Everything You Need to Know to Run a Progressive Startup You Learned at this Panel

Everything You Need to Know to Run a Progressive Startup You Learned at this Panel

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Jul. 19 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Jul. 19 2:45 PM (Eastern)

Room: 140 G

Taking an organization from zero to thriving isn’t easy. Come hear from progressive startup founders across the spectrum of for-profit to non-profit, and early-stage to late-stage: Berim, Upworthy, SumOfUs, UltraViolet, and the Good Fight. We’ll share tricks and tools we’re using to make it. Each of us has learned a ton over the past months and years, and we want to share those challenges and strategies with you—if only so you don’t make the same mistakes we did.


Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman


SumOfUs.org’s Executive Director and Founder, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, is a dual Australian-American citizen. She has experience with online organizing on four continents and at the global level, including at Avaaz.org, GetUp.org.au, and the AFL-CIO. She was born in Australia, currently lives in New York City and enjoys reading science fiction and playing ultimate frisbee for fun.

Other sessions: Try this at Home! Tips and Lessons for Building a Racially Diverse Movement, Living Our Values: Building the Movement We Deserve

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Shaunna Thomas


Shaunna Thomas is co-founder and Executive Director of UltraViolet, an organization fighting for gender equity and justice, from politics and policy to media and pop culture. Shaunna has had a fifteen year career in progressive organizing, building progressive infrastructure projects and winning critical policy fights at the national level.

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Ben Wikler

Ben Wikler

Ben Wikler is a candidate for Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. A Wisconsin native, he previously served as Senior Advisor and Washington Director of MoveOn.org, where he led MoveOn’s campaign to prevent the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and gutting of Medicaid. Wikler also hosted the award-winning podcast The Good Fight; served as second in command of the world’s two largest online campaigning organizations, Change.org (2011-12) and Avaaz (2007-11); and, in high school and college, wrote headlines and articles for The Onion and launched the Student Global AIDS Campaign. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, where he got his start in progressive politics while in elementary school.

Other sessions: LIVE: The Good Fight, with Ben Wikler, powered by MoveOn.org

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