How I Give: Staying Sane in Lockdown with Mike Nolet

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How I Give

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.

Episode 1

COVID-19: Staying Sane in Lockdown with Mike Nolet, Founder of LiveBetter

Mike Nolet founded LiveBetter in 2015 to help others incorporate well-being and mindfulness activities into their daily lives, just as he tries to do in his own life. He does a bit of everything at LiveBetter, from writing code to fundraising. Over the past five years, LiveBetter has reached thousands of people around the world through their interactive, conversational app experience paired with engaging, evidence-based activities. Their research has proven that the use of LiveBetter can decrease stress, boost confidence and support people through challenges such as anxiety, stress and self-confidence issues. LiveBetter technology was acquired by Ginger in March 2020. Prior to LiveBetter, Mike was the co-founder and CTO at AppNexus, which was acquired by AT&T in 2018 for close to $2 billion.

In today’s episode, Mike shares lessons from his own journey building AppNexus through the 2008 financial crisis, experiencing success and burn-out, and launching LiveBetter to promote positive behaviour change at scale.

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Philip Kasumu


Philip joined Founders Pledge as Growth Lead for Europe in January 2020. He has spent the last few years building health and wellness tech products in both London and New York. He's extremely passionate about tackling the global issue of obesity and diabetes in particular the impact of fizzy drinks. In addition to his passion for health and wellness reform Philip truly does drink the startup kool-aid and regularly nerds out on his weekly podcast Startup Handmedowns where he sits down with successful founders.

Philip studied Accounting and Management at the University of Essex.