Kiva and the Future of Connected Capitalism

Kiva and the Future of Connected Capitalism

Matt Flannery

10.6.2009

Matt Flannery

Matt Flannery began developing KIVA in late 2004 as a side-project with while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005, Mr. Flannery left his job to devote himself to KIVA full-time. As CEO, he has led KIVA's growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. Mr. Flannery is a Draper Richards Fellow, Skoll Awardee, and Ashoka Fellow. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University.

Matt Flannery is CEO and cofounder of Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, which connects people across the globe through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Mr. Flannery developed Kiva as a side project while working as a computer programmer for TiVo in 2004 and has since led the company’s growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. Here, he delivers a lecture titled "Kiva and the Future of Connected Capitalism."