galaxylabs

A startup studio that launches moonshot initiatives to build a more just, kind, and equitable society. Our work supports those that defend, heal, empower, and liberate people.

projects

Give Us The Ballot

Give Us the Ballot is founded with MLK III and Arndrea Waters King to support progressive organizers fighting suppression, expanding the vote, and ushering in a new era of voting rights.

Give Us The Ballot

Until We're Equal

We founded Until We're Equal with leader Quanita Toffie. We have a vision to fund grassroots organizers focused on reproductive rights and social justice across the nation.

Until We're Equal

Increase the Peace

Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) has long led the fight against gun violence. Increase the Peace is a campaign funding grass roots organizers across the nation committed to ending gun violence.

Increase the Peace

HBCU Wrestling

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Wrestling Initiative (HBCU W) was launched to restore wrestling to America’s historically black colleges. We will build the leaders of tomorrow.

HBCU Wrestling

Next With Novo

A podcast led by Mike Novogratz. He talks to artists, leaders, and technologists about the future of everything. Join him as he discusses the systems change thinking that makes a difference.

Next With Novo

One for democracy

A movement to protect and improve our Democracy. American leaders in business, entertainment, and philanthropy pledge 1% of their net worth annually to Democratic infrastructure.

One for democracy

Radical Ones

A podcast where ​leading changemakers, activists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and politicians shed light on the issues that define our time.

Radical Ones

Maloka

A new VR + mobile meditation platform that helps people build and maintain a practice via gamification. The more one meditates, the more their spirit and personal island evolves.

Maloka

Defeat by Tweet

An effort to defeat the Republicans that voted to overturn our election. Donors fund Black and Brown organizers in our targets districts every time the Seditious Six tweet!

Defeat by Tweet

School lunch for all

School Lunch for All is a national campaign focused on ensuring that all students receive free meals at school. No student should go hungry. No child or family should experience financial strain, public shame, or debt in exchange for school meals.

School lunch for all

Level Set

An organization dedicated to helping the nation’s largest employers adopt fair chance hiring practices. We enable access to employment for formally incarcertate individuals.

Level Set
team

Xander Schultz

Xander Schultz

Prior to joining Galaxy, Xander was a serial entrepreneur focused on consumer social productivity technology in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a founding team at both Complete and Kifi (acquired by Google), followed by a short stint in venture capital. Xander, along with his wife Zoë, started focusing their attention to social justice in 2015, founding the refugee aid organization When We Band Together.

Billy Watterson

Billy Watterson

Billy Watterson is Director of Galaxy Gives, the Novogratz Family Philanthropy. Prior to joining Galaxy Gives, Billy was Program Director for the Rhode Island Office of Innovation where he led the State’s digital equity initiatives. Billy is a board member of Beat the Streets Providence and One Community LLC, and an advisor to the Helena Group’s Urban Planning Division and  Govern for America.

Josh Decker

Josh Decker

Josh is obsessed with leveraging the power of technology to build community and empower people. He has spent his career designing and researching products/services to make them more useful to their users. From a diverse background working for tech companies like; P.volve, Prolific Interactive, Meetup, Foursquare, General Assembly - he loves using stories to make great products.

Pratap Penumalli

Pratap Penumalli

Pratap's mission is to give everyone the power to bring solutions for the greater good into the world, and bring good people together along the way.
Pratap spent several years at Google, where he helped launch Chrome, the Google Workspace business unit, and Google Domains. After Google, Pratap led product and operations at several venture-backed startups before starting his own startup studio.

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