Who are Founders Pledge? Innocent, Made.com, Algolia explain | Founders Pledge Forum 2017

Who are Founders Pledge? Innocent, Made.com, Algolia explain | Founders Pledge Forum 2017


Life is about multiplication. This is about an idea of leveraging and taking something while its small, but getting the maximum benefit of it in the future, when it’s big. When you are working at a startup you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to things maybe that matter even more than your startup, So in a sense when you have dreams of being impactful in other ways, or being altruistic, or being giving, they tend to just remain as dreams. Entrepreneurs do want to share some of the wealth they create, but find it difficult, and a bit of a faff to do so, in a way that they know to be effective. And Founders pledge comes in and just solves all that problem. The first thing you do when you sign something legal, is you think ‘What are the negatives? What could possible go wrong?’ You know, ‘will my children not be able to go to school? And how much impact will it have? And is this really a helpful organisation? And I think Founders Pledge makes all of those really easy. I got a phone call of a friend of mine, and he told me about it and it took literally one minute and I decided to do it. I think to date I’m still the quickest signup. I actually had his clipboard piece of paper signed within 60 seconds of the conversation. I was kind of under educated about the space and the fact that giving money is not enough. You have to give money in a smart way. David and the team have done an amazing job of assembling a kind of subset of entrepreneurs that really care about the world. So I saw more and more of the people I really respect signing the Founders Pledge. At the heart of being an entrepreneur is actually making a difference and making an impact in the world, and what’s brilliant about Founders Pledge is it’s doing that in a way that is wholly beneficial to society. What we do is show them that by joining a startup or creating a startup or a company, you can create the world that
you want to live in. It’s going to make the mission stronger the motivation more empowered and they’re going to actually look back at the end of that whole ride of setting up a business and realise they enjoyed it even more
because they did the right thing.

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