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Robert Foster

Greater San Diego Area
I am the COO of ZipCap, a San Diego based fintech company with a social mission: we use customer loyalty, not FICO, to underwrite low-cost loans to Main Street businesses. Our loyalty platform defines the commitment between communities and businesses and impels customers to endorse, visit and spend more. Then, by coupling these relationships with customer profile and transactional data, the ZipCap algorithm informs a proprietary underwriting methodology that generates real-time credit ratings.

A results driven executive and partnership expert with strong budget, strategic, and personnel experience. Eagle Scout. Excels at managing high pressure projects in ambiguous environments. Led teams as large as 16 in 11 different countries in Asia and Latin America. Fluent Spanish and French, and conversational Portuguese. MSc from Oxford University.

Previous experience includes: Executive Directorship of Accelerating Market-driven Partnerships (AMP), an impact investing initiative launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton in collaboration with the U.S. Secretary of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and Fortune 100 companies. Earlier work involved the development of social purpose investment vehicles with private investment firms, the development of global market and policy strategies with major foundations, and the implementation of market based biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction initiatives in Latin America and Africa with nonprofits and private investors.I am a former Women Effects Investments Fellow at the Criterion Institute and I currently serve on the Investment Committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative (a venture fund dedicated to Social Impact), the Executive Committee of the Social Venture Network, and the Board of Advisors to the Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego.


My Speakers Sessions

Friday, June 17

9:30am PDT


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