Lexington, Kentucky (June 14, 2022) — Rubicon Technologies, LLC (“Rubicon” or the “Company”), a leading digital marketplace for waste and recycling and provider of innovative software-based solutions for businesses and governments worldwide, today announced the creation of the Rubicon Institute and its mission to “advance innovative, market-based policy solutions to address the environmental and national security threats posed by waste.”
With waste issues growing, and signaling an impending crisis, addressing the economic and security issues posed by waste is more important than ever before.
Waste is everywhere, from our oceans to outer space, and even, in the case of microplastics, in our bodies. The Rubicon Institute brings a fresh perspective to the sustainability conversation through consideration of economic opportunities around waste in rural and urban communities and national security concerns in space waste and electronic waste.
“The urgent waste crisis inspired me to create Rubicon, the digital waste and recycling category creator,” said Nate Morris, Chairman and CEO of Rubicon. “After more than a decade of success reducing the impact of waste and diverting waste from landfills, it is time to turn our attention to the larger issues of waste in regards to our economic safety and national security.”
The Institute was founded with the participation of Advisory Council members:
- Nate Morris, Chairman and CEO of Rubicon;
- Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs and expert in national security affairs;
- Secretary Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group and former Secretary of Homeland Security;
- The Honorable Aurelia Skipwith Giacometto, CEO of International Order of T. Roosevelt and former Director of Fish and Wildlife Service;
- David B. Rivkin, Esq., partner at Baker Hostetler LLP and former White House Counsel’s Office, Department of Energy and Department of Justice;
- The Honorable Mike Rogers, former member of Congress representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence;
- and General Joseph L. Votel, a retired U.S. Army Four-Star officer and most recently the Commander of the U.S. Central Command – responsible for U.S. and coalition military operations in the Middle East, Levant, and Central and South Asia.
“The handling of waste is an issue that impacts us all,” said Ambassador Dobriansky. “It is a privilege to join these distinguished and accomplished council members in tackling the challenges posed by waste on our society.”
The Institute’s first meeting was held in April concurrent with the Concordia Lexington Summit, at Rubicon’s global headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. With its launch, the Institute will focus on four main areas: Space Waste, National Security Issues around Waste, Rural Waste, and Urban Waste, and serve as the first think tank dedicated solely to solving pressing issues around waste.
“Policy issues are best solved by those closest to them, and with waste in particular, by focusing on improving economic opportunity alongside environmental outcomes,” said the Institute’s Executive Director, Aubrey Vaughan Travis. “The exemplary Advisory Council, alongside our local business and academic partners, will build the Rubicon Institute into an American thought leader on all things waste.”
Rubicon is a digital marketplace for waste and recycling, and provider of innovative software-based solutions for businesses and governments worldwide. Creating a new industry standard by using technology to drive environmental innovation, the Company helps turn businesses into more sustainable enterprises, and neighborhoods into greener and smarter places to live and work. Rubicon’s mission is to end waste. It helps its partners find economic value in their waste streams and confidently execute on their sustainability goals. Learn more at Rubicon.com.
Rubicon previously announced an agreement for a business combination with Founder SPAC (Nasdaq: FOUN), which is expected to result in Rubicon becoming a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the new ticker symbol “RBT” early in the third quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.
About Founder SPAC
Founder is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses. While Founder is not limited to a particular industry or geographic region, the company focuses on businesses within the technology sector, with a specific focus on the theme of Digital Transformation. Founder is led by CEO Osman Ahmed, CFO Manpreet Singh, and Executive Chairman Hassan Ahmed. The company’s independent directors include Jack Selby, Steve Papa, Allen Salmasi, and Rob Theis. Sponsor and advisor, Nikhil Kalghatgi, leads the company’s advisory board.
Important Information About the Business Combination and Where to Find It
Founder’s shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read, carefully and in their entirety, the preliminary proxy statement/consent solicitation statement/prospectus included in the registration statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 1, 2022 (including any amendments or supplements thereto) and, when available, the definitive proxy statement/consent solicitation statement/prospectus, as well as other documents filed with the SEC, as these materials will contain important information about Founder, Rubicon and the other parties to the Merger Agreement (as defined in the Registration Statement), and the Business Combination (as defined in the Registration Statement). After the Registration Statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/consent solicitation statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of Founder as of a record date to be established for voting on the Business Combination and other matters described in the Registration Statement. Founder shareholders will also be able to obtain copies of the proxy statement/consent solicitation statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC that will be incorporated by reference in the proxy statement/consent solicitation statement/prospectus, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s web site at sec.gov, or by directing a request to: Founder SPAC, 11752 Lake Potomac Drive, Potomac, MD, 20854, Attention: Chief Financial Officer, (240) 418-2649.
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