SpringRaise helps “spring” your salary higher and higher through the art of salary negotiation. Our founder has averaged 13% annual salary increases for the last 20 years.
From our Founder: David Solomon Williams
SpringRaise was founded after a surreal experience. After spending my career among several large and small companies, I was offered a position with a leading strategy consulting firm that exceeded my compensation expectations by 40%. I had used the leading salary calculators, talked to friends in strategy consulting, and had found a compensation range I thought would be right given my background and experience. When (happily) receiving the offer, I knew there was a gap in the salary information marketplace. I subsequently turned down the offer and began contemplating SpringRaise and exploring the concept of salary negotiation.
I have mentored hundreds of people in how to maximize their careers through understanding their backgrounds and matching the needs of employers. In my own career I have averaged a 13% increase in compensation every year over 18 years (see infographic below). SpringRaise was built for this purpose: to “springraise” your salary higher and higher. To help you maximize your personal value at every career step. The best way to do that?
13% Average Annual Salary Increase 1994-2012
David is a social entrepreneur and pioneer in the development of crowdsourcing. His newest venture, SpringRaise, focuses on pay transparency and crowdsourced compensation data to help promote pay equality. Prior to SpringRaise, David was Co-Founder and CEO of InvolveCare, a task crowdsourcing mobile app for family and professional caregivers inspired by his 10-year caregiving role with his mother, a multiple cancer survivor. Incubated within Aetna’s Healthagen unit, InvolveCare reached thousands of families and attracted multi-millions in revenue in its first year. With this early success, InvolveCare was acquired after only fourteen months in operation by a leading health information exchange—the fastest exit of any Healthagen startup.
Prior to InvolveCare, David was Founding Executive at PatientsLikeMe, the world’s first health data crowdsourcing platform. As Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development, David created the first data-driven revenue model for a social data company with innovation recognition from Fast Company, BusinessWeek, MarketWatch, Wired, TechCrunch, Board of Innovation, Xconomy, BioIT World, and others. For his groundbreaking alignment of consumer needs with industry interest, David is a thought leader in social marketing and is published in Nature Biotechnology and the Journal of Communication in Healthcare.
David founded three other companies prior to PatientsLikeMe. At 23, David founded Passages Software, a fledgling company building scheduling software for educational service agencies. His flagship scheduling program was used by Sylvan Learning Center in multiple locations. At 24, he founded Revisions Grants Services with his mother Karen, a multiple cancer survivor, after she experienced a health episode that left her in major financial hardship. Revisions ran for five years, paid off all bills and provided over 30 years of retirement income to his mother. His third company, RHR Ventures, was started out of his business school apartment as a virtual consulting firm for Los Angeles area entrepreneurs. RHR consultants authored business plans and pitch decks that led to more than $40 million in venture funding.
David’s corporate background includes time with Healthagen (an Aetna company), Eli Lilly and Company, Deloitte, and Information Resources, Inc. David holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management with a certificate in Corporate Governance and a BS in Economics and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lectures at several major business schools in entrepreneurship and digital marketing. He advises several startup companies and consults for multiple venture funding entities. David also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA. Finally, David is a member of the 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows with The Aspen Institute.