Neville Crawley

Neville Crawley


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:

The Anxiety Algorithm: An interview with Adam Julian Goldstein

By Neville Crawley | June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Epsilon Theory contributor Neville Crawley is back with an interview of Adam Julian Goldstein, discussing Adam’s fascinating new work on anxiety. If, like me, you have the entrepreneurial bug (and it is a bug, not a feature), this is a must read!

Rabbit Hole – Four Book Recommendations and an Amazon Story

By Neville Crawley | March 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

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.

Rabbit Hole – Who’s Being Naive, Kay? Also, DARPA, Ribbon Farm, and Unknown Knowns

By Neville Crawley | February 13, 2019 | 3 Comments

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.

Rabbit Hole: Mathematical Toys, Moral Injuries, and Odes to the Hack

By Neville Crawley | January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Neville’s favorite links from recent months, including an interview with a collector of mathematical toys and an ode to the hack.

Building The Narrative Machine

By Neville Crawley | December 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

The ET Interviews: Banking the Unbankable

By Neville Crawley | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

The ET Interviews: Anti-Authoritarian Technology

By Neville Crawley | December 3, 2018 | 2 Comments

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).

Take Back Your Thinking

By Neville Crawley | November 26, 2018 | 7 Comments

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.

Cards of Control and a Brave Little Toaster

By Neville Crawley | November 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

All the tech links you need for a great weekend read.

Working to Protect the World from Bananas

By Neville Crawley | November 12, 2018 | 11 Comments

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.