Neville is CEO of Kiva, a San Francisco-based non-profit technology company that has facilitated more than $1.2 billion dollars of loans to financially excluded communities in 83 countries and is aiming to bring financial identity and credit history to the 1.7 billion who are currently outside the financial system.
Before running Kiva, Neville was CEO of Quid, a pioneer in using Natural Language Processing and Graph Theory to understand the Narrative.
Neville is originally from the UK and, before moving to the US, has lived and worked in China, the Middle East, Malaysia and across sub-Saharan Africa, working variously as a music and pop video producer, the publisher of China Economic Review, a consultant at McKinsey, and as as an executive at private equity backed companies. He originally trained in studio arts in Manchester.
Neville generally thinks / worries / writes about the interaction of government, society and advances in technology.
He is currently spending quite a lot of time in Sierra Leone working with the government on financial identity. When home in San Francisco he can be found with his wife Meady and daughter Mika bemoaning the San Francisco legislative branch structure, poking at new bits of technology, and drinking lots of coffee.
Articles by Neville:
ET contributor Neville Crawley is simply one of the wisest people I know, and he outdoes himself in this killer Rabbit Hole note.
Come for the Amazon anecdote. Stay for the book recommendations.
ET contributor Neville Crawley is back from time well spent at an amazing library, with thoughts on no-end state architecture, marketing alpha, DOD AI, wonderfully goofy blogs, and a new addition to the Rumsfeld canon: unknown knowns.
Neville’s favorite links from recent months, including an interview with a collector of mathematical toys and an ode to the hack.
Is it early days with the development of the Narrative Machine? Yes.
But not as early as you might think.
Eight crucial insights on how to incorporate Narrative data into an understanding of markets.
It’s possible to do good AND to do well. ET’s Neville Crawley interviews Lev Plaves, Senior Investment Manager at Kiva, on banking the unbankable – refugees and internally displaced populations.
Fresh thoughts on the intersection of technology, freedom and decentralization.
ET’s Neville Crawley interviews Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer for the Human Rights Foundation (HRF).
In the Common Knowledge World, we lose the ability to distinguish between what we think and what we think we think. It’s Fiat Thought, and here’s how you beat it.
All the tech links you need for a great weekend read.
With technology, even totalitarian surveillance technology, there typically is no ‘big bang’, just a bunch of independent systems coming on line, getting networked together, and then a tipping point. We’re there with China.
Neville Crawley, CEO of Kiva, returns to Epsilon Theory with “Rabbit Hole”, a regular series of notes on the nexus of government, society and technology.