LinkedIn and Kiva are kindred spirits - sharing the common goal of economic opportunity expansion. We are honored to host an enlightening conversation between Reid Hoffman, Premal Shah, Kiva’s President and Julie Hanna, Kiva’s Executive Chair of…
LinkedIn and Kiva are kindred spirits - sharing the common goal of economic opportunity expansion. We are honored to host an enlightening conversation between Reid Hoffman, Premal Shah, Kiva’s President and Julie Hanna, Kiva’s Executive Chair of the Board.
Premal and Julie will discuss everything they are learning about:
The most effective ways to reach and truly financially empower the world's poorest
The challenges of microfinance and how technological innovation & great social entrepreneurs can help overcome these challenges
The challenges and opportunities of operating a non-profit internet public good
The problem of credit access for U.S. small businesses and how innovation can help create more opportunity here at home
More About Premal Shah
Premal Shah leads Kiva.org, a website that allows you to lend $25 to the working poor. Since 2005, Kiva lenders have financed over 1 million low-income entrepreneurs from 75 countries, with a 98% repayment rate. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. Premal’s inspiration for Kiva came in 2004. Working for several years at PayPal, he took 2 months off to volunteer in India. There he worked with low-income women to help them sell handcrafts online. While the project had mixed results, it strengthened his belief that the right combination of technology, business and love can dramatically accelerate opportunity for those most left out. Today with a burgeoning community of 1 million Kiva lenders, this belief becomes more of a reality each day. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named on FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list. Premal is a graduate of Stanford University.
More About Julie Hanna
Julie Hanna has devoted her career to harnessing the democratizing impact of technology to enable fair access and economic opportunity at mass scale. She has spent two decades innovating products and business models that have allowed tens of millions across the globe to connect, communicate and collaborate.
Today, she is a board director, advisor and investor to numerous companies, including Lyft, Lending Club, Bonobos and Idealab. She is Executive Chair of the Board at Kiva, peer-to-peer lending pioneer and the largest crowdfunding marketplace for social good.
Prior, Julie has been founder and founding executive of several silicon valley startups. Healtheon (now WebMD), the world’s largest healthcare portal; Portola (Netscape/AOL) where she was instrumental in the acquisition by Netscape; onebox.com (now OpenWave), the first global provider of free voice and data communication, Scalix, the standard bearer for open source email/collaboration and Plum, the first private social network, acquired by Nokia.