How many Uber investors does it take to raise $2 million for charity?


Most venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs typically don’t spend tons of time in New York, but a bunch of them filled the giant ballroom at swank Wall Street fixture Cipriani for a charity gala last week. With at least four Uber investors amongst the attendees, the benefit raised more than $2 million for Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit that builds schools and trains teachers in Laos, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ghana.

It helped that Pencils of Promise founder Adam Braun is the brother of Scooter Braun, best known as pop star Justin Bieber’s talent manager. On top of guiding the career of the Biebs, Scooter is an angel investor and has lately backed startups including Uber, Spotify, and Pinterest through his firm SB Projects.

Scooter, who also runs a tech incubator in California, said that Pencils of Promise frequently draws supporters from both Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Though Bieber was not…

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