A Message from Matt Flannery – Students Be Fearless

Matt Flannery is Co-Founder and CEO of Kiva.   In this video post, Matt touches upon the prospects of a global digital community, the story of Kiva’s start, the impact of small actions in the aggregate, and the importance of students being fearless.  Watch the video and share it with others!



Here is some background on Matt (taken from Kiva’s homepage):

Matt began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005 Matt left his job to devote himself to Kiva full-time. As CEO, Matt has led Kiva’s growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and hundreds of millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. Matt is Skoll Awardee and Ashoka Fellow and was selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” list in 2009.  In 2011, Matt was chosen for the The Economist “No Boundaries” Innovation Award.   He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University.

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