Blog

Ameya Upadhyay
Principal, Investments
&
Yaw Mante
Associate

Supporting the Growth of MSMEs across Africa: Why We Invested in Lidya

June 7, 2018

Why we invested in Lidya, a company addressing the MSME credit shortage in Africa through accessible and affordable credit.

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Why We Invested: End Poverty (N/Core)

June 1, 2018

For India’s nonprofits, resources are scarce, government subsidies are few, and the regulatory environment is complex. This environment makes it challenging for nonprofits to attract and retain quality talent and often deters young entrepreneurs from trying to solve some of the most pressing problems in India.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

How to Solve the Disjuncture between Tech… and Everybody Else

At the Tech and Society Solutions Lab, we’re focused on what’s happening in tech, and thinking about how we best anticipate and prevent the ways tech can go sideways. As part of this effort, we recently commissioned research firm Protagonist to study the narrative landscape around responsibility in tech.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Investments

Supporting Data-Driven Discourse on Aadhaar

May 20, 2018

We believe that rigorous, unbiased, and holistic data like the State of Aadhaar Report complements other research tools in creating a rich evidence base to drive policy. We are particularly committed to supporting research that focuses on individuals to further understand their needs, experiences, and concerns around digital identity systems.

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Improving Financial Outcomes with FinTech

May 17, 2018

New data published in the latest Global Findex shows impressive momentum in financial inclusion worldwide.

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Why We Invested: Mapping Slums in Odisha, India with Tata Trusts

May 15, 2018

In India, having “patta” is critical to accessing social and financial opportunity. Patta, or property titles, may sometimes be the only way to show the proof of address that’s needed to open a bank account, enroll children in school, and access government benefits. Without it, many are invisible to the system.

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Designed to Earn Your Trust | Why We Invested: The Correspondent

Trust is in decline. Less than half the population surveyed “trusted the news” in the 36 countries covered by the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, with 38% of Americans actually “avoiding” it.

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Why We Invested: Learning Machine

May 7, 2018

One promising model for self-sovereign digital identity is Learning Machine, a new investment of Omidyar Network’s Digital Identity initiative. Learning Machine enables individuals to own their credentials digitally, and share them for verification themselves—thus reducing the dependency on the issuing authority and enhancing privacy.

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Nilesh Agarwal
Associate, Investments

Making Healthcare Affordable in India: Why We Invested in AffordPlan

May 3, 2018

Why we invested in AffordPlan, a FinTech platform designed to help low- and middle-income Indian consumers manage planned healthcare expenses.

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Announcement

Potential to Unlock Over US $50 Billion in Online Commerce

Bain & Company, Google, and Omidyar Network announce a new report exploring the potential to unlock over US $50 billion in online commerce in India by driving awareness, usage, and transactions among the current and next set of internet users and shoppers.

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Steady Raises $9 Million in Series A Round; Shaquille O’Neal Joins the Company

Steady, an income-building platform for the Build-Your-Own (BYO) workforce, announced today that it has raised $9 million in Series A financing round from leading FinTech investors, including Omidyar Network.

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Article

Silicon Valley Writes a Playbook to Help Avert Ethical Disasters

Wired recently featured Ethical OS, a tool kit developed by the Tech and Society Solutions Lab to help makers of tech, product managers, engineers, and others get out in front of problems before they happen.

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