Privacy Policy

Last Updated November 20, 2020

We at Rise respect your concerns about privacy. This Privacy Notice describes the types of personal information we obtain about you in connection with your participation in or other interaction with the Rise program (“Rise Program”) and the Rise referral program (“Referral Program”), including all information, services and other content provided through websites, mobile applications, or any other medium, (collectively, the “Rise Services”), how we use the information, with whom we may share it and the choices available to you regarding our use of the information. We also describe the measures we take to safeguard the personal information and how you can contact us about our privacy practices.

Information We Obtain
Information We Obtain By Automated Means
How We Use The Information We Obtain
Third-Party Analytics
Interest-Based Advertising
Information We Share
Your Rights And Choices
Data Transfers
Retention of Personal Information
How We Protect Personal Information
Children’s Privacy
Other Online Services And Third-Party Features
Updates To Our Privacy Notice
How To Contact Us
Information We Obtain

We may obtain certain personal information about you as described in this section. When you apply to join the Rise Program, we obtain certain information about you, including:
If you nominate someone for membership in our program through our Referral Program, we obtain certain contact information about both you and your nominee, such as name and email address. We also may offer you a reward if your nominee applies through your referral and is selected to receive a Rise benefit or award, in which case we will request additional information from you as necessary to provide you the reward.

If you are selected to receive a Rise benefit or reward, we also may obtain the information described above in connection with our ongoing relationship with you.  In addition, as a recipient of a Rise benefit or reward, we obtain other information about you, including:

Information We Obtain By Automated Means

When you interact with the Rise Services, we may obtain certain information by automated means, such as cookies, web server logs, web beacons, and other technologies. A “cookie” is a text file that websites send to a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. A “web beacon,” also known as an Internet tag, pixel tag or clear GIF, links web pages to web servers and cookies and may be used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server.

We may use these automated technologies on the Rise Services to collect information about your equipment, browsing actions, and usage patterns. The information we obtain in this manner may include your device IP address, identifiers associated with your devices, types of devices connected to the Rise Services, web browser characteristics, device characteristics, language preferences, referring/exit pages, clickstream data, and dates and times of interactions with the Rise Services. These technologies help us (1) remember your information so you do not have to re-enter it; (2) track and understand how you use and interact with the Rise Services; (3) tailor the Rise Services around your preferences; (4) measure the usability of the Rise Services and the effectiveness of our communications; and (5) otherwise manage and enhance our services, and help ensure they are working properly.

Your browser may tell you how to be notified when you receive certain types of cookies or how to restrict or disable certain types of cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to use all of the features of the Rise Services. For mobile devices, you can manage how your device and browser share certain device data by adjusting the privacy and security settings on your mobile device. The Rise Services are not designed to respond to “do not track” signals from browsers. 

For information on how Rise uses cookies, please follow this link:

How We Use The Information We Obtain

When you apply to a Rise opportunity, we will seek your consent to process your personal information.  If you nominate someone for membership in the Rise Program through our Referral Program, you are responsible for informing the nominee.   

We use the personal information we obtain with your consent for the following purposes:

Where required by applicable law, we also will obtain your consent to send you marketing communications, invite you to events and surveys, or personalize your experience with the Rise Program, including the Rise Services. 

Where parental consent is required by applicable law to process your personal information, we will seek the consent of your parent or guardian.

We do not solely use automated means in our  selection process or make other decisions that may produce legal effect or similarly significantly affect you. All finalists and winners are selected by a review committee following a combination of evaluations that require human input.  

We also may use the information in other ways for which we provide specific notice at the time of collection, and obtain consent to the extent required by law.
Third-Party Analytics

We may use third-party analytics services on the Rise Services, such as Google Analytics. The information we obtain through the Rise Services may be disclosed to or collected directly by these services. To learn more about Google Analytics, please visit

Interest-Based Advertising

On the Rise Services, we obtain information about your online activities to provide you with advertising about programs or services tailored to your interests. This section of our Privacy Notice provides details and explains how you can exercise your choices. 

You may see our ads on other websites because we use third-party ad services. Through such ad services, we can tailor our messaging to users considering demographic data, users’ inferred interests and browsing context. These services track your online activities over time and across multiple websites by collecting information through automated means, including through the use of cookies, web server logs, web beacons and other similar technologies. The ad services use this information to show you ads that may be tailored to your individual interests. The information ad services may collect includes data about your visits to websites that serve Rise advertisements, such as the pages or ads you view and the actions you take on the websites. This data collection takes place both on the Rise Services and the websites of our affiliates and subsidiaries, and on third-party websites that participate in these ad services. This process also helps us track the effectiveness of our marketing efforts. 

To learn how to opt out of interest-based advertising in the U.S., please visit,, and In the European Union, please visit To the extent required by applicable law, we will obtain your consent before using your information for interest-based advertising.
Information We Share

We share the information we obtain about you with our affiliates and subsidiaries, as well as entities that serve as administrators for or partners in our programs, such as the Rhodes Trust and organizations in local countries we are partnering with who may help us review applications.  From time to time, we may share aggregated information about Rise Program applicants or members with authorized researchers to perform statistical or scientific research and analysis. We also share the information we obtain about you with service providers and other entities to perform certain services on our behalf based on our instructions, such as web and database hosting, IT support and data analytics. Most of our service providers are located in the United States. We do not authorize our service providers to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements.  Please contact us as specified in the “How To Contact Us” section of this Privacy Notice if you would like to obtain more information about the affiliates, subsidiaries and other third parties with whom we may share personal information.

In addition, we may disclose personal information (1) if we are required to do so by law or legal process (such as a court order or subpoena); (2) in response to requests by government agencies, such as law enforcement authorities; (3) to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights; (4) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical or other harm or financial loss; (5) in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity; or (6) otherwise with your consent or as directed by your representative. 

We reserve the right to transfer any personal information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets (including in the event of a merger, acquisition, joint venture, reorganization, divestiture, dissolution or liquidation).

Your Rights and Choices

We offer you certain choices in connection with the personal information we collect from you. To update your preferences, limit the communications you receive from us, or submit a request, please contact us as indicated in the “How To Contact Us” section of this Privacy Notice. You can unsubscribe from our marketing mailing lists by following the “Unsubscribe” link in our emails or contacting us as specified in the “How To Contact Us” section below. We will apply your preferences going forward.   

To the extent provided by applicable law, you may (1) have the right to access the personal information we maintain about you; (2) request that we rectify personal information about you that is inaccurate; (3) request that we erase personal information about you; (4) have the right to restrict our processing of your personal information; (5) object at any time to the processing of your personal information on grounds relating to your particular situation and, in any event, to the processing of your personal information for direct marketing purposes; (6) have the right to withdraw your consent to any processing of your personal information that is based on your consent; and (7) in certain circumstances, request that we provide you with a copy of your personal information in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format. 

To exercise any of these rights, please contact us as indicated in the “How To Contact Us” section below. If you are located in the EEA, you also may lodge a complaint with the data protection authority in your country of residence.
Data Transfers

We may transfer the personal information we collect about you to recipients in countries other than the country in which the information originally was collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information. When we transfer your information to recipients in other countries, we will protect that information as described in this Privacy Notice and will comply with applicable legal requirements providing adequate protection for the transfer of personal information to recipients in countries other than the one in which you provided the information. 

If your personal information is collected from you in the EEA, UK or Switzerland and we subsequently transfer it outside of the EEA, UK or Switzerland to a country that has not been recognized by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of data protection, the safeguards on which we rely to transfer such information include appropriate contractual terms with the recipients. Further information about our data transfer safeguards may be obtained by contacting us as indicated in the “How To Contact Us” section below.
Retention of Personal Information

To the extent required by applicable law, we will retain your personal information for the duration of our relationship, plus a reasonable period to comply with the applicable statute of limitation periods and records retention requirements under applicable law. 
How We Protect Personal Information

We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect personal information against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use.
Children’s Privacy

The Rise Services are intended for a general audience. We do not knowingly collect personal information online from children under the age of 13.

Other Online Services and Third-Party Features

For your convenience and information, the Rise Services may provide links to other online services, and may include third-party features such as apps, tools, widgets and plug-ins.  These online services and third-party features may operate independently from us. The privacy practices of the relevant third parties, including details on the information they may collect about you, is subject to the privacy statements of these parties, which we strongly suggest you review. To the extent any linked online services or third-party features are not owned or controlled by Rise, we are not responsible for these third parties’ information practices.

Updates to Our Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice may be updated periodically and to reflect changes in our personal information practices. We will post a notice on the Rise Services to notify you of significant changes to our Privacy Notice and indicate at the top of the Privacy Notice when it was most recently updated.
How to Contact Us

 The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation (“SIF”) is responsible for the processing of your personal information as described in this Privacy Notice. 

To exercise your rights or submit a request, please contact us by email at

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice, please email us at

You also may write to:
555 Bryant Street #374,
Palo Alto, CA 94301