TANCon2006 - San Francisco, October 2006 - Fostering African Entrepreneurship
The African Network
Issac J. Vaughn
Yemi Lalude
Andrew Farquharson
Awele Ndili
Doug Kelly
Laura Mellow
Kristin Peterson
Pitch Johnson
Kwesi A. Baiden
Eric M.K Osiakwan
Yaw Owusu
Ike Eze
Stephen DeBerry
C. Blake Williams
Brian Parker
Nathan Beckord


Matt Flannery

Co-Founder and CEO


Matt began developing Kiva.org in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo Inc. In December 2005 Matt left TiVo to devote himself to Kiva.org full-time. As CEO, Matt has led Kiva.org's growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships in over 30 countries and over $10M loaned. Prior to starting Kiva.org, Matt spent time in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya filming stories of micro-businesses started by Village Enterprise Fund. It was this time in East Africa that inspired him to develop Kiva.org.

Matt is a 2006 Global Social Benefit Incubator entrepreneur, A Draper Richards Fellow and a featured blogger on the Skoll Foundation's Social Edge website. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MA in Analytical Philosophy from Stanford University.


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