10 episodes

Welcome to How I Give, 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.

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Welcome to How I Give, 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 10: From 16-year-old college graduate to two-time tech founder with Robby Walker

    Episode 10: 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 the episode of How I Give, we chat with Robby about his fascinating personal journey, his entrepreneurial career, and why he decided to take the pledge.
     
    contact: podcasts@founderspledge.com
    Site: founderspledge.com

    • 46 min
    Episode 9: Solving Problems for Small Businesses - with Daniel Yu Founder and CEO of Sokowatch

    Episode 9: Solving Problems for Small Businesses - with Daniel Yu Founder and CEO of Sokowatch

    Originally from the US, Daniel Yu is an entrepreneur and software developer who has worked and traveled across more than 65 countries. Currently based in Kenya, he is the Founder and Global CEO of Sokowatch, an amazing organisation transforming business for informal retail shops across sub-Saharan Africa, which sell over $600 billion in goods each year. Sokowatch supports these shops by allowing them to place orders at any time through SMS or mobile app, with free same-day delivery of goods to their shop along with customized lines of credit to enable them to grow. The company works with tens of thousands of merchants across Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda while partnering with companies such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble.
     
    In this episode of How I Give, we speak to Daniel about his unique entrepreneurial journey, his philanthropy and why he decided to take the pledge. 
     
    Contact us: podcasts@founderspledge.com
    Website: founderspledge.com
     

    • 57 min
    Episode 8: Entrepreneurship & philanthropy with Andrew Skotzko

    Episode 8: Entrepreneurship & philanthropy with Andrew Skotzko

    Andrew Skotzko is a product leader, podcaster, philanthropist and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. He co-founded Petabridge in 2014 and Afriji in 2016, and has previously worked at startups Chill and Pebble, which were acquired by Tinder and Fitbit respectively. In addition, he has taken on a number of venture roles, previously working as an Entrepreneur in Residence at PHD Ventures and Growth Hacker in Residence at 500 Startups. Passionate about all things Product, he is currently Group Product Manager at Applied Invention. 
    No stranger to podcasting, Andrew hosts his own podcast called Make Things That Matter, which explores what’s possible in the Product world, how we can make things better and how we can use business as a force for good with a range of guests. In this episode of How I Give, we speak to Andrew about his unique entrepreneurial journey, his philanthropy and what inspired him to take the pledge and join the Founders Pledge community.
    contact us: podcasts@founderspledge.com
    Website: founderspledge.com
     

    • 50 min
    Episode 7: Tackling climate change - A conversation with Ignaz Forstmeier (Co-founder of Personio)

    Episode 7: Tackling climate change - A conversation with Ignaz Forstmeier (Co-founder of Personio)

    While the world’s attention is steadfastly focused on battling the coronavirus pandemic, we must not lose momentum as we work to tackle the immense climate challenge we face. At Founders Pledge, we encourage our climate-focused members to support some amazing high-impact organisations using audacious advocacy to help secure our planet’s future. One of these incredible climate-minded members is Ignaz Forstmeier, co-founder of Personio, a true Climate Champion. In this episode of How I Give, I talked to Ignaz about his own personal giving journey, his passion for saving the planet and why he has chosen to give through the Founders Pledge Climate Fund.
     
    For more information on our Climate Fund contact us: Funds@founderspledge.com
    For non-Founders Pledge members visit: every.org
     

    • 48 min
    Episode 6: Tackling poverty amid COVID-19 - A conversation with Michael Faye (GiveDirectly & Taptap Send)

    Episode 6: Tackling poverty amid COVID-19 - A conversation with Michael Faye (GiveDirectly & Taptap Send)

    Michael is the founder of GiveDirectly, a Founders Pledge-recommended high-impact organisation and the first and largest nonprofit to allow donors to send money directly to the world’s most vulnerable. Since 2009, GiveDirectly has raised over $450 million for delivery to the extreme poor and those affected by disasters. Michael also founded Taptap Send in 2018, a company providing a new way for immigrants to send money from Europe to mobile wallets in emerging markets.
    In this conversation, Michael shares his story, first-hand observations of the impact of COVID-19 on his organisations, and insights into how founders and philanthropists can help tackle some of the world's greatest challenges.
    This interview was recorded at the Treasury Summit in July 2020.
    Post-show readings:
    See the incredible impact GiveDirectly is having by reading stories from its COVID-19 relief recipients in Kenya.
    Learn more about GiveDirectly's work and how you can contribute.
    Read our summary of research by GiveWell about how cash transfers can help alleviate poverty.
    Take a look at our blog about how COVID-19 is affecting people in low- and middle-income countries.
    Contact us: podcasts@founderspledge.com
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    • 21 min
    Episode 5: Existential risk and why the world wasn't ready for COVID-19 - A conversation with John Halstead (Head of Applied Research at Founders Pledge)

    Episode 5: Existential risk and why the world wasn't ready for COVID-19 - A conversation with John Halstead (Head of Applied Research at Founders Pledge)

    The COVID-19 pandemic is showing us that preparing for – and proactively addressing – risks that perhaps seem far-fetched and unlikely is more crucial than ever. For all the devastating consequences of the current crisis, there are greater risks out there that threaten humanity’s long-term prospects. In this episode of How I Give, we talk to John Halstead, Head of Applied Research at Founders Pledge, about existential risk and why philanthropists should focus on safeguarding the welfare of future generations.
    John joined Founders Pledge in 2017 from a background in policy think tanks and academia. He has a doctorate in political philosophy from Oxford and taught philosophy at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Following that, he moved to the Global Priorities Project, working as a researcher on global catastrophic risk.
    Post-show readings:
    Take a look at John's 2019 cause area report on existential risk and how to mitigate it.
    Delve into existential risk and the future of humanity by reading The Precipice by Toby Ord.
    Read John's latest blog about how we can compare the health costs and economic costs of lockdown.
    Contact us: podcasts@founderspledge.com
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    • 41 min

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