James Citron is a serial mobile and social entrepreneur who has founded and scaled multiple world-changing companies in the mobile and social impact space, and currently serves as CEO of Pledgeling. His personal mission is to harness the power of technology to create a more connected, healthy and sustainable planet.
As CEO of Pledgeling, he has brought his mobile and technology experience to the world of social impact to help businesses of all types grow through giving and demonstrate the ROI of Impact. Since launching the company, Pledgeling has worked with over 500 companies to power their social impact, raising over $10M+ for thousands of nonprofits around the world, won numerous awards (including Best App Design by Shopify for the first native charitable giving app in Shopify) and facilitated donations in 70+ countries.
Prior to Pledgeling, Citron led two of the largest mobile messaging and mobile engagement companies in the United States to acquisitions by Silver Lake and Blackstone portfolio companies, respectively. Citron’s companies have reached one out of two Americans on mobile, delivered billions of mobile messages and reached consumers in over fifty countries. An early pioneer in the mobile video space and nicknamed the ‘Father of MMS’, Citron’s technology today powers over 50% of all MMS messages sent by businesses and was awarded one of the first patents in the mobile video space.
A graduate of Princeton University, Citron lives in Venice, California with his wife and 2 children, and is passionate about helping to eradicate illiteracy, homelessness and hunger.