Benjamin Franklin FRS FRSE was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.
We come from 34 countries, many of which are rarely represented in a startup. We're single moms, widows, college professors, recovering addicts, Zen teachers, Fulbright scholars, and everything in between. 83% of our founding members and contributors are women. One of our mentors is 99 and was a close personal friend of Abraham Maslow, Martin Buber, and Erich Fromm.