"I pledged because I am really excited about the Founders Pledge community and startup charities/ social businesses. "
I founded LRTT which is a social business working to train teachers all over the world. We are excited to be part of this community.
"I strongly believe in using business as a vehicle for doing good. Business creates better jobs, better working conditions, better pay; it can improve society step by step. By donating to charities via the pledge, I have one more way of doing good with my venture, and that makes me very happy."
David graduated with a Computer Science from Queen’s College, in New York. This tech background allowed him to found multiple companies. His first big venture was a social games company that at peak days had over 100,000 users. David is proud of the fact that some of his games actively gave to charity as part of the video game process, saving thousands of acres of real rainforest for years to come.
In his latest venture, as CEO and co-founder of Chessable, David has embarked on a mission to improve learning and education. David obtained a Master’s in the Psychology of Education, with distinction, from the University of Bristol, and is using his newly acquired knowledge to help build the educational technology of the future.
Patrick is the co-founder of Naytev, a Y Combinator-backed company that provides social media A/B testing and publishing optimization. Prior to starting Naytev, Patrick was an economist in the energy sector, with a focus on renewable energy. In his free time he likes to hike and ski.
"My belief in karma makes me believe that what you put out, you get back and if all founders committed to pledge the collective benefit will be huge, Huge changes from relatively small pledges are a great thing to spread and however small my part I relish the chance to have a go! "
I set out to create a business that would make a change to the lives of the small guy and help them on the road to making it big.
The first two times have been for behemoths as an agent and I have helped broke people start businesses from their kitchen table and it has made them wealthy.
This time I wanted to build a connected community as a business owner and my commitment is to build the world's most connected entrepreneur community and help thousands of sole traders to make a life work (more fun than a work life) to be proud of.
This is a space in which entrepreneur education meets hospitality and flexible workspace.
"I joined Founders Pledge to further support the advancement of entrepreneurship programs at my alma mater Northwestern University and to fight for a cure for Diabetes. "
James is the President of Avant where he oversees Operations, Marketing, Product, Technology and Human Resources, globally.
At its core, Avant is a tech company that is dedicated to creating innovative and practical financial products for all consumers. Avant has secured more than $4 billion in institutional funding to date and more than 600,000 personal loans have been issued through the Avant platform.
"Joining the Founders Pledge was an obvious way for me to give back in a meaningful manner to the people who might need it the most. I strongly encourage and hope more founders will join the pledge."
Jeremy is the Co-founder & Head of Design at Sunrise, a successful calendar application which was set to reinvent the way you manage your time. In February 2015 Sunrise was acquired by Microsoft for $100M and fully integrated into what now is Outlook Mobile.
Prior to launching Sunrise, Jeremy was an interaction designer who worked at various startups both in NY and SF.
""Money is a means to an end. Make it mean something.""
Mathieu is the cofounder of OpenClassrooms, an online Education company whose mission is to make Education accessible.
Mathieu started his first website in 1999 as a student when he was 13 to help people learn how to code. His website evolved to become the OpenClassrooms company in 2007.
Today, OpenClassrooms helps more than 3 million people in the world every month to learn new skills with more than 1200 courses. OpenClassrooms has been the first company in Europe to deliver State-endorsed degrees available fully online and focuses on helping them to find a new job: OpenClassrooms reimburses the students if they don't get a job 6 months after graduation.
Having raised 8M€, OpenClassrooms is expanding its offerings in English, Spanish and French to help people become developers, webmarketers, entrepreneurs, designers, and more.
Srini is co-founder and Chief Risk Officer of Aire Labs, a fintech company that uses machine learning to predict credit scores based on a customer's future behaviour. He is also the founder and CEO of Agvesto, a platform for agricultural insurance and bonds.
Srini has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering for the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Head of Business Development
"I have found a community of like-minded people within the founders community. We have the same values. In times where the world seems to go in the opposite direction (politically) we should pull together and help make this world a tiny bit better!"
I am an orthopaedic surgeon and co-founder of www.doctify.co.uk . I am originally from Vienna but moved to London because of love. I generally do a lot of things out of Love.
"I am ludicrously lucky. I was born into an amazing family, given a first class education and I'm surrounded by brilliant people. Life could be so different. And for so many people all over the world, it is. If I'm fortunate enough to benefit from a meaningful exit, it's my responsibility, not my choice, to invest in something positive. Thanks FP for making this easy."
I am Cofounder of online radio platform Mixcloud. Over the past 7 years I've worked with an amazing team of people to grow the company from a couple of guys in a warehouse in Wembley to the world's biggest community of DJs and music curators, reaching 15 million people a month - all with no funding!
I am a regular speaker at conferences including the Guardian Changing Media Summit, Amsterdam Dance Event, International Music Summit, International Radio Festival, The Great Escape, Rio Music Conference and many more on a range of topics including the music industry, digital media, brands and advertising, entrepreneurship, rights & IP.
I also enjoy DJing (spinning a range of sounds and styles taking in soul, boogie, disco, hip-hop and house) and dancing (via my side project Dance Club!) and I am trustee of a charity called East London Dance.
"It's easy to be progressive when you don't have skin in the game. Founders Pledge helps make that a reality for you."
Matt Hunter is an entrepreneur, social activist, and artist. He is currently the CEO of Founders Pledge Inc. Previously, Matt was the co-founder of the WiFi marketing business Turnstyle, which was acquired by Yelp in April 2017. Before that, Matt was an artist, making electronic pop music under the moniker Natural Animal.
"I believe deeply and passionately about building a society in which everyone feels valued, respected and equal. I hope my company and it's products have a tangible impact on this shift, but I know it won't stop there. "
Founder of Wurqs. Builder of products, brands and communities for 10 years. ustwo and Burberry alum.
Ian co-founded Laundry Republic in 2009, and is revolutionising how London does dry cleaning with their award-winning, 24/7 service through lockers in residential blocks and offices. They now serve over 350 locations throughout London with a team of 50 people.
Previously, he worked for OC&C Strategy Consultants in London, and General Capital Group, an activist hedge fund, in Munich. Ian studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, followed by International Relations and Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His favourite author is Iain M Banks. He believes people find his dry cleaning stories funny at dinner parties, but he's never quite sure.
Founder & Chief Momentum Officer, Hubrix
"Pledging a portion of the proceeds of a hypothetical future windfall to vetted charitable organizations is a categorical imperative. I love my startup, but I would rather see it crash than fail as a human being."
Founder @hubrixco. #Startups, #Philosophy, Prose, #OpenSource Code, Education, Self-organizing Systems, Music, process (re)design, life. #RESTful #API #DevOps. https://www.hubrix.co/
Barbara is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Hardware Club, an investment firm that helps startups with a focus on robotics, artificial intelligence and internet of things scale globally.
She is the youngest female founder of a VC fund in Europe, and is amongst the top 10 women to watch in Tech in 2018.
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.
"It’s a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to give back to the society and have a positive impact. It’s something that I wanted to do for long but kept waiting for the right time - and of course we all know that most of the time the right time is now. Founders Pledge just makes it amazingly easy for any entrepreneur to commit to doing so. Thank you!"
Anisha Singh is the Founder and CEO of mydala.com. Under her leadership, mydala has grown from an idea to the leading marketing platform in India with over 40 million registered users, has worked with more than 150,000 merchants, present in 209 cities and Dubai.
She won the Zee TV Outstanding Young Entrepreneur 2016 and the INC / eTales Awards for e-Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 awards. She is a noted expert on entrepreneurship, women equality at the workplace and e-commerce, having spoken at international conferences like the Mobile World Congress, Wired, Tedx and Start-up India.
Anisha sits on the advisory council for the Kogod School of Business, American University, of which she is also an alumna. She is also a judge on the start-up reality show called Dropout Pvt Ltd. on MTV. Her focus now is towards building a future where women’s success stories are accepted as the norm and not the exception.
"As inventors and industry disruptors, we pride ourselves on implementing frictionless experiences that leave an end-consumer with something far superior than what the status quo has provided them. Like my professional aspirations, I believe that we can change the world with this same mindset, by always striving to leave things we are a part of and the people we interact with better than we found them. I have joined the Founders Pledge as they share these same values by providing a diverse outlet to improve entrepreneurs at every level."
Francisco is the founder of Clicpiso, the first startup in Spain that enables consumers to sell their house in 7 days seamlessly through a more simple, transparent and digital experience. Clicpiso was launched in September 2017 and has raised millions of euros among top investors.
Before Clicpiso, Francisco worked 7 years in Investment Banking at Santander Bank in NYC and Boston.
Francisco graduated from CUNEF and is an active angel investor.
Jason is the Founder & CEO of illumr.
Founded in 2013, and with a decade of research behind it, illumr helps organisations better understand and predict patterns of behaviour that affect them.
illumr turns complex datasets into understandable 3D patterns to reveal insights that all other analytical tools and methodologies may miss. To date, illumr has worked with government departments, large financial institutions and housing organisations.
Jason has a proven track record of identifying early-stage, high-growth technology markets and executing business as a first-mover. He co-founded one of the first internet companies in the UK, which won global awards delivering to an international blue-chip client base.
His background is in designing electronic, computer and software systems for the oil & aerospace industries.
Jason holds a 1st Class MEng (Hons) from Aston University.
"How could something this important not change in 40 to 50 years?"
-- Newsweek cover article 29 April 2016
Thang is the Co-founder & CEO of Callaly - a revolutionary new feminine care product for women, invented by our Chief Medical Officer, a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. The new product / product category has been developed based on decades of experience with thousands of women from many different socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
Callaly has successfully been granted several patent families covering over 85% of the $30b global marketplace including the US, China, Europe, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Canada. Advanced user trials feedback has been exceptional and product launch initially in the UK 7 Germany is earmarked for Q3 2017.
Thang is a graduate of MIT and started his career in the investing banking and principal investing departments of Goldman Sachs in NY & London.
"I've succeeded partly through hard work, but also through a huge dose of good luck. Luck is a scarce commodity and I want to create some for others. "
Adrian became Chief Operating Officer at Just Eat in early 2011, when it was a Series A startup. As the longest serving member of the executive team he played an instrumental role in turning Just Eat into one of the most successful tech companies in Europe. After listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2014 it has gone on to be one of the fastest growing stocks in the FTSE 250. Prior to Just Eat Adrian held senior roles at Spotify and Google. He was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2004. He worked for Population Services International in Nepal for two summers during the MBA, and grew up in Lesotho (southern Africa).
Engaging in philanthropy following a successful exit is one way a founder can recognise the good fortune inherent in success and 'give something back'.
I learned about Founders Pledge a year or so before my own exit, and quickly saw the value in both encouraging founders to commit to giving, and also providing a framework to facilitate the effective use of donations.
BEN MEDLOCK – CO-FOUNDER, SWIFTKEY
Engaging in philanthropy following a successful exit is one way a founder can recognise the good fortune inherent in success and “give something back”. I learned about Founders Pledge a year or so before my own exit, and quickly saw the value in both encouraging founders to commit to giving, and also providing a framework to facilitate the effective use of donations.
Following the exit, Founders Pledge helped me to think through where I should donate to maximise impact and to explore some of the more challenging questions around my motivation for giving. The process was efficient and painless, and I’m looking forward to working further with the team in future.
Altruism is always a combination of emotional and rational motivations, and it gives our lives a purpose.
Seeing Founders Pledge apply data-science to charitable giving was fascinating and really reaffirmed that this initiative was the one for me.
SARAH WOOD – FOUNDER, UNRULY
What I really like about Founders Pledge is that I feel like part of a movement. It is also very true to our mission at Unruly, measuring impact and sharing a message. Altruism is always a combination of emotional and rational motivations, and it gives our lives a purpose. Seeing Founders Pledge apply data-science to charitable giving was fascinating and really reaffirmed that this initiative was the one for me.
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 a Founders Pledge, that would have been me too.
ALEX DEPLEDGE – FOUNDER AND CEO, HASSLE.com
Hand on heart, I had never thought about exiting Hassle.com – of course I made up some companies that might buy us for my pitch deck, but I hadn’t actually ever thought I would exit or what that meant. So when I did, I actually found it quite traumatic. Oh, I know... first world problems and all that, but here I was - suddenly wealthy - and all I felt was guilt that I didn’t deserve it. Founders Pledge was a balm to that. A strange kind of therapy.
Signing up to Founders Pledge was very real for me because I was negotiating our sale at the same time. It wasn’t some far off event. I gave it very detailed thought and, quite frankly, it turned out to be a no brainer.
What I most liked about the process was 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 a Founders Pledge, that would have been me too.
What I was most surprised about is the level of support I received. The deployment team listened to what I was most passionate about (Mental Health and Sex Slavery of Women), went away, and then came back with a comprehensive research report that highlighted the best way I could support those charities. They identified the best charities in terms of outcomes, data-driven giving and transparency. I now know that the money I’ve donated will actually help to free women from sexual slavery. That means a lot to me. I know the outcome and the impact I have had. My giving was effective.
What I have been most impressed with is the connection to like-minded, off-the-chart empathetic, thoughtful and in some cases mind-blowingly bright people. The Founders Pledge dinners host fascinating speakers that have really opened my eyes to how much good and impact even small efforts can have. At Founders Pledge Forum I left with my intellect slightly bruised, but walking taller and more full of hope than I had been in years.
What I am most in love with is David Goldberg. He’s not only wicked smart, so I know my giving is in safe hands, but he has assembled a world-class team around him. He has started a movement - one I am very proud to be a part of!