Jim Chu is an entrepreneur and investor dedicated to creating shared prosperity by unlocking economic opportunity where it’s needed most. He is the Founder and CEO of Untapped Global, a global investment company that offers profitable, data-driven opportunities for investors to finance high-growth businesses in emerging markets. Untapped Global uses a technology-backed approach that reduces risk, and increases scalability and profitability. As of August 2022, Smart Asset Financing has financed 9,000 productive assets deployed across 13 African countries, with a default rate of less than 1%.
In addition, Jim founded a social enterprise in Haiti that provides clean water to over 200,000 people in underserved regions through hundreds of local entrepreneurs. He is on multiple non-profit boards, including Watering Minds, a US public charity supporting youth in emerging markets, and MCE Social Capital, a non-profit impact investment firm.
Chu graduated from Stanford University. In his spare time he enjoys paragliding, running, and occasionally flying planes. This unique guest lives by something that the disruptive thinker, Clayton Christensen, said: Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people.
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