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about us 2017-12-10T18:25:39+00:00

OUR MISSION IS TO HARNESS THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY, STORYTELLING AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS INTO VIABLE SOLUTIONS TO DRIVE POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT

Giving Tech Labs was co-founded by cloud computing & digital media experts and entrepreneurs Shelly Kurtz and Luis Salazar, with Tricia and Jeff Raikes as Advisors. Our consulting division offers business, go-to-market, monetization and digital transformation services. Our technology laboratory builds sustainable enterprises spawned from ideas inside nonprofits, the private sector or originated from our team. We focus on addressing issues to drive both economic and societal gain.

Giving Tech Labs was co-founded by cloud computing & digital media experts and entrepreneurs Shelly Kurtz and Luis Salazar, with Tricia and Jeff Raikes as Advisors. Our consulting division offers business, go-to-market, monetization and digital transformation services. Our technology laboratory builds sustainable enterprises spawned from ideas inside nonprofits, the private sector or originated from our team. We focus on addressing issues to drive both economic and societal gain.

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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our leadership

Shelly Cano Kurtz
Shelly Cano Kurtzco-founder and 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 and Giving Compass.
Luis J. Salazar
Luis J. Salazarco-founder and ceo
As a serial tech entrepreneur and Global Fortune 500 executive, Luis has led the launch of more than 25 global products and companies in the consumer and business spaces and is a recognized expert on reinventing processes, creating mobile cloud-based solutions at Microsoft, Yahoo, Xerox, GMI, Bing, Jobaline, Giving Compass and others.
Joel Rosenberger
Joel Rosenbergercloud architect
Joel is a tech entrepreneur and leader in Cloud computing, SEO, LAMP and Microsoft Tech. He has been a tech executive at 2nd Watch, Kantar, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. Joel holds patents for network bandwidth estimation, tech profiling devices associated with wireless networking, mainframe integration, and social networking.
Paul Shoemaker
Paul Shoemakeralliances and biz dev
Founding President of Social Venture Partners International, a global network of thousands of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders in 39 cities worldwide. He is a Board advisor at Giving Compass. Paul is a global thought leader on how individuals can be effective social change agents, an award-winning author, and international speaker.
Tricia Raikes
Tricia Raikesboard 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 Raikesboard 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 leadership

Shelly Cano Kurtz
Shelly Cano Kurtzco-founder and 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 and Giving Compass.
Luis J. Salazar
Luis J. Salazarco-founder and ceo
As a serial tech entrepreneur and Global Fortune 500 executive, Luis has led the launch of more than 25 global products and companies in the consumer and business spaces and is a recognized expert on reinventing processes, creating mobile cloud-based solutions at Microsoft, Yahoo, Xerox, GMI, Bing, Jobaline, Giving Compass and others.
Joel Rosenberger
Joel Rosenbergercloud architect
Joel is a tech entrepreneur and leader in Cloud computing, SEO, LAMP and Microsoft Tech. He has been a tech executive at 2nd Watch, Kantar, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. Joel holds patents for network bandwidth estimation, tech profiling devices associated with wireless networking, mainframe integration, and social networking.
Paul Shoemaker
Paul Shoemakeralliances and biz dev
Founding President of Social Venture Partners International, a global network of thousands of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders in 39 cities worldwide. He is a Board advisor at Giving Compass. Paul is a global thought leader on how individuals can be effective social change agents, an award-winning author, and international speaker.
Tricia Raikes
Tricia Raikesboard 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 Raikesboard 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.

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