Happy Cinco de Mayo! Every friday our staff gets together at 5P.M. for beer and pizza to de-compress from the week. Yesterday, our friends Michael Birch and Shakil Khan stopped in. Michael and his wife Xochi sold their social network, Bebo, in 2009 and invested in many cool startups including one young non-profit at the time: charity: water. Michael became our first angel investor, helping us pay for operating costs and staff when we were just a small group of 7. He also helped us get mycharity: water up and running by writing the codebase himself. Shak has introduced us to countless amazing people who’ve now become supporters of the mission, traveled with us to Ethiopia four times, and even did his own fundraising campaign for clean water in 2010. He recently joined PATH, a mobile social network, as their Head of Special Projects.
They’re both incredibly accomplished, but they’re not beneath a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with our founder, Scott.