• These Cool Robots Are Processing Your Amazon Orders

    These Cool Robots Are Processing Your Amazon Orders

    Amazon may be developing drones for the future, but here’s something for the here and now. A veritable feast of robots that will appeal to anyone who is into technology. Read More

  • Kiva’s Crowdfunded Loans Platform Chalks Up 1M Borrowers & $400M Lent, After Seven Years Of Micro-Lending To Alleviate Poverty

    Kiva’s Crowdfunded Loans Platform Chalks Up 1M Borrowers & $400M Lent, After Seven Years Of Micro-Lending To Alleviate Poverty, a not-for-profit organisation that’s been matching micro-lenders with low-income borrowers since 2005, has announced it’s passed the one million borrowers mark. The total value of the crowdfunded loans, which have been spread across 65 countries mostly in the developing world, is $400 million, Kiva said today. Read More

  • LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Gives Kiva $1 Million To “Empower Everyone”

    “How you build the future is you motivate people to pay attention and act, to improve their circumstances and run their own lives”, LinkedIn co-founder and philanthropist Reid Hoffman tells me. That’s why his support of microlending platform Kiva’s program has a double positive impact. He put up $1 million so 40,000 people could try helping the… Read More

  • Visit To Microlend $1 Million Of Reid Hoffman’s Money

    Visit To Microlend $1 Million Of Reid Hoffman’s Money

    Today you can help someone escape poverty by trying out microlending platform Kiva, and it won’t cost you a dime. Go to where Reid Hoffman has put up $1 million of his money to let 40,000 people give $25 microloans to help those in need start farms and general stores that can support their families. The Kiva Free Trials program hopes to introduce people to the positive… Read More

  • Kiva Expands Micro-Loans To Green Businesses, one of the pioneers in micro-lending to international entrepreneurs, has expanded into a new vertical today— Kiva Green Loans. Green Loans, which can be accessed from a new module on the lend tab, is a new vertical that allows the Kiva community to make loans towards green businesses and individuals who are helping make the transition to cleaner and more efficient sources… Read More

  • 33Needs Brings Crowdsourced Funding To Social Startups

    The crowdsourced funding craze is picking up steam. Tonight we see the launch of 33needs, a site where socially-minded startups can raise initial seed funding from individual contributors on the Web. It is Kiva meets Kickstarter. Social startups post their “needs” in terms of how much money they are looking to raise, what problems they are going to solve and how they are going to… Read More

  • Kiva Partners With Visa To Expand Micro-Loans To U.S. Small Businesses

    Last year,, one of the pioneers in micro-lending to international entrepreneurs, opened up its service to needy U.S. entrepreneurs, which caused some controversy. Since then, Kiva has facilitated more than $1 million in loans to U.S. small businesses. The new market has steadily gained its supporters, and today Kiva is launching a new partnership with Visa, that will help Kiva… Read More

  • Kiva President On The Next 5 Years And Why Zynga Is Their Biggest Rival (TCTV)

    Who is Kiva’s biggest competitor? If you rattled off a list of non-profit-centric startups, the micro-lending site’s President Premal Shah would tell you that you’re dead wrong. Try Zynga, the gaming behemoth that has given rise to Farmville and Mafia Wars and other disturbingly ubiquitous internet classics. What does virtual fertilizer have to do with micro-finance? Shah says… Read More

  • Kiva Adds Student Loans To Microlending Marketplace

    Kiva Adds Student Loans To Microlending Marketplace, one of the pioneers in micro-lending to entrepreneurs, is entering the educational space today, launching the pilot program of student microloans on the platform. Kiva is a peer-to-peer lending site that began as a way to facilitate micropayment loans between citizen lenders and extremely low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries, Through Kiva’s platform, anyone can loan… Read More

  • Vittana Applies The Kiva Model To Help Finance Education In Developing Countries

    The microfinance model has proved to be a valuable way to raise funds for entrepreneurs all over the country, as exemplified by the success of Kiva. Seattle-based Vittana is taking a similar approach to helping fund education in developing countries by allowing you to lend directly to students in the developing world. The idea is to bring student loans to the developing world through the power… Read More

  • Four Years After Founding, Kiva Hits $100 Million In Microloans

    Proving that microloans can help to change the world one little bit at a time, hit a major milestone today. Since it’s founding four years ago, it has now made possible $100 million in microloans between individual lenders and entrepreneurs all around the world. The company has brought together 573,000 lenders (people like you and me putting in $25 or more towards a… Read More

  • What Michael Birch Did after Selling Bebo and How He Thinks You Should Celebrate Your Birthday

    For all the billions of dollars created here, Silicon Valley is remarkably stingy when it comes to giving. I first wrote about this when I moved here in the great Web 1.0 Internet bubble. Back then, as companies went public all around us, one-third of households earning $100,000 or more gave $1,000 or less to charity—roughly half what the rest of the U.S. gave per dollar earned. And… Read More

  • The Inevitable Anti-U.S. Backlash Has Started On Kiva

    When we reported on’s decision to open up its micro-lending platform to U.S. entrepreneurs, Kiva CEO Premal Shah told us he was concerned about backlash in the community. Shah acknowledged that the decision to open lending to U.S. recipients may draw criticism because it goes against the idea on which Kiva was founded—lending to help development in third world countries… Read More

  • Kiva Brings Microlending Home To U.S. Entrepreneurs In Need

    The financial crisis has made a lasting impact on small businesses around the world and here at home in the United States. With the credit crunch creating a virtual standstill of lending, small businesses in the U.S. are facing an uphill battle to find funds, especially if their financial history isn’t stellar., one of the web’s most interesting innovators in the… Read More

  • What Was The Best Of The Web in 2008? A Voter's Guide For The Crunchies.

    Last night we released the finalist names for the Crunchies Awards. Vote here for who you think should win. We’ve set up a site that is pretty self-explanatory, with all of the names of each finalist for every category, along with links to their Websites and Crunchbase profiles where you can learn more about each one before voting. The Crunchies represents the best the Web had to offer… Read More

  • Help Eliminate Poverty, Make a Microloan to An Entrepreneur

    The financial crisis in world markets over the past few weeks has been a real eye-opener, but even those of us who have seen our stock portfolios decline by 30 percent or more don’t have much to complain about. It could be worse. It could be a lot worse. A third of the world’s population lives in poverty, and 20 percent lives in extreme poverty, meaning they are always… Read More

  • P2P Loans GainingTraction. Lending Club Goes Nationwide

    Despite sub-prime loan worries rocking the economy, peer-to-peer loans are gaining some traction. You’d think loans between individuals would be much riskier than loans from a bank, but it turns out that individuals can be more risk averse than banks when it comes to lending out money. If you look at Prosper, the leader in P2P lending with more than $100 million in loans out so far, only… Read More

  • LendingClub To Close $10.26 Million Series A

    Peer to peer lending service Lending Club will close a $10.26 million series A round of financing from Norwest Venture Partners and Canaan Partners tomorrow. This comes a few months after the company’s $2 million angel round. Coinciding with the investment, Jeff Crowe and Dan Ciporin (former ceo of are joining Lending Club’s board of directors. Similar to other… Read More