Julie Hanna (Kiva)


Julie is a serial entrepreneur, startup advisor, board director and angel investor who’s guided by her belief in technology as a democratizing force for social and economic justice. She is Chair of the Board at Kiva, the world’s largest crowd-funding marketplace for poverty alleviation, board director at Socialtext and advisor to a variety of tech startups, venture firms and social enterprises in the US and Europe, including Idealab, Innovation Norway and CIR (Center for Investigative Reporting).

Julie has been a founder, CEO and founding executive of five high-growth internet and software startups, where she helped invent and bring to market products adopted by millions globally. Among them, onebox.com (acquired by OpenWave) the fastest growing internet/VoIP service in 1999; Portola, where she was instrumental in the acquisition by Netscape; Scalix (acquired by Sebring) a leading commercial open source messaging and collaboration platform & Healtheon (now WebMD), the world’s largest healthcare portal.

Julie is two-time recipient of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Trailblazer award and a frequent keynote speaker and commentator on technology, entrepreneurship and social business worldwide. When not geeking out about all things tech, she is a devoted zen student, hack winemaker, fledgling poet and almost competent sailor. She lives on the top of a hill in San Francisco and spends time in Scandinavia and Berlin.