We are Stephan Schwahlen and Stefan Shaw. We have been working together in different constellations for about 20 years. What we have in common is that we both learned our trade at the strategy consultancy BCG. However, we never met there. Instead, a mutual friend introduced us to each other when each of us had already started our own business. Our collaboration began with joint investments. Among them were some companies that worked well. And others not so well.
In parallel, we - independently of each other - embarked on a journey into the non-profit world. Stephan as co-founder of Germany's largest donation platform betterplace.org and the think tank betterplace lab. And Stefan as a consultant and later CEO of the Benckiser Foundation - and as a critic of the social sector in Germany.
A few years ago, the two of us had a crucial conversation in Berlin. The topic: How can we use what we have learned in the meantime to bring something really relevant into the world. One of us pitched the idea for legacies.now. And after two seconds the other one said: That's it! And that was it.
Two other friends were instrumental in legacies.now: Stefan Sippell and Michael Noli. The two owners of the brand agency Vince & Vert founded legacies.now together with us and contributed decisively to our current positioning. They also helped us to make great progress within our research: with great enthusiasm for a project that brings together everyone who really wants to - and can - make a difference.