Founders and CEOs: Staff Picks

This week, we appreciate founders and CEOs in our community who are improving the lives of those around them in profound ways. Their company goals range from helping survivors of abuse to improving the quality of education around the world.

Om Malik, who heads off this post, is the founder of Gigaom, author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist and also founded the charity Heart to Heart for UCSF Cardiology. In 2013, Om wrote a powerful post on our blog on the value of time and and his personal experiences with surviving a near fatal heart attack. Read more →


Speaker, activist, TV host and producer,  Jessica Minhas is an expert on culture and the media’s impact on women and human trafficking. Jessica explores the globe tacking issues such as human trafficking, child labor and women’s rights. Jessica is the founder + CEO of I’ll Go First that helps survivors of abuse share their stories, find healing, and live with purpose.


Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit increasing access to high quality education around the world. Pencils of Promise educates children, supports teachers and builds schools, while also evaluating the effectiveness of each project.


Leila Janah is the CEO of Samasource, a company that provides high quality data solutions for its clients. Samasource trains people in Haiti, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and India with the digital skills needed to solve their clients problems, specifically in the areas of content, data, image and machine services. By paying their employees a living wage, Samasource is changing lives in communities around the globe.


Anna Lizaur is a Marketing Manager with She graduated from the University of Virginia. Anna is fluent in Spanish and can count to 100 in Chinese.