Co-founder, Kiva & Branch
Matt Flannery began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005, he left his job to devote himself to Kiva full time. As CEO for 10 years, he led the company’s growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships in 80 countries and more than $700m lent to low-income entrepreneurs.
More recently, Flannery has dived back into the start-up world by creating Branch International. Branch is a for-profit, Android-based ‘branchless bank’ for Africans, just launched in 2015. In its first two years, Branch has made nearly a million loans in Tanzania and Kenya.
Flannery is a Skoll awardee and Ashoka fellow, and was included in Fortune magazine’s Top 40 under 40 list in 2009. In 2011, he was chosen for the The Economist’s No Boundaries Innovation award. He graduated with a BS in symbolic systems and a master’s in philosophy from Stanford University.