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/
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.
Founder & CEO, mydala.com
"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.
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.
Co-founder & CEO, calla.ly
"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.
Chief Operating Officer
"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).
"We need to change the paradigm of giving and investing"
Dr. Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave, which provides early stage financing and advising to young firms. She is also a Visiting Scholar with the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was previously a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade and currently does economic consulting for a variety of public and private entities. She is also the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization working in Latin America, Africa, and India. (www.fsdinternational.org). Dr. Robb received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"First hand experience of the charity sector has taught me that 'giving away' money is frustratingly complex. Founders Pledge makes doing the right thing an awful lot easier. "
After thirteen years consuming financial data as first a broker, then principal trader, at an investment bank I founded AltFi Data to assist the development of tech enabled forms of financial intermediation. At AltFi Data we believe that third party verified and standardised disclosure allows originators to effectively demonstrate alignment, and investors to industrialize the due diligence process, allowing new asset classes to scale.
Meanwhile a hobby charity project in the education sector - http://www.momentum-scheme.com - which has developed beyond my initial expectations, has taught me how much can be achieved by altruism, to the benefit of all parties, and also how difficult it can be to 'do the right thing'.
I am really excited to be involved with Founders Pledge.
"There's something quite liberating about making a commitment to give. It frees up more thinking space to focus to matters that will help to make that gift as large as it can be. "
Co-founder of Airsorted. People use our service to enable them start businesses, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, cycle across continents, visit distant relatives. I love that.
"I am already committed to donating at least 50% of any exit earnings. The more of us that pledge publicly, the more others will do the same. "
I am a career marketing researcher and strategist and ran a consulting firm for 15 years with my business partner, Shamus Khan, who is the head of the Sociology Department at Columbia University. Our focus was on using the science of people (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economic) to help brands speed new growth. During our tenure, we built a roster of clients that included Columbia Business School, CHANEL, Citibank, The Economist, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz, LACMA, Sotheby's, the Whitney and the United Nations.
I've had cancer on and off for the last 15 years, and spent much of that time recovering from surgeries and treatment protocols. Through this I discovered a gap that needs filling. Once treatments end, so does information and support -- and yet this is when the hard work of healing begins.
MEND After Cancer is aiming to fill this gap by curating advice, products and services that speed healing. The core idea is a Recovery Registry, where friends, family and colleagues can contribute funds to a patient's account. The patient can then use these monies on things like seatbelt covers that protect sensitive chemo ports, meal delivery, or services like oncology massage and housecleaning.
We hope to expand to other areas of need where people "survive" a traumatic event, whether that be a heart attack, natural disaster, or rape. MEND is legally bound to contribute 10% of proceeds to under-resourced communities.
Founder and Managing Director
"If you are able to live a priviliged life care for those who are in need of help!"
After a ten+ year career in corporate and investment banking I founded Latifundium Management GmbH, a leading global investment management and advisory firm specialising in forestry and agriculture.
"I pledged because success is a result of a system and the system should be compensated too! Also, money has diminishing returns on happiness (after about $45,000/year), so I don't expect to benefit from the extra money."
I was a co-founder and CTO of Edify Technologies, which went through Techstars Boulder in 2015. I now work in blockchain for good to coordinate the building of a new operating system for humanity that optimizes for good/resiliency, not profit/speed.
Founder & CEO
"I truly beleive the "all for one and one for all" mentality in today's vastly polarised world where a few enjoy all the wonders of life while many suffer. We should all be part of the solution for a better vision of the future for humanity and our home, earth. "
Baris is a serial entrepreneur, a fit-tech evangelist, and a globally awarded marketing expert with 18 years experience in startups and blue chip companies. He is founder of Hailee, Fitwell, Pryd & Brand It; a Microsoft Accelerator & Founders Factory Alumni and named Lipton Mega Hero for his achievements by Unilever. He is a maker, dreamer and optimist!
"Because life is too short to wait for opportunities. "
Investment banker turned tech entrepreneur, I'm a mum of 2 toddlers so it is a wild juggling act every day. But oh, so fun!
"To be a founder is a privilege. To have a successful exit is an even greater privilege. And to be able to give back is the ultimate."
Paul has been working at the forefront of fintech for nearly 20 years. Born on a piece of tin in the jungle of Papua New Guinea, he grew up there before attending university in Australia and the UK. He is the Co-founder & CEO of Previse, the first algorithm-driven payment platform, and is on a mission to ensure that every supplier in the world can be paid instantly, at the fairest rate.
Paul is passionate about innovation. Paul was global co-head of Goldman Sachs' Principal Strategic Investments team, the corporate venturing unit that focuses on market structure-related strategy and investment opportunities. Paul is a serial entrepreneur and was part of the founding team of Volbroker.com in 1999 and recently co-founded Doctoring, the professional network for doctors. After Goldman, Paul was the CEO of Green Key Technologies, the voice-as-a-service collaboration platform for the financial markets focussed on unlocking the data in voice. Paul led the start-up from launch of its first commercial product to widespread engagement at senior levels across the industry with strategic deals with key IDBs and banks and positioned the company to be the global industry standard.
Paul earned an MBA from the London Business School in 2007, an LLM from the London School of Economics in 1999 and an LLB and BComm from the University of Queensland in 1995 and 1992, respectively. He represented Australia in Modern Pentathlon at world championship level and remains involved in the Olympic movement. Paul has twice recently been the winner of a noted ultra-endurance Quadrathlon race in the Highlands of Scotland.
He and his wife, Emily, have two children and live in Primrose Hill, London.
Co-founder & Director
""Founders Pledge is a simple, high-impact way to leverage one's success, no matter the size, to pay-it-forward.""
Santosh Sankar is co-founder of Dynamo, a venture fund focused on early stage technology businesses that have the potential to transform commerce and trade with a concentration in what is dubbed “logistics technology” that encompasses supply chain and transportation. Santosh also has experience running global accelerator programs and advising on various initiatives that support the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem. He founded two companies prior to graduating college including a digital content business. Previously, Santosh spent time at Citigroup's Insurance Banking practice and Wells Fargo's Technology Research group working with companies across the world. He is a proud alum of The Pennsylvania State University.
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!