First Principles Forum


How can we as leaders in tech align our values in every sphere of our lives, so we can effectively deploy all of our resources — money, time, skills, influence — for impact?

The First Principles Forum convenes founders, early employees, and investors in the   technology sector with access to resources from recent IPOs or company acquisitions to advance and challenge their thinking on giving and impact. Founded in 2019 by Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Bloomberg Beta, we meet annually at a Forum in San Francisco and collaborate throughout the year through smaller events, member-hosted conversations, and sharing what we do. We bring our unique lens in tech, humility about what we don’t know, vulnerability about our actions and capacities, openness to taking risks, and reliance on each other and experts. As we learn together about how to have a positive impact on the world, we want to uncover and act from the reasons we’re doing this in the first place — our first principles.

If you are new to the community, you can request to join here. Attendance is by invitation only.


Our members are current or former senior leaders in these and other companies:


Knowledge and Insights

To challenge and advance your thinking on philanthropic giving, political investing, and for-profit investing from experts in their field


To provide practical resources and tools to take next steps


To create a community of like-minded peers, learning and taking action together

Learn More

FPF 2022

2022 Forum Agenda


FPF 2021

2021 Forum Agenda


FPF 2020

2020 Forum Agenda


FPF 2019

2019 Forum Agenda


Interested in joining the First Principles Community? Is this you?

  • The technology company where I work recently went public or was acquired, and I now have new and increased personal resources.
  • I want to think consciously about the impact I can have with these, and all of my resources.
  • I might give a meaningful portion of my wealth in service of impact, and I am looking for a group of peers to help narrow my focus and inspire me to take further action.