Our Members

Minneola Ingersoll

Founder and COO of Shift

Minnie Ingersoll is Founder and COO of Shift, a leading online car retail platform. After 12 years at Google, Minnie went on to co-found Shift, an online car marketplace which has revolutionized the way people think about car ownership with trust, simplicity and convenience. Minnie is both a long-time Silicon Valley executive and dedicated mother. She now stands as COO at Code for America, a progressive nonprofit dedicated to improving civic tech and strengthening America's social safety net.

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!

Ela Madej

We should be pooling resources to make this world better for everyone.

Ela is a tech entrepreneur and a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, an early stage VC fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. She's a Y Combinator alum who previously co-founded Base CRM (acquired by Zendesk), the software development company Applicake, and was a Partner at Innovation Nest, a Europe-focused VC firm. With Fifty Years, Ela has invested in over 30 private companies in areas such as synthetic biology, energy, space tech, health tech, food tech, autonomous vehicles, and more. Ela also runs Impact.tech, a platform for technologists in Silicon Valley who want to combine purpose with profit.

Philip Stehlik

Co-founder & CTO
I want to create the shift towards a reality where "doing good" and "doing well" are not different things but rather two sides of the same coin. By joining Founders Pledge we create a new norm: It is easy and perfectly normal to give back and support others while having personal success.

Philip is an entrepreneur, who lives in the startup world since the early 2000s. After his move from Germany to San Francisco in 2006, he worked with a variety of companies in social, mobile, fintech, and enterprise software. He started multiple companies, which raised more than $150 million in angel and VC funding and he led projects to acquisition. Philip was CTO, CPO, developed a physical card game and cares about personal development and community. He served on multiple boards and advises startups on technology, product, teams, and operations. He has been active in the world of crypto-economics since 2016 and most recently co-founded http://centrifuge.one where he builds a distributed protocol for global commerce.

Ricky Knox


Ricky is co-founder of Tandem Bank, a mobile app-based bank, that offers credit and current account products. In 2018, Tandem fully acquired Harrods Bank.

Ricky is also managing partner of Hexagon Partners, a private equity firm, and founder of Azimo, a digital payments platform.

Ricky has a BSc in Economics from Bristol University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Carolyn Betts

Carolyn Betts Fleming is the Founder & CEO of Betts Recruiting, a national recruiting firm specializing in revenue-generating talent roles including sales, marketing, and people operations at all levels for high growth B2B companies. Betts Recruiting has locations in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Los Angeles and Chicago and works with companies nationwide.

Jonas Huckestein

Jonas is the cofounder and CTO of Monzo bank. He spends a lot of his weekends strolling through Broadway Market and eating delicious food. He also enjoys popular geeky pastimes like watching movies and playing board games.

Vinay Kumar Singhal

Co-Founder & CEO

Vinay is the co-founder & CEO of WittyFeed. Hailing from Nunsar, a small village in Haryana, Vinay’s hunger for excellence made him the very first person from his family to pursue engineering. Entrepreneurial bug bit him early in 2010 while he was still pursuing his B.Tech, Computer Science from Chennai.

A few failures and a score of learnings later WittyFeed.com took shape in September 2014 under the aegis of Vatsana Technologies. Not even completed the tenure of three years, WittyFeed.com is already valued at $30 million. A social activist at heart he dreams of an ideal India and believes in being the change agent. Despite his tight work schedule, he manages to find time to enjoy music and read stuff online.

Leah Audrey Templeman

Leah is Head of Operations at Monzo, a UK-based mobile bank, and has been at Monzo since its conception in 2015.

Prior to that, she was a consultant for Bain & Company, and an analyst for Starling Bank.

Leah has a Masters in Mathematics from Oxford University.

Hayden Wood


Hayden Wood is Co-founder of Bulb, a technology-led energy supplier. Bulb uses automation in its operations to deliver green energy at lower cost than conventional, fossil fuel suppliers. Before founding Bulb, Hayden studied economics at LSE and spent 10 years as a management consultant, first at Monitor Group and then Bain & Company.

Nanxi Liu


Nanxi Liu is CEO and co-founder of Enplug, a leading digital signage software company. She is also co-founder of Nanoly Bioscience, which develops polymers that eliminate refrigeration for vaccines. Nanxi was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and Fortune's 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. As a producer, Nanxi received an Emmy Award for The Bay, an Amazon TV Show. Nanxi studied at UC Berkeley.

Martijn Kaag

Martijn is founder of 2050 Foundation, which aims to help social enterprises grow. He also founded Connectis, and acted as its CEO for 10 years before it was acquired by SIDN in 2017.

Meet our team

Meet the team behind the pledge