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Scot Chisholm

Co-founder and CEO, Classy

Scot Chisholm is CEO of Classy, a tech company that creates online fundraising tools for nonprofits. When one of the largest cancer organizations refused to accept the money he raised during a pub crawl held to honor his mom, a two-time breast cancer survivor, Chisholm was inspired to start Classy to make it easier for people to support a cause and easier for organizations to connect with their supporters. Since 2011, fundraising on the platform has doubled each year—resulting in thousands of nonprofits collectively raising more than $500 million. The company has also grown to more than 200 employees. Chisholm is an active advisor to startups and an angel investor. His recent achievements include leading Classy through a Series C funding, raising $53 million to date from prominent technology investors that include JMI Equity, Mithril Capital, Salesforce Ventures and Bullpen Capital.

ALMA MATER: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

BUCKET LIST: To travel around the world in one trip, on a boat if possible.

FUN FACT: I haven’t had a car for over 5 years. These days, I use Uber, Lyft and I walk.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Always think like an underdog, or lose to someone who is.”