The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network meeting will be held on Monday, June11th at Omidyar Network’s offices in Redwood City. Our speaker will be Chris Crane, President and CEO of Opportunity International
Microfinance, Innovation, & Religion:
Dollars, Development & Dogma
Opportunity International is the world’s largest faith-based microfinance institution, serving over one million poor entrepreneurs of any faith or no faith in 28 developing countries. Opportunity provides savings accounts and insurance to an additional three million poor people. Founded in 1971, Opportunity has more commercial banks serving the working poor than any other institution.
Chris will speak about the importance of faith in Opportunity’s mission, their commitment to serving the poorest of the working poor, and their track record of innovation with financial products and technology.
To register, please click on the SVMN registration link here:
(more info below)
When: Monday, June 11th, 2007
6:00-6:30pm: Registration, Dinner & Networking
6:30-8:00pm: Speaker & Discussion
8:00-8:30pm: Networking & Wrapup
Where: auditorium on first floor below Omidyar Network offices
Redwood City, CA 94063
in advance: $20 regular attendee | $10 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
at the door: $25 regular attendee | $15 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
(includes dinner + drinks; there is no “non-dinner” option… so eat up!)
Chris Crane is President and CEO of Opportunity International, one of the world’s largest microfinance organizations, operating in 28 countries. Since Chris joined Opportunity in 2002 revenues have grown at ~30% annually, and the number of entrepreneurs served has grown by 31 percent annually. Opportunity currently has 1 million active loans to microfinance entrepreneurs and covers over 3 million lives with microinsurance, and has committed to help 100 million people rise above poverty by 2015.
Chris previously served as president and chief executive officer of COMPS InfoSystems, which he acquired in 1992 and sold in 2000. During that time Chris grew the company to over 400 employees, acquired 13 companies, raised two rounds of venture capital and led the company’s IPO. In 1999, Chris was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in San Diego by Ernst & Young and USA Today. Prior to COMPS, Chris served as group president and board member of Nitches Inc, a San Diego clothing company with $150 million in annual sales and operations in 17 developing countries. Previously Chris was VP of corporate development at Oster Communications, and partner at Graystone Capital, a Denver venture capital firm.
Chris’s passion is helping impoverished women and men. He has served on the boards of both Rosie Grier’s Impact Urban America and Youth with a Mission, and has been on over 30 trips to Mexico to build homes for the poor. Chris has an MBA from Harvard Business School, graduated summa cum laude with a BS in finance from Boston College, and studied economics, art, and music at the University of Vienna, Austria. Chris has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 1990.