September 10th SVMN Meeting: Kiva, Prosper

Hope everyone has had a great summer; SVMN is back in action in September!

Microfinance & Technology

Putting Pennies & People to Work Online

Our next SVMN meeting will be on Monday, September 10th and will feature Premal Shah, President of, and Chris Larsen, CEO of The meeting will focus on how technology is making impact & enabling innovation in microfinance, and how peer-to-peer (‘P2P’) communication and social networking are used to support & distribute financial services.

Premal Shah, Chris Larsen,

To register, please click on the SVMN registration link here:


(more info below)

When: Monday, September 10th, 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

1991 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
(directions here)


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!)

Speaker Bios:

Premal Shah,

As President, Premal leads’s efforts to scale its partnerships and member base. Prior to, Premal was a Principal Product Manager at PayPal, an eBay company. During his 6 year career at PayPal, Premal drove a number of key company initiatives including defining eBay’s role in economically empowering the global working poor, which also resulted in PayPal’s support of Prior to PayPal Premal was a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in New York. Premal has a long standing interest in microfinance: in 1997 he was awarded a grant from Stanford University to research microfinance in Gujarat, India. Premal was also a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network and in 2006 was a featured speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative and Global Microcredit Summit. Premal graduated with a BA in Economics from Stanford University

Chris Larsen,

Chris Larsen is co-founder and CEO at Prior to Prosper, Mr. Larsen co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of E-LOAN. Under Mr. Larsen, E-LOAN closed over $27 billion in consumer loans, and was consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most trusted consumer brands. E-LOAN was one of the first companies to provide consumers with access to their credit scores, and helped pass strong consumer financial privacy protection laws. Mr. Larsen led E-LOAN through IPO in 1999, and oversaw the company’s acquisition by Popular in 2005. Mr. Larsen holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS degree from San Francisco State University.


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