The best founders and operators want to do the right thing. And it’s hard to do. That’s why we’re bringing together founders to share their stories on how they’ve put responsible innovation into practice – from data ethics to product decisions, board management, and more. We’ll also discuss our Responsible Innovation Roadmap for early to mid-stage founders and operators. This session will add to operator toolkits on responsible innovation and provide actionable takeaways you can start using today.
Leaders from Multitudes (seed-stage), Sora Schools (Series A), and Planet (publicly-listed Public Benefit Corporation) joined RIL founding team member Luisa Reyes for mini-sessions on how they’re actually putting responsible innovation into practice – from data ethics principles to quarterly feature reviews, governance mechanisms and step one of introducing a responsible innovation framework to one’s team. CEOs also reflected on the biggest challenges facing their teams and how to respond as they build products, processes and GTM strategies iteratively. Attendees were invited to be early contributors to the Responsible Innovation Roadmap, a tool for teams to think more rigorously about how to build a responsible company.
Andrew Zolli is Chief Impact Officer at Planet, a breakthrough space and AI organization that has deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history. He joined Planet in its early days and continues to oversee Sustainability and Global Impact initiatives at the company. He is also on the International Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch.Learn more
Garrett Smiley is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sora Schools, a virtual, project-based high school where students explore their interests, learn however is best for them, and gain exposure to future careers. Previously, Garrett co-founded a charity which built wells in developing nations called Drops of Love, directed a university startup incubator called Core Founders at Georgia Tech, and started an education non-profit that worked with foster children to develop financial literacy called Flip, and worked as a Venture Partner at Contrary Capital.Learn more
Risto Lähdesmäki is Chief Product Officer of Sora Schools. Risto has been focused on the UX design space since 1999 through investing in and founding new companies.Learn more
Lauren Peate is Founder and CEO of Multitudes, an ethical team analytics tool that delivers engineering effectiveness metrics without the creepiness. Before founding Multitudes, Lauren founded a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultancy called Ally Skills NZ, worked in San Francisco with Fortune 500 tech companies, and worked with startups across the Middle East. Lauren studied economics and Arabic at Stanford University.Learn more
Vivek Katial is a founding team member and data scientist at Multitudes. Multitudes provides insights and actions to unlock high-performing teams without the burnout – with a focus on engineering. He has his PhD in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Melbourne.Learn more
Luisa Reyes is a founding team member of Responsible Innovation Labs and joined as our first hire. She focuses on building our community and early products. Her work has spanned private markets, early-stage organizations, and, at the start, education and community organizing. Across sectors, she enjoys building high-leverage tools for a better world and the teams and ops behind them.Learn more
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