raises 25M from business & tech leaders

Ane Howard · December 9, 2014 · Short URL:

Investors include Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Arianna Huffington, Ashton Kutcher the world's largest social change platform with over 80 million users in 196 countries announced today that it has raised  $25 million  Series C investment from technology, business, entertainment and media business leaders in an effort to grow its team, improve its technology and further its growth. has brilliantly  aligned its social mission with investor who possess the skills and the network that comes with building from the ground up and leading global enterprises.

As a Certified ‘B’ Corporation , is held tod high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency set by B Lab. It has been named among the top 10 percent of social good companies with a positive impact on the community. campaigns are as greatly varied - from a petition requesting to pass the "Michael Brown, Jr. Law" to begin equipping police with body cameras to saving a Pakistani mother from death accused of blasphemy - than the global communities that it serves. And with this latest  Series C investment, plans to expand its engineering team to improve upon its technology to address the needs of its users globally.

In the coming year, Its engineering team will develop a mobile app to enable people to take immediate action based on their location or real-time news; to build tools that will connect directly elected officials with its activists citizens and finally localization development through better translation tools. 

Investors participating in this Series C round include:

* Ali and Hadi Partovi (co-founders,

* Arianna Huffington (founder, Huffington Post)

* Ariel Poler (chairman, Textmarks)

* Ashton Kutcher & Guy Oseary (A-Grade Investments)

* Bill Gates

* Bryan Johnson (founder, Braintree & OS Fund)

* Dan Rosensweig (CEO, Chegg)

* Diane Tang (fellow, Google)

* Evan Williams (co-founder, Twitter & Obvious Ventures)

* Gideon Yu (former CFO, Facebook & YouTube)

* James Currier (co-founder, Tickle & Ooga Labs)

* Jeff Weiner (CEO, Linkedin)

* Jeffrey Walker (ret. co-founder & managing partner, JPMorgan Partners)

* Jerry Yang (co-founder, Yahoo! & AME Cloud Ventures)

* Joe Lonsdale (co-founder, Palantir)

* Jonathan Sackler (Chairman, Kokino LLC)

* The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

* Katie Stanton (vice president of global media, Twitter)

* Lorna Borenstein (founder & CEO, Grokker)

* Louis Eisenberg (Facebook)

* Michael Birch (co-founder, Bebo)

* Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler Family

* Nicolas Berggruen (Berggruen Institute)

* Omidyar Network

* Rick Segal (Managing Partner, Rethink)

* Reid Hoffman (co-founder, Linkedin)

* Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group)

* Sam Altman (president, Y Combinator)

* Shawn Byers (MITS Fund, LLC)

* Trawalla Foundation

* Uprising

* Warner Philips (founder and managing partner, KW Forever Ventures) 









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