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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Robynn Steffen
Director, Impact Investing
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.

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.


A New Model for Investigative Journalism | Why We Invested: The Ferret

Omidyar Network is delighted to be supporting The Ferret with a $100,000 grant to develop the organization and grow its membership. The Ferret’s co-operative governance structure gives readers and members a say in key decisions, alongside the professional journalists on the organization’s board.

Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner

How Khan Academy Kids is Helping All Children Prepare for Kindergarten

July 11, 2018

Today, Khan Academy announces the launch of Khan Academy Kids — the first early learning platform that is both personalized and focused on the whole child .

Yoav Schlesinger
Chief of Staff, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Hacking a More Ethical Future

While most Computer Science students are still years from joining the workforce, it’s vital to remember they are among the C-suite decision-makers and full stack developers of tomorrow. A healthier, more ethical technological future is in their hands, so how they view their responsibilities as technologists is critical.

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This past year we’ve invested heavily in challenger banks including: @Chime, @Aspiration, @TandemMoney,


ShopUp Raises $1.62 Million Seed Round Led by Omidyar Network

The company is a digital credit platform facilitating working capital to small-business owners and home-based entrepreneurs in Bangladesh



Financial Health Solutions For Consumers Evade Financial Firms

The future of financial services hangs on creating sustainable revenue models for players that support financial wellness, create value, and build trust with underserved consumers. But how is the consumer positively impacted? And who should pay for these solutions?



Use Customer Surveys to Measure and Improve Nonprofit Programs

Omidyar Network's Jessica Kiessel and the Fund for Shared Insight's Melinda Tuan reflect on how nonprofits can measure program effectiveness by listening to feedback from constituents.