Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Invest $500,000 In Creative Commons

Creative Commons has received $500,000 from 23andme co-founder Anne Wojcicki and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

“We are delighted that the couple recognizes the importance of Creative Commons and has decided to invest in our work to support sharing, collaboration, and the spread of knowledge and creativity,” stated Melissa Reeder of Creative Commons on the company blog. “This gift – made in addition to the financial support that Google offers CC annually – will be used to support Creative Commons generally, with a focus on developing our Science Commons project, which Wojcicki and Brin are particularly excited about.”

Lawrence Lessig, the Creative Commons founder stepped down from the company last year to focus on Change Congress.  Around the time that Lawrence left, Creative Commons received a $4 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Interestingly ValleyWag points out that Creative Commons is chaired by Esther Wojcicki, the mother of Anne.  Google also employs Esther as an educational consultant.  Sounds like Brin likes to keep business and family together.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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