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Sam Fankuchen

Sam Fankuchen

Sam Fankuchen is the founder of Golden, a mobile app for volunteering, managing volunteers, and visualizing volunteer program data. The app is a 2017 Webby Awards Honoree for Public Service & Activism.

Prior to Golden, Fankuchen worked in corporate innovation at Penske and as Managing Director of Applico, where he helped Google, HP, Disney and others launch new platform businesses. Before that, he founded Pinwheel, which became the most comprehensive database of volunteer jobs open to anyone in San Francisco, and a peer counseling program that has served thousands of high school students.

Fankuchen is an accomplished entrepreneur and mentor at Launchpad LA, Amplify LA, and Stanford Haas Center for Public Service. He received MA and BA degrees from Stanford University, where he studied Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior and Design Thinking.