Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service.
Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Nelson went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.
"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.
Co-founder & CEO
"It's important that founders think long-term, beyond themselves and their own businesses. For that reason I'm using Founders Pledge to contribute towards the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, which focuses on research for AI safety."
Riva-Melissa Tez is the CEO and Co-Founder of Permutation, a San Francisco based database platform and development studio specializing in emerging artificial intelligence-related technologies. Permutation uses its database and industry knowledge to scout for talent and opportunities, developing the next generation of AI companies through it's Entrepreneur-In-Residence program. She has held teaching positions at the DAB and HTW Business Schools in Germany and has presented at Oxford, Birkbeck and Stanford. Riva writes for a number of publications on topics such as existential risk, artificial intelligence, finance and philosophy.
Co-founder & CEO of DueDil
"As a company founder, both time and money can be in short supply. The Founders Pledge helps entrepreurs get involved with charities in a meaningful way, even before they might have the material resources to do so."
Damian Kimmelman is the founder and CEO of DueDil, the London-based fintech business whose vision is to organise the world’s private company information and which was recently listed among Wired magazine’s Hottest Startups in Europe.
In March 2014, DueDil completed a $17m Series B financing round, supported by Oak Investment Partners, Notion Capital and Passion Capital and has raised $22m since April 2013.
Before launching DueDil, Damian set up two other businesses: a peer-to-peer Chinese gaming platform and a digital agency whose clients included the BBC, Virgin and General Motors.
In June 2015, he was named “International Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tech City News.
Co-founder of Entrepreneur First
Alice is co-founder of Entrepreneur First which identifies and invests in Europe's top technologists. Entrepreneur First focuses on supporting technical founders at the very earliest stage - usually pre-company - and works closely with them for six months to help them turn deep technology into fast-growing companies, which include AdBrain, Prizeo, Blaze Components, Sparrho, ClickMechanic, Mavrx, Spacious, Permutive, Code Kingdoms, Echobox, Magic Pony Technologies, Tractable, Pi Top, CaseHub and many more. Alice was previously at McKinsey & Co.
Dileep is the co-founder of Vicarious, which is building a unified algorithmic architecture to achieve human-level intelligence in vision, language, and motor control. Before this, Dileep was CTO of Numenta, an AI company he cofounded with Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky. Dileep has authored 22 patents and several influential papers on the mathematics of brain circuits. Dileep's research on hierarchical models of the brain earned him a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He earned his MS in EE from Stanford and his BS from IIT in Bombay.
"I feel humbled and privileged to donate my equity to the Cabify Foundation. "
Brendan is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Fifth Wall.
Brendan was Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $33M of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014.
Brendan co-founded Cabify, a ridesharing service in Latin America, operating in 14 countries and 35 cities. Cabify has raised $160M.
Brendan owns Otter Rock Capital which has invested $29M into 65 companies, including early investments in DollarShaveClub, Earnest, Bonobos, Zenefits, Classpass, Cabify, Philz Coffee, OpenDoor, Clara, Tripping, Clutter and many more.
Brendan worked at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity.
Brendan received an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Princeton University. Born in New York City, Brendan is 33 years old and an avid skier, kiteboarder, triathlete and mountaineer (having summited 4 of the 7 Summits). Brendan is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Co-founder of Zopa
"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 Founders Pledge is 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.
At the heart of being a Founder is a desire to make something better, to make a difference. And for me For me, making Founders Pledge is a natural thing to do.
James Alexander, Co-founder of Zopa
"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.
"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.
"I made the Founders Pledge to guarantee that some portion of any personal wealth I generate is going to causes beyond my current reach. Moreover, the pledge serves as a persistent reminder of what the end game is for any real entrepreneur. To make the world a better place in anyway you can."
Stephen is co-founder and CEO of FreedomPop, the disruptive and highly publicized mobile carrier which has raised over $55 million in financing to date. Stephen leads all aspects of company development including product innovation, customer acquisition and partner alliances. Prior to FreedomPop, Stephen served as Woo Media's CEO where he headed one of the Internet's largest and most innovative interactive video companies. Under Stephen's leadership, Woo Media built a multi-million dollar revenue stream, raised $19 million in capital and was successfully sold in November 2011. Stephen also served as British Telecom’s VP of Strategy and Product Development through 2007. At BT, he lead product innovation and generated over $500 million in new wave revenue putting BT in the forefront of online communications, digital media and open Wi-Fi. He holds two graduate degrees, a MBA from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Jacqueline is CEO, Co-Founder, and Chairman of BrightLine Partners LLC, the leading provider of IP-delivered video across the entire OTT and connected TV landscape, enabling the world’s premier content players and top brands to deliver engageable video experiences to any screen premium video is now viewed. BrightLine has received an Emmy and multiple Media Excellence awards for their groundbreaking work in the interactive video and ad technology space. Prior to co-founding BrightLine in 2003, Jacqueline was president of Aston Associates, where she directed the company-wide and end-to-end business redesign of major corporations worldwide. She is also passionate and deeply involved in the UN Sustainable Development initiatives, in particular SD Goals 7 (Sustainable cities) and 11 (Sustainable energy), as well as the continuing scale up efforts for the UN's original Millennium Development Goals.
Co-Founder and CTO
"Many of us owe a large part of our success to the simple accident of being born in the right time and place. I strongly believe it is therefore incumbent upon us privileged few to work as hard as possible to make the world a better place and create more opportunity for others, and the Founder's Pledge is a fantastic chance to do just that."
Jacob Rosenberg is the Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of LendUp, a technology startup that aims to provide anyone with a path to better financial health. As a technologist with over twenty years' experience architecting large scale web applications, he is focused on using technology to solve challenging problems and improve people’s lives. Prior to launching LendUp in October of 2012, Jacob was the 80th employee at Yahoo! and helped create some of the most enduring Yahoo! products, such as Yahoo! Search, News, Auctions, and Travel. He was most recently a platform architect for Zynga. Jacob has a B.A. in Computer Science from Rice University.
His cause areas of focus include animal welfare, existential risks, global poverty, and economic and financial inclusion and empowerment.
"We're all so much heads down in building our companies that we often forget about the greater good. Founders Pledge is a great way to take a broader perspective and make the right choice."
Nicolas is a firm believer of “culture-first” companies and is focusing on building just that at Algolia where he champions team empowerment. Prior to co-founding Algolia with Julien, he spent 12 years working in information retrieval at Exalead and Thales. He is now using that experience to make sure Algolia takes the lead in redefining how people interact with data.
Nicolas holds an M.S. from ESIEA and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Nantes University.
"We should be using the humanity's resources to make this world a bit 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, 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.
William Todd is the co-founder and CTO at Nutmeg, the world's first online investment management company that offers complete transparency & accessibility to all customers. William has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, serving in management, development & design capacities. He has designed & built software for the financial services industry, including developing derivatives exchanges across Europe & Asia. William previously served as CTO for an online trading platform for banks & brokers, & built a gaming platform based on a trading metaphor.
"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.
CEO of FlexEnable
Chuck Milligan is CEO of FlexEnable, the leader in flexible electronics technology for wearables & sensors. Chuck has over 20 years’ commercial & general management experience across the globe in the semiconductor, consumer electronics, communications, industrial & aerospace markets. Previously, Chuck was CEO of Heptagon, the leading micro-optics company, & EM Test, a PE-backed EMC company, & has held commercial leadership positions in Nortel, JDSU, Bookham & Harris. Chuck has spent 20 years in Switzerland & is now in Cambridge. He love skiing, hiking, live music & adventure in general.
"We all have different ways we can make the world a better place: for me, I do this through investing in next technology start-ups but great initiatives like Founders Pledge allow me to leverage my success even further for social good."
Jean-Charles is co-founder of Expliseat which has revolutionized aircraft seating for economy class through new technologies: weight divided by three, more comfort, more durability. Titanium Seat is certified worldwide and flying on several airlines, generating massive fuel and CO2 savings.
Most recently, Jean-Charles co-founded alan, a new startup which uses data to predict disease and send patients to specialist appointments before they start showing symptoms. The aim to change healthcare from passive and actuarial model to one of prevention and action.
He has been awarded French Industry Medal by French Industry Minister and 2 Montgolfier Prices from French "Society for the Encouragement of National Industry", and was selected among the 100 in European aerospace. Jean-Charles is also the founder of a French think-tank focusing on future of technology with French young leaders and an investor in topics such as AI and biotech. Jean-Charles has two degrees, an MSc from Ponts et Chaussés and an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs.
Great initiatives like Founders Pledge allow me to leverage my success even further for social good.
Jean-Charles Samuelian, Founder
Co-founder & CTO of Digital Shadows
"I’m proud to support the Founders Pledge – there is real potential to make a meaningful and significant impact on the issues that concern us all."
James Chappell is the co-founder & CTO of Digital Shadows, the first company offering complete cyber situational awareness, protecting organisations from data loss & targeted cyber attacks. Headquartered in London & San Francisco, Digital Shadows services clients around the world, including some of the world’s biggest banks. In 2014 Digital Shadows was selected by the Bank of England to help define the CBEST framework for threat intelligence based security testing of the UK financial sector. James has over twelve years’ experience of technical information security acting as an advisor to large private sector & government organizations. Much of his work has involved counteracting the growth of crime & fraud in computer networks & developing effective ways of measuring & managing the information security big picture.
"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.
"The Founder’s Pledge is a great way for entrepreneurs to get together to give back and make a much bigger positive impact on society as a collective than we can as individuals."
Alastair Paterson is the co-founder & CEO of Digital Shadows, the first company offering complete Cyber Situational Awareness, protecting organisations from data loss & targeted cyber attacks. Headquartered in London & San Francisco, Digital Shadows services clients around the world, including some of the world’s biggest banks. In 2014 Digital Shadows was selected by the Bank of England to help define the CBEST framework for threat intelligence based security testing of the UK financial sector. Alastair is a well-known industry spokesman with multiple appearances on Bloomberg, BBC World & CNN & was named in the Financial News’ Top 50 FinTech Innovators of 2015 & City AM’s 2015 FinTech Power List. In 2015 Alastair accompanied the UK Prime Minister on a cyber security trade mission to the USA. Alastair received a MEng in Computer Science from the University of Bristol.
Alastair is the CEO and co-founder of Digital Shadows, the first company to offer its customers complete Cyber Situational Awareness, protecting organisations from data loss and targeted cyber attack. Digital Shadows enables organisations to exploit social, cloud and mobile technologies while keeping their security and reputations intact. With its dual headquarters in London and San Francisco, Digital Shadows services clients around the world, including some of the world’s largest banks.
The company has been recognised for innovation by the UK Technology Strategy Board, SWIFT, Cisco and Gartner and was selected for the inaugural London FinTech Innovation Lab run by Accenture. In 2014 Digital Shadows was selected by the Bank of England to help define the CBEST framework for threat intelligence based security testing of the UK financial sector. In 2015 Alastair accompanied the Prime Minister David Cameron on his cyber security trade mission to the USA, shortly after which the company announced it had raised $8m in venture capital, led by Storm Ventures from Silicon Valley.
With multiple TV appearances on Bloomberg, BBC World, CNN and CNBC amongst others Alastair has become a well-known industry spokesman for cyber security and London’t technology scene in general.
Alastair was named in Computer Weekly’s top 10 rising stars of 2013, Financial News’ FinTech 50: Innovators shaping the future of finance 2015 and City AM’s 2015 FinTech Power List. Alastair co-authored ‘The Impact of Open Source Intelligence on Cybersecurity’, a chapter in the book Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century.
Alastair received a first class MEng from the University of Bristol in Computer Science and has spent most of his career working with secure government and FTSE 100 clients, specializing in ‘big data’ risk and intelligence projects.
Before founding Digital Shadows, Alastair was International Propositions Manager at BAE Systems Detica.
The Founder’s Pledge is a great way for entrepreneurs to get together and make a much bigger positive impact on society than we can as individuals.
Alastair Paterson, Co-Founder
Co-founder of ustwo
"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.
Christian Faes is co-founder and CEO of LendInvest, the UK's leading online mortgage lender and one of the UK's fastest-growing FinTech companies. Christian and his business partner, Ian Thomas, launched LendInvest in 2013 to bring technology to the £1.2 trillion UK mortgage market, which is entirely offline and largely untouched by the FinTech movement. LendInvest's technology makes it easier and faster for creditworthy borrowers to access mortgage finance, and gives more people access to invest in secured property loans. Best known for its online investment platform, LendInvest also runs two discretionary, regulated funds for private clients and wealth managers, as well as several funding lines of behalf of UK and international banks.
Before LendInvest, Christian and Ian founded Montello which became one of the UK's leading short-term mortgage lenders, and out of which LendInvest was spun.
Christian is a qualified solicitor with corporate finance and real estate experience. He was previously a securitisation lawyer at Clifford Chance and in-house legal counsel for Deutsche Bank. Before founding Montello in 2008, Christian was involved in a mortgage lending business in his native Australia. Christian is also an active supporter of the FinTech and PropTech sectors, and an investor in startups such as Seedrs and Plentific.
Today, LendInvest is a well-capitalised and profitable company. By adopting a diversified lending model with a healthy mix of investors, the platform is well positioned for sustainable and sensible scale. To date, investors have invested more than £770m in loans to hundreds of borrowers to finance 2,600 new and rebuilt homes worth over £1.3 billion.
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!