40 in Silicon Valley by Business Insider. @macklindan

Tracy Holland

Co-Founder and CEO of HATCHBEAUTY
"If I can assist other women in knowing their worth, and provide access to the means needed to build a life of self reliance and independence, I have succeeded."

Tracy Holland is one of the leading innovators in the beauty and personal care industry as a key retail strategist and market development expert. As co-founder and CEO of HATCHBEAUTY, her background has led the company in both financial and business growth strategies. Offering best-in-class innovation and design, product development, and branding coupled with vertically-integrated testing and manufacturing capabilities, HATCHBEAUTY has approximately 135 employees, over 10 owned brands, and 20 retail partnerships. Tracy's expertise in the areas of national brand development and tactical sales planning have led to successful market launches along with domestic and international sales efforts for brands such as Nuance Salma Hayek, Orlando Pita Haircare, FOUND, Naturewell, Kristopher Buckle, and Costco’s Beauty’s Most Wanted prestige beauty strategy.

Tracy Holland is a member of YPO, and West Coast chairperson, as well as board member, of the beauty industry group, ICMAD. She is a member of The Committee of 200, (C200), an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders. A mother of three and Winner of Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award 2017, Tracy continues to inspire women to push past cultural barriers and lead the way in business and tech.

Nicolas Cary

Co-founder of Blockchain
Talent is distributed equally but opportunity is not. I've been the very fortunate recipient of thoughtful guidance, wisdom, and support through my life -- and it is my hope to provide enduring contributions to communities with a giving focus on education and entrepreneurship. We must re-imagine our world and build a better future. Founders Pledge aligns with my core values and I'm proud to make a public pledge of support for important causes.

Nicolas has a love for the outdoors and traveling; he attributes much of his entrepreneurial insight to his personal journeys around the world. He holds degrees in Business with an emphasis in Leadership Studies and International Political Economy. He’s taught English and conducted poverty reduction assessments in rural India prior to spending the past decade growing startups.

A life long technologist and serial entrepreneur, he’s trilingual, and has a deep passion for positive digital disruption. He was the Second Employee and Partner at PipelineDeals where he focused on product development and management. In 2013 he co-founded Blockchain. Winner of the 2015 European Digital Leader award for his inspiring and innovative contribution to initiate progress in the digital world, Nicolas accumulated over 350K miles last year doing FinTech advocacy, keynoting conferences, and attending grass roots meet ups across the Europe and around the world. His media appearances include the NYT, NPR, WSJ, Financial Times, Wired, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, CNET, ZDNET, Marketwatch and many more. Follow Nicolas on Twitter at @niccary.

Nick Hungerford

Nutmeg
Entrepreneurship is about looking to the future and building things that other people can't imagine to be possible. For many people being an entrepreneur seems like an impossibility; the Founders Pledge helps me remember that I was lucky enough to have a chance that some people don't have. I want to do everything I can to make sure everyone has the opportunity to look to the future and make their vision a reality.

Nick is the founder & CEO of Nutmeg, the world's first online investment management company that offers complete transparency to all its customers. Following a degree at the University of Exeter, Nick worked at Barclays & Brewin Dolphin as a divisional director & investment manager. Nick's industry & investment views are respected globally & he frequently appears on Bloomberg, CNBC & BBC. He has also been a guest lecturer at academic institutions including Harvard & has represented UKTI around the world, promoting the benefits of doing business in Britain. Nutmeg's vision of empowering a nation of investors allows Nick to combine his love for education & entrepreneurship. Nick has an MBA from Stanford University.

Sarah Wood

Founder of Unruly
"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.

David Klein

Founder, Commonbond
After talking to David (Goldberg) about Founders Pledge, I came away thinking just one thing: why would anyone not do this? It's kind of a no-brainer.

David Klein is CEO and Co-Founder of CommonBond, a leading fintech company that uses data and technology to lower the cost of student loans. Since launching in 2012, CommonBond has raised over $1 billion across equity and debt, and is the first and only company in finance with a 1-for-1 social mission: for every loan funded on CommonBond's platform, the company funds the education of a student in need in partnership with Pencils of Promise. A recognized authority on fintech and student debt, David's perspectives have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, TechCrunch, Inc. and more. He was featured on the Crain's New York 40 Under 40 list in 2016.

Before starting CommonBond, David worked in consumer finance at American Express, where he led a $250M annual business. He started his professional career at McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients in the financial services industry. David graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Politics, Economics and International Business, and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. David is also a former Board Member of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts in New York.

Uma Valeti

Founder and CEO of Memphis Meats

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.

Bibop Gresta

Founder and Chairman

Bibop G. Gresta is a leader in finance, transportation, media and startups. He is a world-renowned speaker focused on transportation and human mobility.
At age 15, Gresta was Software Development Director at Alpha Center Int., creating a super-learning system successfully implemented in several countries. He founded Bibop S.p.a, a digital content firm; he sold 40% to Telecom Italia for 11bln Italian Lira, creating one of the earliest successes of the Italian New Economy.
In 2003, he founded the Digital Magics Group, a digital media incubator, and guided the startup of more than 70 new companies.
As Chairman of HTT, he coordinates the largest global team of professional collaborators ever assembled.

Mustafa Suleyman

Co-founder of Google DeepMind
"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.

Josh Tetrick

Founder, Hampton Creek
Founders Pledge is based around using capitalism to make things a bit better. The idea that I could use whatever personal wealth that I might accrue from this to also do good is what I want to do with my life.

Josh Tetrick is the Founder and CEO of Hampton Creek. Josh founded Hampton Creek in 2011 and has built the company around this question: "What would it look like if we started over in food?" Best known as the maker of Just Mayo, Hampton Creek is innovating to bring healthy, sustainable, and affordable food to everyone, everywhere. Josh's company was selected by Bill Gates as one of three companies shaping the future of food. Josh led Hampton Creek to be named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List for 2015, to Fast Company’s lists for most the innovative companies in food and social good for 2015, and to the 2015 TIME 100 New Scientific Discoveries. The World Economic Forum announced Hampton Creek as a top Technology Pioneer in 2015. Josh was named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 35 Under 35 entrepreneurs and Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40. Prior to founding Hampton Creek, Josh led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa.

William Marshall

Founder at Planet

Will Marshall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet. He leads the overall company strategy and direction. Prior to Planet, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he was a systems engineer on lunar orbiter mission “LADEE”, a member of the science team for the lunar impactor mission “LCROSS”, served as Co-Principal Investigator on PhoneSat, and was the technical lead on research projects in space debris remediation. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and his Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester. Will was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Washington University and Harvard

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