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Pledge It is the leading sports crowdfunding platform empowering athletes, teams and fitness enthusiasts to earn donations based on their athletic performance.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Sports
  • Location Harrisburg, PA, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2016
  • Employees 13
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website pledgeit.org

Company Summary

Pledge It is the leading sports crowdfunding platform empowering professional athletes, high school teams and fitness enthusiasts to earn donations based on their athletic performance. Teams and athletes (like James Harden, Mike Trout, Lindsey Vonn, and Russell Wilson) have raised nearly $16M for causes from more than 100,000 users, and Pledge It is trusted by the world’s top brands like Adidas, CBS Sports, American Cancer Society, and St. Jude.

Team

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    Founder & CEO

    Scott is responsible for our strategic planning, investor relations and daily operations. Prior to starting PLEDGE IT, he founded Uplifting Athletes, a national nonprofit that works with college football teams to raise money for rare disease research. The organization has had an impact of more than $400 million on the rare disease community.Scott graduated with a B.S. & M.Eng. from Penn State University where he also played football and baseball.

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    VP of Sales

    Ryan is responsible for the overall growth of PLEDGE IT with a focus on preferred partnerships and grassroots strategy. Ryan brings a ton of experience from the sports and entertainment world, previously working in Strategic Planning at Major League Soccer and at McKinsey & Company in their Media and Entertainment Division. Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University where he also played football.

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    Director of Customer Success

    JohnPaul is responsible for marketing and campaign success. Prior to joining PLEDGE IT, he co-founded Gun.io, an online hiring marketplace of over 16,000 software engineers. Prior to starting Gun.io, he lived and worked in Shanghai, where he worked for Dash Brands (restaurant operator of 200+ Domino’s Pizza & Subway stores in China). He graduated with a B.S. in Finance and International Studies.

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    Senior Frontend Developer

    Josh graduated from the Art Institute of York with an Associates degree in Digital Media. You can thank Josh for PLEDGE IT’s slick user experience. Before joining PLEDGE IT, Josh worked with other local web design firms, building custom web applications and designing clean user experiences. As an avid fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York (football) Giants...Josh is excited to be a part of the sports tech community while helping others.

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    Albert Baldassarre
    Senior Software Engineer

    Albert graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State University where he was also in a bowling league. Al has improved the speed and efficiency of our system architecture and code base. Prior to joining our team, he worked at WebClients.net and has contributed to more projects than we know of (he might have top secret security clearance, but we wouldn’t know because it’s a secret).

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    Director of Finance and Administration

    Karen earned her B.S. in Marketing & Accounting (an unusual mix) from Bloomsburg University. Karen also has the rare combination of certifications in personal training and public accounting. She handles our bookkeeping, check writing, human resources, risk management, and corporate wellness. Prior to joining our team, she gained audit and tax experience with a top 12 accounting firm and served as a senior technical accountant with Tyco.

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    VP of Marketing & Product

    Dave is responsible for helping our community leverage the power of sport for social good. He leads all marketing initiatives in addition to being the product manager for our platform. Prior to joining PLEDGE IT, Dave was the Director of Marketing for Minitab and previously worked for IBM. Dave was an Academic All-American at Penn State where he played football and graduated with a B.S. in Information, Sciences and Technology & M.S. in Business.

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    Director of Business Development

    Todd is responsible for growth and relationship management across professional sports. He brings more than 14 years of experience in the sports philanthropy sector including his roles as a consultant and board member of Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and as a director of the Sports Impact Leadership Certificate at Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as Managing Director for Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group.

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    Graphic Designer

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