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From Founder to Philanthropist
How I Give is a Founders Pledge podcast about entrepreneurship, philanthropy and social change. We talk to founders, philanthropists and social innovators about what drives them, how they are rethinking social impact, and how we can do philanthropy better.
From 16-year-old college graduate to two-time tech founder with Robby Walker
Robby Walker is a two-time technology startup founder. His first company, Zenter, created an online presentation editor acquired by Google in 2007. His second company, Cue, built a personal search / digital assistant product and was backed by Sequoia Capital and technology incubator Y Combinator. Robby led the Y Combinator nonprofit program from 2016 to 2018, advising and selecting nonprofits to be accelerated alongside technology startups, including New Incentives, which is now a GiveWell top charity. He also serves on the board of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a holistic poverty alleviation NGO based in Kenya.
In this episode of How I Give, we chat to Robby about his fascinating personal journey, his entrepreneurial career and why he decided to take the pledge.
- Read our interpretation of GiveWell's research on using cash transfers to alleviate poverty and find out why we recommend high-impact charity GiveDirectly.
- Discover the work of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO).
- Read our blog series about why we created a Global Health & Development Fund to tackle the vast global inequalities in health, wealth and opportunity.
- Find out how, like Robby, you can support Founders Pledge operations and become a Sustaining Partner.
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