Kiva takes on Google?

23 April 2010 at 11:54 10 comments

By Peter Tashjian, KF11 Armenia

The last time I was this excited about a “network” was when I first used a browser to search the web.  Kiva goes where Google “Search” stops.  Kiva reaches the isolated and disconnected and connects them to “us”.  Google can only find and index the “connected”.  By reaching those not yet on the “Grid”, Kiva provides a platform to give the voiceless a voice and a face.  Like Google, Kiva is not perfect and is a work in progress but like Google its potential is limited only by our imagination.  Kiva like Google is a disruptive innovation.  However, unlike Google its relationship with the user is not passive, it’s engaging and allows the user/lender to become an integral part of the innovation.

Having  just become a Kiva Fellow I may be biased, overly optimistic and idealistic, but I’m not complaining because it feels *right*.

Kiva doesn’t have to take on Google.  Its goals are motivated by social responsibility by lending a hand to those ready to help themselves.  It’s joyful to be empowered this way.  Take a look at the site and decide for yourself what Kiva can mean for you.

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  • 1. Fehmeen  |  3 May 2010 at 04:48

    how about a collaboration between kiva and google? like google and grameen have done with applab?

  • 2. Mary Riedel  |  26 April 2010 at 17:44

    I love learning new words! Thanks for the education on Disruptive innovation!


    • 3. ptash  |  1 May 2010 at 00:06

      Glad do hear it Mary. Life is exciting!

  • 4. david oglaza  |  24 April 2010 at 02:01

    Why does KIVA not partner with google to have world wide domination of the connected and not so connected?

    • 5. ptash  |  24 April 2010 at 10:15

      Hi David, I have to try the lentl, walnut vegie burger recipe on that your name links to. Sounds yummy. =)

  • 6. raf  |  23 April 2010 at 22:19


    You are right. Kiva is highly disruptive…….in a good way. I don’t know how far ahead the management team has looked but I can see how this could go all the way and completely change the world of investment and banking.

    (they can email me if they want to know what I’m talking about :-))

    Best wishes


  • 8. Kiva: Disruptive Innovation « Wir sprechen Online.  |  23 April 2010 at 21:58

    […] Tashjian: Kiva takes on Google? Kiva reaches the isolated and disconnected and connects them to us; […]

  • 9. Maria Garcia  |  23 April 2010 at 16:07

    This is great! I enjoyed your blog, I haven’t had a chance to really read what Kiva is all about just yet, but you have my attention and desire to learn more about it.

    Hope you’re doing well!

    • 10. ptash  |  24 April 2010 at 10:22

      Maria, I think you’ll be impressed by what Kiva is/does. The site is simple, concise and to the point therefore you’ll enjoy it.

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