The World Economic Forum’s 2011 Young Global Leader, Jessica Jackley, MBA, empowers aspiring entrepreneurs by helping them reach their business goals through online technology. She works her magic by utilizing emerging technologies to build infrastructures – such as auto-lending websites – to provide resources to underprivileged people and small businesses from around the world. Her work focuses not only on providing monetary resources, but also on building social communities and support systems that will help sustain and support new businesses.
In 2005, Jessica changed the face of lending when she co-founded the “loans that saves lives” organization, Kiva.org, which is the world’s first and fastest-growing online, automatic lending platform in history. The platform has helped over 325,000 individuals across 216 countries establish small businesses by connecting lenders to aspiring entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.
Years later, Jessica continues to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing them with the necessary tools, knowledge and communities for building sustainable businesses. Jessica’s current work focuses on investing in creative entrepreneurs, such as artists, who want to change the world through emerging technologies.
To learn more, join Jessica at the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference.
For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference (October 7-9, 2012), contact information and list of speakers, please visit the following link: http://www.atlanticmeetspacific.com
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