Jake is the CEO of Ten Years’ Time. He co-founded the firm, following four years working in New York with the foundation arm of the social-purpose business Peaceworks. Jake speaks regularly on panels and at conferences on the future of philanthropy and the need for more innovative grant-making.
He is also an UnLtd social enterprise award winner and has a certificate in Global Health from Imperial College, London. In 2014, he was voted one of London’s ‘Most Influential People’ and worked in 2015 as an e-tutor for the University of Cambridge on their Masters in Sustainability.
Jake is involved in a number of start ups and also co-founded the award-winning social enterprise, Future First, which builds alumni networks for over 10% of UK state schools and is expanding globally thanks to support from the Open Society Foundations.
If I had £500k... I would spend it on testing new models of low cost, short-course, University level education in the Global South. If we could greatly reduce the cost of tertiary education and increase the investment in teaching rather than lecturing, leveraging open access courses and flexible and short-courses that allowed people to get relevant, high quality tertiary education, connected to labour markets, without having to re-create expensive international research-based university models.
How I joined Ten Years’ Time: I was a co-founder of the parent business, The Social Investment Consultancy. Rather than take a loan from the bank, I made money playing poker to float the organisation during its first year before retiring from cards once we got our first full-time employee.
What gets me up in the morning: Coffee, an alarm clock, and meetings. I love meetings—coffees, dinners, lunches, breakfast not so much, but most meetings I enjoy. I run a careers evening once a month for people looking to transition into the social sector, which is my favourite part of my month. Find out more here.
Ask me about: Making home-made burgers, why philanthropists should take risks and Pot Limit Omaha.