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Why We Invested: The Engine Room

September 13, 2018

The critical importance of civil society in pursuing Good ID is now clearer than ever. Our engagement with The Engine Room underscores our commitment to supporting those who advocate on behalf on individuals and communities.

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CV Madhukar
Investment Partner

Launching Good ID Dialogues

September 5, 2018

We recognize more than ever, that it is not enough to simply advocate for more coverage of those who lack official identification. We must emphasize the need for Good ID, and not just any ID.

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Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
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Amy Klement
Partner

The Promise of Equitable Edtech: Debunking Three Common Edtech Myths

September 4, 2018

As education impact investors in emerging and low-income markets, we see the tremendous potential of what we call “Equitable Edtech” — realizing the promise of technology to be a great equalizer in improving quality education for children in need.

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Helping Americans Navigate a New Work Order; Why We Invested in Steady

August 21, 2018

Why we invested in Steady, an income-building platform helping people to discover flexible work opportunities that match their interests, skills, and availability.

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Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
&
Emily Feenstra
Associate, Investments

Bridging the Gap Between High Quality Content and Technology; Why We Invested in Grupo VI-DA

August 10, 2018
Image credit: Grupo VI-DA

Grupo VI-DA has compiled what we believe to be one of the largest collections of digital, Spanish-language content in the world. Over the past four years, Grupo VI-DA has negotiated licenses with over 600 publishers, for access to over 600,000 titles, including both adult and children’s books, textbooks, and literature.

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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner
&
Jessica Kiessel
Senior Manager, Learning & Impact

Lessons Learned from Listening to Our Investees

August 8, 2018

Our work at Omidyar Network is grounded in the belief that people are interdependent, fundamentally good, and inherently capable. We believe that we are at our best when we listen to and learn from the people and organizations we serve.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
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Raina Kumra
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Introducing the (World’s First) Ethical Operating System: A toolkit for anticipating future risk and building a better tech ecosystem

August 7, 2018

It’s no longer enough to simply profess an optimistic desire that the tech we build will have a positive effect on the world. We must create a system of design and development that places real value on ethical thinking from the outset, by incorporating future risk analysis and mitigation directly into our workflow.

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Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

“We shape our technology; then technology shapes us.”

August 1, 2018

Churchill famously said we shape our buildings, then they shape us, but I think the same could be said about the technology we use.

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Robynn Steffen
Director, Impact Investing
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McKenzie Smith
Program Manager, Impact Investing

Building an Impact Investing Team

July 25, 2018

Building an Impact Investing Team is a guide for families who are beginning to tackle the many strategic questions involved in assembling the right staff and structure to achieve their impact investing goals.

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Teresa Mbagaya
Principal, Investments
&
Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner

Can student-centered, tech-enabled learning transform literacy and numeracy outcomes in Africa?

July 24, 2018

Why we invested in Imagine Worldwide, an organization investigating whether children with research-based curriculum and pedagogy, on tablets in their hands, can become literate and numerate, providing evidence on whether autonomous learning works for whom, and under what conditions.

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Announcement

Bon Raises INR 7.8 Crore in a Seed Round Led by Omidyar Network

Bon, the FinTech platform that facilitates digital credit for flexible workers, today announced that it has raised INR 7.8 Crore ($1.1 million USD) in a seed round led by Omidyar Network.

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Article

Paula Goldman: Emerging Tech Needs Guardrails

Paula Goldman talked with Techonomy about emerging technology and the need to build robust guardrails to mitigate unintended harm.

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Announcement

Radiant Earth Foundation Releases First Earth Imagery Platform for Global Development

Radiant Earth Foundation (formerly known as Radiant.Earth) announced today the release of its new open Earth imagery platform, fundamentally changing the way humanitarian aid workers, policymakers, researchers, journalists, and others use satellite images to understand and serve their communities.

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