I'm convinced that a commitment to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves is something human beings are intrinsically hard wired to do. However, for early stage companies who are almost constantly in a state of emergency, it can be difficult to take a moment and think that perhaps we too can make a contribution. What we lacked was a mechanism to make it simple to give what we could.
Enter Pledge 1%
Pledge 1% reached out to me in late summer of 2015. I was immediately struck by the potential it had to unlock the charitable instincts of the tech community in way which made it easy for companies to make a meaningful contribution, regardless of their stage as a business.
At Workshape.io we neither have much time or at this stage, any meaningful equity to offer. What we do have is a live product which helps employers hire software engineers more efficiently. And Pledge 1% gives us the opportunity to provide this service at a massive discount to charitable organisations who want to use it. So we have given a product pledge to 1%, of a guarantee to discount to 50% of all charges to any organisation which has not-for-profit status. If you are a not-for-profit reading this now, don't hesitate to take us up on this offer from now!
Official Launch 4th February
Pledge 1% officially launches later this week, on the 4th February. We were delighted to receive an invitation from the Duke of York to attend the reception at St James Palace for the official launch. Many tech companies have already made their pledges, including some great companies from the UK -shout out to our buddies at GoSquared, Qubit, Huel & Kano who have been leading the way with early commitments - it's great to be amongst such amazing company!
It's not too late to get involved. Remember, any business can make a meaningful contribution. I would encourage every entrepreneur or manager of a business to do so. Give 1% of your company's equity, time or product. It's easy. Do it now, here