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Kabir Kumar
Director of Policy and Ecosystem Building

A Safe Financial System for All; Why We Invested in Hummingbird

November 15, 2018

Despite an intensive and international effort to crackdown on illicit finance, over $2 trillion of dirty money is laundered globally every year. The UN estimates less than 1 percent of all money laundering is caught, even though compliance is getting more complex and expensive.

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Kabir Kumar
Director of Policy and Ecosystem Building

The Promise of Frontier Markets; Why We Invested in Tez

November 12, 2018

FinTech is an exciting field anywhere in the world right now. But in certain markets, FinTech has the potential to truly shape the future of finance.

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
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Vinice Davis
Venture Partner

A Two Generation Approach to Early Childhood: Why We Invested in Ascend at the Aspen Institute

November 1, 2018

"I want to show people that you shouldn’t be ashamed to get help, you should feel empowered — that it can be a beginning for you, for your dreams to flourish and grow.” — Brittany Block, Parent Advisor for the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents initiative.

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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 and Acting Chief of Staff

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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Yoav Schlesinger
Principal, 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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Learnings from a Decade of Investing For Impact

The impact investing industry has completed a decade in India, and made important contributions to improving the lives of hundreds of millions of Indians. To reflect on the milestone, we partnered with Livemint, to publish a 3-part series of op-eds.

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Early Childhood Is Ripe For Investment in Innovation

Education Week featured Big Ideas, Little Learners, a report shining a spotlight on several organizations that are doing work in early childhood, and describing areas where more investment would be transformative.

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Establishing Identity is a Vital, Risky, and Challenging Business

In a special holiday print edition, The Economist tackles the complexities of state-issued IDs, de facto data trails, and self-sovereign identity along with the many innovations that are upholding privacy, security, and user-control.

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