about us

we build sustainable tech for public interest.

We put together an elite team of technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and business leaders operating under a tech and business innovation lab model to tackle social challenges where high market risk and potentially disruptive impact exist,  to deliver results in a sector which has been largely ignored by technologists.


We create Tech for Public Interest, have a fellowship program on AI for Good, help large NGOs with Digital Transformation and engage with the community in our speaking engagements. Visit our services section for full details.


luis j. salazar

luis j. salazar

cofounder & ceo

As a serial tech entrepreneur and Global Fortune 50 executive, Luis has led the launch of more than 30 global products and companies in the consumer and business spaces, creating mobile cloud-based and artificial intelligence solutions at Microsoft, Yahoo, Xerox, GMI, Bing, Jobalign, Giving Compass, Giving Planner, VidaNyx, Oras Voice,, X4Impact, and others.

shelly cano kurtz

shelly cano kurtz

co-founder & cmo

Recipient of over 50 industry awards, Shelly has led over 200 global campaigns in tech, media, and entertainment. She is an experienced Sales & Marketing Executive for Tech Startups and Fortune 500 companies, including NBC Universal, Comcast, Make.TV, Giving Compass, Giving Planner, VidaNyx, and X4Impact among others.

dave coburn

dave coburn

evp & coo

Dave is a senior executive with proven ability to lead global businesses, product, and operations at startup and Fortune 100 companies. He was an executive at Microsoft and Invoca with expertise in high growth Enterprise, Artificial Intelligence Solutions, and SMB SaaS, delivering technology innovation, leadership development, operational improvements, and customer success.

dr. ying li

dr. ying li

chief scientist

Dr. Ying Li is the Chief Scientist at Giving Tech Labs and has received international awards for her outstanding contributions to the data-mining and AI fields. She holds over 90 patent applications in the area of data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational advertising, performance optimization, program tracing, profiling, and analysis and she Chairs more than 15 international conferences.


Dr. Ying Li led the first big data analytics effort at Microsoft where she worked for over 14 years in behavioral targeting, data mining, machine learning, information retrieval, computational advertising, Internet monetization, business intelligence, online privacy, and personal data.

She has led AI and Data sciences efforts in global markets, harnessing the power of large datasets from Telcos and Internet Companies across the world. Dr. Li received B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from Peking University, Beijing, China, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

tricia raikes

tricia raikes

board advisor

Tricia Raikes is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation. She has been recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work on youth homelessness. She serves on the boards of Giving Compass, the College Success Foundation and the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

jeff raikes

jeff raikes

board advisor

Jeff Raikes is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation. Jeff retired from his role as CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2014. He came to the philanthropic world from a 27-year career at Microsoft Corporation, where he was a member of the senior leadership team and president of the Microsoft Business Division. He serves on the boards of Costco Wholesale, the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of CS and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Microsoft Alumni Network. He is Chair of Stanford University Board of Trustees.

our values

we believe that using technology and sustainable business models to drive impact and change in society is our opportunity and our responsibility.


we turn new and imaginative ideas into reality; we encourage each other to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.


passion is at the heart of everything we do; creating technologies and business models to address social issues is our IKIGAI (the reason for waking up every morning)


we are experts, each one in our subject matter, and by combining our expertise we make magic happen!


we love the unique colors that make us who we are; we are solving complex problems in a diverse society, and that requires a diverse team!

social impact

we believe in doing well while doing good and doing well is measured in terms of social impact; in addition to return on investment, we also seek a measurable positive impact on society of everything we do.

we bring to the nonprofit sector years of expertise launching successful products, marketing plans, cloud-based digital transformations and winning strategies in over 17 countries reaching from a few hundred to more than 700 million users.

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