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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
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Vinice Davis
Venture Partner

Democratizing Education-to-Career Pathways: Why We Invested in Handshake

October 31, 2018

Carolina Loera Lozano, a first-generation college student originally from Mexico and parent to a two-year-old daughter, is a senior at Wichita State University studying communications and jo

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Tracy Williams
Director, Intellectual Capital
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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

Yes on 1: Omidyar Network Supports In-Home Care Initiative in Maine

October 25, 2018

Last week, Omidyar Network announced a new vision for our work, one that focuses on reimagining capitalism; promoting the beneficial use of technology; building bridges in a pluralistic world; and fostering individual capabilities and empowerment.

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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments
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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner

Pushing the Frontiers of Science and Impact in Early Childhood to Scale

October 25, 2018

Why we invested in Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and their work to push the frontiers of science and impact in the early childhood ecosystem.

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Chris Jurgens
Director, Impact Investing

There’s More Than One Missing Middle: Segmenting small and growing businesses by their financing needs

October 24, 2018

By segmenting the small and growing businesses market into multiple “missing middles,” we aim to more effectively diagnose the distinct financing needs and gaps faced by different types of enterprises, and in turn better focus on scaling the financing solutions that are most needed to empower enterprises of all types to meaningfully contribute to inclusive economic growth.

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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

A New Approach for a New Frontier

October 17, 2018

Since our founding in 2004, Omidyar Network has been a pioneer. We combined impact investing with traditional grantmaking in an approach to philanthropy that was catalytic, innovative, and early. Our venture-capitalist mindset let us see old problems in new ways and find market-based, tech-enabled innovations that could scale to match the global scope of those problems.

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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments
&
Vinice Davis
Venture Partner

Parents are the Future: Reimagining Postsecondary Opportunities for Parent Learners

October 16, 2018

Why we invested in Entangled Solutions, bringing more visibility to parent learner population and inspiring innovative solutions that deliver the education, training, and credentials that many parents want and need.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
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Yoav Schlesinger
Chief of Staff, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

With Great Code Comes Great Responsibility: Announcing the Responsible Computer Science Challenge

October 11, 2018

Move fast and break things. Grounded in disruptive progress, this mindset led to incredible innovation — but while the tech it created had positive impacts, some of it also came with unintended consequences.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Investments

Five ways India’s data protection bill can put users’ needs first

October 10, 2018

The draft personal data protection bill proposed by the Justice Srikrishna Committee is a major step in India’s journey towards a data governance framework that protects individual privacy, enhances institutional strength, and promotes innovation.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Investments

Reflections on the Aadhaar Judgment

October 3, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of India issued a judgment regarding the constitutionality of Aadhaar, a digital identity system that has enrolled more than 1.2 billion people. Its decision reinforced the importance of privacy, security, and user control – three pillars of Good ID that we recommended in our perspective on Aadhaar, shared in April.

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Working for social transformation through the Kenyan Constitution
 | Why We Invested: Katiba Institute

October 1, 2018

KI works to promote the implementation of the Constitution, its political, social, and economic agenda, and its values and principles. Their work is based on the fundamental belief that bringing the Constitution to life and instilling a culture of constitutionalism in Kenyan society will result in social change, stronger institutions, and better living conditions for all who live in it.

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Agenda Edu Receives Investment from Omidyar Network to Scale its Platform

Agenda Edu, a platform that increases engagement in school settings, announced today that Omidyar Network has invested in the Brazilian startup to help them further scale, including platform improvements, and growth of its user base and team.

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Putting land rights on the government’s agenda

The world’s largest project to formalize land rights of urban slum dwellers started earlier this year in Odisha, India, with support from Tata Trusts and Omidyar Network. Shalmoli Halder and Sushant Kumar discuss why this project matters and how to potentially replicate it elsewhere.

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Three Keys To Unlocking Consumer Trust In Fintech

We are in the midst of a strong economy and record-low unemployment. Yet, the majority of American households are not able to achieve financial health.

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