Technology venture capitalist

Professional faculty of UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Microfinance board member

Co-Founder, Community Promise, education non-profit




6 Responses to “About”

  1. john murray Says:

    Hey Sean,

    Stumbled upon your blog when searching for a picture of David Beckham. Find your site very interesting as I just started blogging last month. Doing an ex-pat gig in Lagos Nigeria and find blogs are the best way for me to keep up with folks around the world.

    You’re site has given me some ideas for making my stuff better. I like your wide range of topics. Keep it up!

    John Murray

    • sfoote Says:

      Yes, apparently the key to getting people to read your blog is to blog about things like celebrity and consumer products. Lots of people come for Beckham, stay for the microfinance (or politics, or economy, or .. . ).

      Thanks for reading

  2. David Kastelman Says:

    Hi Professor Foote,

    I am a student at Yale college, and recently took your Microfinance simulcast. First, thank you very much for leading such an informative and cutting edge class.

    In one of your final simulcasts, you mentioned that a colleague of yours was working on a value-adding catalog system, I believe called Copia. The idea of such a catalog sounded fantastic, and I have been trying to find more information about Copia online, but have been unable to come up with anything. Do you think you could point me in a direction where I might be able to find out more information about the venture?

    Thanks and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog!

  3. Andrew Means Says:

    Dear Professor Foote-

    My name is Andrew Means and I am a current student at the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago and co-chair of the Chicago Microfinance Conference. I wanted to see if you would be interested in joining a panel of speakers at the May 13th conference to discuss, “Does Microfinance Really Work?” I am hoping to get several academics and practitioners from around the country to discuss this loaded question and feel that you would be an ideal panel member.

    The conference is on May 13th at the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago. Last year we had over 300 people attend the conference and hope to match or exceed that this year. People came from all over the world to engage with a unique mix of academics, practitioners, and students. It really is a unique conference.

    Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in as we would love to have you join us.


    Andrew Means

  4. Jasmine Nachtigall Says:

    Hi Professor Foote,

    Karen Schultz, the author of One Hen, recommended that I get in touch with you.

    I’m part of a student group at Stanford University called Students for Engagement and Activism in Microfinance (SEAM), which aims to educate students about third world poverty, to raise awareness for microlending, and to provide an avenue for students to channel their desire for change. Our organization engages students interested in microfinance through roundtable discussions, educational workshops, and by helping connect undergraduates to internship opportunities in the field of microfinance. Additionally, we sponsor events whereby microfinance professionals come to Stanford to give presentations to students, faculty, and administrators. Next week, we have Carlos Danel from Compartamos coming to campus.

    On Saturday May 28th, we are organizing our annual “Microfinance Day” at Stanford and we would like to invite you to be our keynote speaker. The event runs roughly from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and if possible, we would love to have you kick off the day and speak at 11 a.m., but we are flexible…Is this something you would be interested in? Are you free on the 28th? We would appreciate your response.

    Jasmine Nachtigall

  5. Levyj16@darden.virginia.edu Says:

    Professor Foote,

    This is probably a pretty unconventional way of trying to reach an alum, but here goes.

    My name is Jacob Levy, I’m a SY at Darden (Wa Hoo Wa!). I came across a position Accion International (India Investment Associate, Venture Lab), that I’m very interested in. After a lot of googling, I came across your name as someone associated with Accion.

    I would love to talk to someone at the company more about the role, but am not sure where I should start. Is there anyone who you think I should reach out to? If you’d like to contact me off line, my email is LevyJ16@darden.virginia.edu.



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