Our Members

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.

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.

Emmanuel Arnaud

Founder / CEO

Emmanuel Arnaud is the CEO of HomeExchange and GuesttoGuest. A graduate of HEC Paris and the Harvard Kennedy School, he has combined his passion for sustainable development with his passion for traveling to revolutionize the home exchange market. Arnaud founded GuesttoGuest in 2011. In 2017, GuesttoGuest acquired U.S.-based HomeExchange, creating a world leader in the home swapping market. Solidly anchored in the sharing economy, GuesttoGuest is a promising alternative to traditional hospitality markets, ensuring that peer-to-peer transactions become ever-more mainstream. Arnaud is a sharing economy insider with management, entrepreneurship, start-up and leadership expertise. He is frequent keynote speaker and panellist at travel, technology and other events. He is the recipient of Echo Touristique’s “Person of the Year 2017” trophy for innovation and the FACCNE (French-American Chamber of Commerce New-England) Business Award 2018.

John Sun

Co-Founder
We all rely on our broader communities for our successes, and it's only right that we give back when possible. Founders Pledge should be a no-brainer for any founder.

John has been at intersection between finance and technology since graduating from University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign in 2007. He's been involved in several fintech startups in the past several years, 2 of which he co-founded. His latest project, Avant, is an online consumer lender focused on expanding access to affordable credit, and making it cheaper and easier for the middle class around the world to borrow money. Til date, Avant has raised more than $600 million of equity and more than $3 billion of debt capacity from prominent investors like August Capital, Peter Thiel, Tiger Global, and General Atlantic among many others.

Jah Ying Chung

Founder and CEO of Launchpilots (Acquired by Robin8)
As an efficiency geek, I see the Founders Pledge as one of the most efficient ways for entrepreneurs to do good - their research and resources help me vastly reduce the time I need for donation decisions, while maximizing the ROI of my donation dollars.

Jah Ying is the Founder and Air Marshal of Launchpilots, an online partnership platform connecting student leaders with brand sponsorships. Brands work Launchpilots to engage and empower students across China with their products and programs.

With a network of over 25,000 student leaders in 16 countries, Launchpilots has created over 100 campaigns for brands like Adidas, L’Oreal and Airbnb, and connected students across Asia with over HK$1,000,000 worth of cash and in-kind sponsorships. Launchpilots was acquired by US-China influencer platform, Robin8, in 2017.

Jah Ying started her first business at 10, selling selectively bred hamsters to her teachers and members of online communities. Since then, she continued to build up her entrepreneurial and community building skills while launching environmental campaigns and social enterprise projects for global climate change NGO 350.org (Global Work Party, Great Power Race) and venture philanthropy firm Social Ventures Hong Kong (Playtao, Sonova Institute). Jah Ying has also worked with Civic Exchange and the United Nations Development Program, editing and publishing reports on social and economic development issues in Hong Kong and China.

Megan Klimen

Megan is Founder and COO of 3Scan, a biotech company that offers automated microscopy services and software for the 3D analysis of cells, tissues and organs.

Megan also helped in founding and running the BIL Conference series, and has experience in running projects all across the world. Her passions include travel, disaster relief, and growing small companies into large ones. Currently, she is involved in Start-Up Chile.

Megan has a degree in Biology and Anthropology from UC San Diego.

Claire Novorol

Co-founder & CMO
"The Founders Pledge team deeply understands what it takes to give effectively. They research opportunities to evaluate impact and ROI, so you can make wise choices and have confidence that your contribution will make a real difference."

Claire is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada Health, an app that provides AI-powered healthcare to its users. She is also founder of Doctorpreneurs, a non-profit community for doctors and students who are interested in healthcare innovation.

Claire holds a MBChB in Medicine from the University of Bristol, and a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Cambridge.

Alex Depledge

Co-founder & CEO
"What I most liked about the process was that I was locked in. Sounds daft or even slightly scary, I know, but how many times do you think ‘oh I am totally going to do that’ and then it somehow falls down your priority list, and you never get around to it. I know if I hadn’t signed the Founders Pledge, that would have been me too."

Alex Depledge is the co-founder & CEO of Hassle.com, a London based start-up that makes it easy for anyone to book a pre-vetted cleaner online. Originally from the North of England, Alex started a career in US Politics in Chicago before returning to the UK as a management consultant at Accenture. Alex made the leap into entrepreneurship in 2012 & is passionate about the UK's tech scene. In 2014 TechCity Insider named Alex ‘Entrepreneur of the Year' following on the heels of her appearance on the ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK Scale-up Top 100’ - a list highlighting British entrepreneurs expected to lead their firms to £100m in revenue in three to five years. She is now fully focused on making Hassle the best it can be & expanding into major cities in the UK & Europe.

Al Goldstein

Founder
To give back

Al is the co-founder and CEO of AvantCredit.com, one of the fastest growing national online providers of consumer loans. By utilizing advanced algorithms and machine-learning capabilities, AvantCredit offers a unique and highly customized approach to the personal loan process.

Prior to AvantCredit, Al co-founded Pangea Properties, where he serves as the Exec Chairman of the Board. Al is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and spends time mentoring young entrepreneurs. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a Mathematics Minor from the University of Illinois where he graduated with High Honors and is a CFA charter holder.

Meet our team

Meet the team behind the pledge