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Budge, Inc

Budge is the fun way to challenge your friends to anything, the loser then donates to charity and redeems goods from branded CSR campaigns.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2011
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

Budge is the first social crowd-funding platform that allows friends to challenge each other, with the loser of the challenge donating to a charity partner. We enable people to feel good and have fun with their friends, all in a simple and seamless mobile interface. The Budge platform also supports major event fundraising and is built to leverage social influencers (including celebrity reach) to assist in generating donations.


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    Hillan Klein
    CEO & Co-founder

    Prior to Budge, Hillan was employed at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he managed the redesign of NAB’s 200 million hits p/mth website, pioneered the first Australian Financial Services iPad app, and led NAB’s social media effort, including marketing and operations. Hillan played a pivotal role in the strategy and execution of NAB’s Cannes-Lions Award winning ‘Break up’ campaign.

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    Marc Lipsitz
    Creative Director & Co-founder

    Marc has had extensive design and user functionality experience working primarily in product development. Previously at Breville, designing new revolutionary kitchen products for the Australian and US markets with several products having patents pending and now selling around the world.

    Outside his role at Breville, Marc has freelanced in design and has worked in collaboration with leading Australian designers to create a range of user product

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    Steven Salsberg
    Chief Administrative Officer

    As well as CAO at Budge, Steven is active in the technology, admiralty, food and beverage, and hospitality sectors, and is a member/active director of numerous boards including the Board of Visitors of the CUNY School of Law, The Friends of Hudson River Park Trust, and the Social Venture Network (SVN).

    Steven also serves as Vice Chairman of GrowNYC, formerly the Council on the Environment of New York City, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg


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    DLA Piper - Ben Griebe / Spencer Markel

Previous Investors

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    Paul Bassat - Principal Square Peg Ventures, Founder/Former CEO of ($2.5bn market cap)
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    Tony Faure - Founding CEO (Former) of Yahoo! South Asia, Former CEO of NineMSN
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    Matt Rockman, Founder of ($2.5bn market cap), Active Angel Investors