"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.
"Founder’s 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.
"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.
"The 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.
The Founders Pledge is a revolutionary approach to early stage philanthropy.
José Neves, Founder, Farfetch
"Our duty, and my desire, is to open doors for others."
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.
"I made the Founders Pledge because I wanted to formalise my commitment to give back to society in advance of any exit. I look forward to sharing my thinking with the community and learning from others point of view. I truly believe in giving back and I hope my pledging will motivate others to join."
Sina is co-founder of Markafoni, Turkey's first and leading online fashion site. Markafoni was the first homegrown internet company to expand beyond the borders of Turkey, launching sites in Australia, Ukraine, Greece and Poland from 2009-2011. Markafoni won several awards including “Best Web Start-up 2011”, “Best Online Fashion Site" in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was ranked in the Wired UK 100 hottest companies in Europe in 2012 and 2013. Markafoni was aquired by the Naspers Group in 2011, in one of Turkey's biggest internet deals to date. Sina is also an active angel investor in early stage start-ups and is the Chairman of the Entrepreneur Foundation. Sina has previously been voted “Internet Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Business Angel of the Year” in Turkey. In 2014 Sina was also voted one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Tech in Europe. Prior to founding Markafoni, Sina spent 5 years working at eBay and 12 years with KPMG. Sina received a "Diplom Kaufmann" from Münster University and speaks five languages.
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.
"I made my Founder's Pledge because I want to help promote awareness of the responsibility of founders and entrepreneurs to give where there is need, recognising the tremendous opportunities given to us."
As co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey, Ben Medlock invented the intelligent keyboard for smartphones and tablets that has transformed typing on touchscreens. The company’s mission is to make it easy for everyone to create and communicate on mobile.
SwiftKey is best known for its smart typing technology which learns from each user to accurately autocorrect and predict their most-likely next word, and features on more than 250 million devices to date. SwiftKey Keyboard for Android is used by millions around the world and recently went free on Google Play after two years as the global best-selling paid app. SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone and iPad launched in September 2014, following the success of iOS note-taking app SwiftKey Note.
SwiftKey has been named the No 1 hottest startup in London by Wired magazine, ranked top 5 in Fast Company’s list of the most innovative productivity companies in the world and has won a clutch of awards for its innovative products and workplace.
Ben has a First Class degree in Computer Science from Durham University and a PhD in Natural Language and Information Processing from the University of Cambridge.
"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.
"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.
"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.
Founders Pledge aligns with my core values and I'm proud to make a public pledge of support for important causes.
Nicolas Cary, Founder, Blockchain
Founder, 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.
"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.
"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.
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.
Alexander Asseily is the founder and Executive Chairman of London based semantic web start-up State. Prior to State Alexander was the founding CEO of Jawbone, the largest venture capital-backed consumer electronics company in the world, where he served as Executive Chairman until 2015. Jawbone is the industry leader in mobile lifestyle products including the award winning ICON wireless headsets, JAMBOX speakers, and UP wellness solutions.
Alexander also serves as the Chairman of Chiaro, a London-based wearable technology startup, whose first product Elvie is a smart pelvic floor muscle exercise tracker for women.
Alexander grew up in Beirut and London before receiving his BSc & MSc in Engineering Design from Stanford University.
Founder and COO
" I joined Founders Pledge because it's a fantastic opportunity to both support charities, and encourage young entrepreneurs. As a founder of a startup business, it's often difficult to find the resource (in terms of time or money) to donate as much to charity as I'd like. Founders Pledge makes that easy, helping me find, connect with and support the causes that are close to my heart."
Eamon Jubbawy is the co-founder and COO of Onfido. Eamon manages the company’s international growth and expansion, and was this year named as one of Forbes' ‘30 Under 30’ entrepreneurs . Prior to Onfido, Eamon worked at Credit Suisse as well as serving as Vice President of the Oxford Entrepreneurs Society. Eamon studied Economics and Management at Oxford University.
CEO and Founder
"Founders Pledge is a product of brilliant design. I appreciate the well-thought out structure, deep research on worthy charitable causes and the skilled, caring staff."
Mark is an entrepreneurial go-to-market specialist; a CEO with a focus on sales, marketing and business development. His greatest professional passions include creating new billion dollar categories in technology and developing new leaders.
Along the way, Mark has lived in Toronto, Silicon Valley, Chicago and Singapore. He has also founded 6 companies, raised more than 15 rounds of financing, hired over 250 people, built 7 offices around the world, and helped a lot of people realize their dreams.
The ideas that Mark is excited about these days include Holacracy - radical empowerment, pushing decision-making to the edges of the company; how category creators should market and innovate differently from category entrants; the role of advocacy in creating the most successful companies.
His specialties include: Creating cultures that are a competitive advantage, recruiting talent, strategic alliances, corporate finance, sales compensation design, positioning, lead generation, product management, big deal sales, learning organizations.
"I believe that every entrepreneur, regardless of the stage of their business should be able to help make a difference. The Founders Pledge makes that possible."
Andy McLoughlin is co-founder of Huddle, the enterprise cloud collaboration company.
Huddle is now used by more than 100,000 organisations worldwide and has raised more than $40M in venture funding from leading investors including Matrix Partners, Jafco Ventures, DAG Capital, In-Q-Tel (colloquially known as 'the venture arm of the CIA'), Eden Ventures, and WebEx founder Subrah Iyar.
A firm favourite with government organisations, Huddle works with 80% of central UK government departments, including the Cabinet Office and Crown Prosecution Service. Globally recognized brands such as SEGA, P&G, Kia Motors and Unilever also use Huddle to share and work on content with teams inside and outside of their organisations.
Based in San Francisco, Andy manages Huddle’s growing U.S. presence and is responsible for corporate development and product strategy. Andy is also an active early-stage angel investor, working with amazing companies like Pipedrive, Postmates, Buffer, Secret Escapes, Rolepoint, Intercom and Apiary.
"At ustwo our mission is to make a positive and measurable difference to the world through product development. Taking the Founders Pledge was a no brainer in terms of accelerating that mission. The pledge allows me to make a positive and measurable difference to the causes close to my heart."
Matt Miller is co-founder of ustwo, a digital product studio with offices in London, New York, Malmö & Sydney. Ustwo pushes the frontiers of digital product design to create some of the world’s best digital experiences & products. Ustwo is recognized for producing industry-changing technology. One of it’s biggest successes was the game ‘Monument Valley’ that won the Apple Design Award 2014, Apple Game of the Year 2014, 2 BAFTAs & 3 GDCs. In 2014, Matt also co-founded ustwo’s first joint venture, DICE, a music discovery & ticketing app. Matt’s true passion is inspiring & bringing people together; he brings unrivalled energy to his companies & has created a unique working culture focused on collaboration.
Before cofounding Vicarious, Scott was CEO of Frogmetrics (Y Combinator S2008), Entrepreneur in Residence at Founders Fund, CXO at OnlySecure (acquired by NetShops) and MarchingOrder (Ben Franklin Partners). Scott's design work has been featured in 16 magazines and 3 museums, including the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Scott earned his BAS in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.
"The Founders Pledge is well aligned with my values and provides me with the opportunity to commit to social causes early on. Pledging publically comes with future responsibility that I am happy to take."
Rouven is Founding and Managing Partner of the Berlin-based (pre-)seed VC Cavalry Ventures at which he contributes his expertise in strategic decision making, e.g. investment strategies, portfolio management as well as fundraising support to back the growth of portfolio companies.
Prior to Cavalry, Rouven invested privately in more than 35 startups worldwide that have created over $1.5bn in shareholder value. Among them are companies such as Tradeshift (world's largest network for businesses), Simplesurance (leading online provider for product insurances).
Rouven started his career at KPMG as a consultant in the Financial Risk Management practice. He then supported Morten Sondergaard in his investment activities and joined the early/mid stage VC fund Capnamic Ventures.
Aside from being experienced in the digital economy, Rouven possesses strong ties to the old economy as he grew up closely connected to his family’s business, Dresselhaus GmbH & Co KG, one of the largest providers of screws and fastening parts in Europe. Other than taking the Founders Pledge, he is an avid supporter of and donor for YUNUS Social Business to generate sustainable social impact.
Rouven holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration from EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (with distinction) and a Master of Finance from EAE Business School, Barcelona (honors).
"I am trying to help millions of people reaching their full potential every day at Peak and I really believe that joining the Founders Pledge is a meaningful additional way for me to give back to the people who might need it the most. It is my privilege to be committing a share of a potential exit proceeds to causes that I strongly support and I encourage more founders to do the same."
Xavier is the Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Peak, the #1 self-improvement mobile app designed to help you improve your mental skills with fun, challenging games, reaching goals and building healthy habits. In April 2015 Peak completed a $7m Series A financing round, supported by Creandum and DN Capital & has raised more than $10m to date. Before launching Peak, Xavier was a serial product manager in gaming (Playfish, Electronic Arts) and e-commerce (Amazon).
"At the heart of being a Founder is a desire to make something better, to make a difference - and at the heart of being a successful Founder is the ability to do this with purpose and for the long term. To succeed for the long term requires the unhelpful dogma of shareholder value to be replaced, as it is, by the old and much better common sense of creating shared value for all stakeholders. This means, that as a Founder I have a responsibility, extrinsic to me and to the firm. For me, making the Founder's Pledge is therefore a natural thing to do. And if Founder's Forum, and doing it publicly, can help stimulate other tech Founder's to do the same - then together we can help contribute even more and play our part in helping make the world a better place"
James is a Partner at The Foundation, working collaboratively as a growth architect to help leaders build famous customer centric organisations. His clients include: HSBC, Save the Children, Tesco, Eurostar, Just Giving. He is also a core team member of FutureAgenda.org, the world's leading open foresight programme, looking at the world in 2025. James was previously a Founder and CEO of Zopa, the world’s first peer to peer lender, and prior to that Strategy Director at Egg during its early growth period. James continues to actively support the RSPB, the UK's largest nature conservation organisation, where he was previously a Trustee, and Chairs GEN Community Ventures, a leader in community owned energy investment. James is also an advisor to several early stage social finance initiatives (Seedrs, LandBay, Spacehive, LootBank). James holds an MBA from INSEAD and a 1st class honours degree from University College, London. He is also a birdwatcher and was lucky enough to be part of a team who re-discovered three species of bird, previously considered by many to be extinct.
"I've always been interested in applying the lessons I've learned about scaling companies to problems for which there's a social and moral imperative. Founders Forum For Good was an obvious way for me to formalize my commitment to making a difference, and leverage the dedication and resources of like-minded entrepreneurs."
Justin is co-founder and COO of DueDil a private company research tool for lead generation and credit risk management. DueDil has raised $24 million from US and European investors including Oak Investment Partners, Notion Capital, Passion Capital and a series of prominent angels, and is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the UK. Justin was previously involved with two other prominent venture-backed companies, establishing offices for them in Asia and Europe. He occasionally tweets @ojfutures.