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.