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Wendy Trott
Analyst, Investments

Using Mobile Action to Power Change | Why We Invested: amandla.mobi

Amandla! Awethu!  This popular South African rallying cry was a powerful symbolic act against oppression during the fight against the apartheid regime - a demand that the people govern themselves.  Meaning “Power!

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Robynn Steffen
Director, Impact Investing

Why We Invested: The ImPact Next Generation Leadership Council

April 26, 2018

As millions of people joined the March for Our Lives last month, it reminded me that sometimes it takes the next generation to inspire us and lead us forward. With fresh eyes, they see justice so clearly.

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

Reflections on TED2018: How the Tech Debate Brings New Opportunities

April 25, 2018

A few weeks ago, I attended TED2018 in Vancouver. I’ve since found myself reflecting on how different this year’s event was from many TEDs of years past.

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How our New Investments Address the Needs of India’s “Next Half Billion”

April 25, 2018

We recently announced six new investments — Doubtnut, Pratilipi, Healofy, Vedantu, Kaleidofin, and Affordplan — all of which align with our goal of supporting entrepreneurs that serve the Next Half Billion.

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Yaw Mante
Associate

Bringing Insurance to Smallhold Farmers: Why We Invested in Pula

April 23, 2018

If you are smallhold farmer in Eastern Africa, you probably have noticed that the air is already turning heavy with rain, which indicates that you should start considering which seeds to purchase for the sowing season.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
&
Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

A Partnership for More Responsible Tech: Assessing Facebook’s Role in Elections

April 19, 2018

Last week, Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab announced a joint partnership with several leading foundations to fund independent academic research into the role that Facebook plays in elections.

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Amol Warange
Principal, Investments

Making Formal Financial Services Relevant to Indian Consumers: Why We Invested in Kaleidofin

April 15, 2018

India is starting to reap the benefits of several transformational initiatives launched in recent years, which are focused on improving access to the formal financial system. A staggering number of bank accounts have been opened by the Jan Dhan program.

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EDUpreneurs Wanted

April 12, 2018

We are committed to supporting education changemakers — both in the nonprofit and for-profit space — but we need more “edupreneurs” willing to push boundaries; more governments and communities willing to pursue public-private collaboration; and more financial capital flowing into the sector to provide support.

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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments
&
Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner

Why We Invested: Waterford UPSTART: Expanding School Readiness for Early Learners

April 11, 2018

At Omidyar Network, we are investing in solutions that seek to improve the development and educational outcomes of children birth to age five. Waterford UPSTART provides one way for families to support and develop their young children.

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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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