A growing number of innovators and entrepreneurs are focused on the next billion people who are digitally excluded, many of whom live in extreme poverty. Kiva allows people to lend money via the Internet to underserved entrepreneurs. It has crowdfunded more than one million loans to more than 2.1 million entrepreneurs in 82 countries, totaling nearly $1 billion dollars with a repayment rate over 97 percent.
Julie Hanna, Kiva executive chairman and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship for President Obama, has pioneered products and led companies that have allowed millions of people to connect, communicate and collaborate globally, among them: Healtheon (WebMD); onebox.com (Unwired Planet); Portola (acquired by Netscape); and, open source innovator, Scalix. In this talk, Julie explores how social entrepreneurs are changing the lives of the next billion with the Exponential Center’s Marguerite Gong Hancock.
This guide is intended to introduce provocative questions to enhance and extend what you learn through watching the video. It is suitable for mature high school students and college and adult learners in an educational, professional, or social setting. It may be particularly interesting for people who are curious about innovation, entrepreneurship, and the start-up ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Consider the discussion questions below or download a PDF of the Discussion Guide.
Are you familiar with the term “social entrepreneur”? What does it mean to you? Think of the names of any social entrepreneurs or companies you know. How did you learn about them?
Note any of Julie Hanna’s personal characteristics, experiences, or opportunities that in your mind mark her as an innovator or entrepreneur.