A micro-case study for Founders from the Startups & Society Initiative.
Ope Bukola, a former Product Lead at Google and founder of Enle, wanted to tap into the technical talent of the African continent, and her home country of Nigeria. Ope on why she started Enle:
“There is an explosion of interest in tech in Africa, and a lot of young people are teaching themselves to code/design and getting into the digital economy. …
Many of today’s founders want to build ethics and social responsibility into their companies from the get-go, but don’t know where to begin.
We’ve been using the 11 blocks of questions below as prompts for our interviews with founders and operators to surface stories and examples of how they are going the extra mile to build more ethical, socially responsible, and world positive companies. We’re sharing them here for other founders to use as a tool for considering some of the different areas that they can — or may already be — building their companies’ responsibility.
In our first set…
— Wilneida Negron & Lyel Resner
“I lay awake at night thinking about all the things we built in the early days and what we could have done to avoid the product being used this way”¹
— early Facebook Executive
Faced with a pandemic, the climate crisis, and unresolved systemic racial and economic inequality, our country finds itself at a critical moment. Our interdependence is now more apparent than ever, and this has triggered explosive demands for change in every corner of society.
Technology companies are not immune, having been increasingly singled out for enabling discrimination, human rights abuses, and…
Accelerating the adoption of responsible company-building practices in tech