We spoke with Zach Berke of Exygy about being a business that does social good.
Can you tell us a little bit about Exygy?
We are a software design and build shop in San Francisco. Our mission is to empower the world’s leading change makers. Our clients include google.org, the United Nations World Food Program and unicef. We work with them to design and build software that amplifies the good work they do.
What was the impetus for starting a socialy good technology business?
My background is in non-profits, social justice, entrepreneurship and technology. I’ve always been building things: non-profits, technology companies, products, events, etc. Exygy is a way for me to synthesize these passions — a business dedicated to working with visionaries to execute on their vision to create positive change.
What exactly is a B corporation?
B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
What do you think is the answer to getting more people interested in helping the world in a similar fashion to what you have started with?
Education is the answer.
What are you most proudest of what Exygy has accomplished?
I’m proud of the amazing team we have built in San Francisco. We have a great place to work and we do great work we care deeply about.
Why should your mission matter to organizations considering working with a shop like yours?
When we’re mission+values aligned, then we have the same incentives. We want to be successful together, to effect real change. We don’t do projects to make a quick buck and then move onto the next one. Rather, we aim to foster long term mutually-beneficial and successful partnership with every one of our clients.