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Wisconsin Football, American Sniper, ESPY Award Winner turned CEO of multi-million dollar philanthropy as a service platform - Meet Jake Wood

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Jake Wood

The story just begins just after Jake Wood's time with the Wisconsin Badger Football team.

Episode Description

The story just begins just after Jake Wood's time with the Wisconsin Badger Football team. Wood served four years in a Marine Corps scout-sniper unit, leading Marines in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. He graduated at the top of his class at boot camp, the School of Infantry, and the Marine Scout-Sniper Course. This Jake to be the recipient of the Pat Tillman Award for Courage at the 26th annual ESPYS, one of the highest honors in sports. Wood then served as the founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization that is widely considered one of America’s leading nonprofits, and is still executive chairman. At the moment, Jake is the Founder and CEO of Groundswell, a venture backed employee giving platform. But how do you monetize philanthropy while keeping the main goal of societal impact? We break it down and cover Jake's incredible journey from athlete, to impactful business leader.

Episode Breakdown

0:00- Intro

0:44- Wisconsin Football Mount Rushmore

4:00- Starting Groundswell

8:15- Convincing investors to invest in Philanthropy as a Service

13:40- How does Groundswell make money?

15:00- Giving back should be a lot of fun

16:53- Starting your own foundation

18:52- Athletes in Philanthropy

20:20- Outro

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