Matt Flannery, Co-Founder, Kiva.org and Puddle.com

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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 for ten years, Matt 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 a 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.   More recently, Matt co-founded Puddle.com, which is a village banking service in the cloud for the USA.  Matt graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MA in Philosophy from Stanford University.