Dick Costolo, Xochi Birch, Leila Janah, Michael Birch
Four billion people worldwide live on less than $3 a day and have no access to formal work. That disturbing fact has weighed heavily on the minds of Samasource’s founder and supporters since the organization was founded in 2008 to provide free, specialized technology training and work opportunities throughout the world.
At the recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco, influential business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and philanthropists joined to raise $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Chris Cox and DJ Atish Mehta – Darren Bechtel, Samantha Duvall
“The core idea behind Samasource,” according to Leila Janah, the charismatic young founder and CEO, is “that poor people want the same things that everyone does — a decent job that pays a living wage and offers some stability. Giving people work instead of, or as a complement to, aid is appealing to pretty much everyone.”
So far, Samasource has connected women and youth across 9 countries to over $2.3 million in living wages. generally the participants are able to earn a living wage within two weeks of entering the program.
Rafael Davis, Orkut Buyukkokten, Derek Holbrook – Charlie Cheever, Nicole Lundblad
There is a tremendous amount of support for Samasource in San Francisco, as evidenced by the gala’s host committee made up of prominent figures such as Mark Pincus and Alison Pincus, Darren Bechtel, Matthew Mullenweg, and Emmanuel Perrin, and guests including Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Path co-founder & CEO Dave Morin and Brit Morin, John Battelle, Michael Birch and Xochi Birch, Facebook’s Chris Cox, Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever, Minted founder Mariam Naficy, Eventbrite founder’s Julia Hartz and Kevin Hartz, Michael Stoppelman, and others.
Minal Jethmal, Afsaneh Akhtari, Joel Goodrich, Samantha Duvall, Tanya Powell
John Battelle, Bill Unger – Sarah Somberg, Brad Somberg
Michael Horowitz, Cameron Phleger, Cathryn Lyman, David Lyman – Baratunde Thurston
Anna Yuan, Herbert Wei, Sue Wei – Silvia Console Battilana, Robin Farmanfarmaian
This year’s event was emceed by Baratunde Thurston, author of “How To Be Black,” and the former director of digital at The Onion. Grammy Award winner Estelle provided an outstanding musical performance. Gala Partners for the evening included Cartier, Google, Robert W. Baird & Co., among others.
And there were some exciting auction packages donated, including trips to Kenya, Maui and Paris, and local experiences such as a private tour of Trevor Traina’s photography collection, a Lake Tahoe ski excursion, a SF 49ers game day package, and a day on the Bay during the America’s Cup 2013.
Laura Pincus Hartman, Alison Pincus, Allison Speer
Mark Pincus, Alison Pincus – Dave Morin, Brit Morin, Ormont Jordan, Leila Janah, Alison Pincus, Mark Pincus
Dave Morin, Leila Janah, Katie Zacarian, Brit Morin
Leila Janah, Darren Bechtel, Samantha Duvall – Brit Morin, Dave Morin
Mariam Naficy, Julia Hartz, Kevin Hartz, Leila Janah
Ligaya Tichy, Michael Stoppelman, Leila Janah