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Stories From the Founders Pledge Community

Member Stories

Member Stories

The simple path to impact

By: Ben Medlock

Learn how Ben Medlock, technologist and founder of Swiftkey, applied his lessons from business to his philanthropy. Find out which charitable donation he found most impactful.

Member Stories

Transforming through philanthropy

By: Damien Lane

Investor Damien Lane used to allocate his philanthropy without much care, until an event completely changed his outlook. He breaks down how his giving has transformed as a result.

Member Stories

What selling my business taught me about altruism

By: Matt Hunter

Want to give back to your community when your business scales? Entrepreneur Matt Hunter shares his most important lessons for smart donating after he sold his startup to Yelp.

Insights from the Research Team

Insights from the Research Team

COVID-19: It’s not too late to act

By: John Halstead

A look at humanity’s response to COVID-19, the action we can take, and how to reduce the risk of the next pandemic.

Insights from the Research Team

Climate and Lifestyle: policy matters

By: John Halstead & Johannes Ackva

Advice on how to live a climate-friendly lifestyle is typically dominated by adjectives rather than numbers. We might, for example, be told that reusing plastic bags and switching to a plant-based diet have a huge effect on the climate.

Insights from the Research Team

Climate and Lifestyle: donations and offsetting

By: John Halstead & Johannes Ackva

Emissions per person vary considerably even across rich countries: the average American emits 18 tonnes of CO2 per year, whereas the average Swede emits only 7 tonnes.

Philanthropic Thinking

Philanthropic Thinking

Is silicon valley solving the problems that matter most?

By: Jeremy Le Van

A successful entrepreneur ponders the culture change in tech, and whether more effort is required for entrepreneurs to have real social impact. His conclusion is clear.

Philanthropic Thinking

10 startups reshaping business's impact on climate change

By: Alex Comninos

As the economy struggles to adapt, many tech startups are setting an example for how to be environmen friendly. These are the most promising new businesses tackling climate change right now.

Philanthropic Thinking

8 startups driving global financial inclusion

By: Alex Comninos

Is financial inclusion just another buzzword in fintech, or can it make a real difference to the poor? Our tech expert breaks down the most promising startups innovating on it right now.