Gabe Middleton

Gabe Middleton

Co-Founder & CEO


Commerce, CA USA

If you are trying to climb to the top of a tall building, it’s not a good strategy to think about all of the steps at once. You should only be thinking about that first step. Focusing on what’s right in front of you will help you stay focused and help you overcome the fear.


By Roadtrip Nation

Gabe Middleton


My road in life has been direct.
Was born in East Los Angeles, but grew up all over the southwest of the U.S. due to his father’s job constantly relocating them.
After graduating high school, he attended California State University, Long Beach where he majored in psychology with the goal of becoming a neuropsychologist.
While in college, he studied individuals with PTSD at the Veterans Hospital near campus—this experience helped him realize that a hospital environment wasn’t for him.
After graduating, he became interested in pursuing a career in law and technology, but after studying to get into law school, he realized that wasn’t for him either.
He realized that he needed to find something that merged his interests in philanthropy and technology utilizing his skills in management and teamwork.
In 2012, he and his roommate decided to co-found human-I-T, a nonprofit seeking to shrink the digital divide by donating used technology to people in need and increasing digital literacy.
When they first launched, they worked for free out of a cell phone repair shop lobby—they are now a multi-facility operation dedicated to disrupting the $40 billion e-waste / recycling industry.
He believes technology and digital skills are vital in creating value for yourself and is passionate about spreading access to these skills so that everyone has a place in the digital world.
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High School
Psychology, General
California State University-Long Beach


Co-Founder & CEO

I run a nonprofit that gives low-income individuals and nonprofits access to repurposed technology.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

As the CEO, it’s my main job to work ON the business and not IN the business. I oversee all day-to-day operations, employees and PR, making sure that everyone has what they need to do their jobs. I communicate with our managers to make sure we are all on the same page with the company’s vision, mission, and overall direction. I lead the implementation of the company's strategic plan and ongoing operations. My day is a lot of strategy planning, communication, and lending a lot of support.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Discover what you're passionate about and learn what you have a knack for. Combine those two traits towards doing what you love. Take it one step at a time.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Just settle on something. Do what you love."

Challenges I Overcame