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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

Digital Identity: No Empowerment without Privacy

July 14, 2016

Technology is changing the way in which we present ourselves, how others identify us, how we participate in global markets, and how we access government services.

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Dena Trujillo
Venture Partner, Investments

Why We Invested: Crisis Text Line

June 30, 2016

Learn why we invested in Crisis Text Line, the first nationwide, free, 24/7 text hotline for people in crisis.

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Supporting People Powered Media Innovation in West Africa

June 23, 2016

Independent media is influencing politics and government in previously unprecedented ways in West Africa.

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Why We Invested: Skillshare

June 20, 2016

Learn why we invested in Skillshare, an online learning platform for teachers and students.

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Unfinished Business: Time to Invest in Americans’ Financial Health

June 20, 2016

Sarah Morgenstern examines Americans' financial health and explores three breakthroughs that could change the system.

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Impact Investing: No Family (Should Be) an Island

June 16, 2016

When Pierre and Pam Omidyar embarked upon their impact investing journey more than twelve years ago, there wasn’t a name for what they were trying to do. Now families looking to align their investments with their values can turn to The ImPact.

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Making the Case for General Operating Grants

June 14, 2016

A recent SSIR piece from The Bridgespan Group discussed the need for nonprofit funding to support overhead, not just programs and services. Paula Goldman and Tie Kim share Omidyar Network’s take on providing general operating grants.

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The Latecomer Edge: How Myanmar is Fast Tracking Mobile Money Adoption

June 13, 2016

If any country needed to get mobile money right, it’s Myanmar. More than 70 percent of its 53 million people have never used formal financial services. Most live in remote areas and would likely never be reached by brick-and-mortar banks, even if the branch network grew exponentially.

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Why We Invested: Phandeeyar

June 2, 2016

Read why we invested in Phandeeyar, a community tech hub that is designed to support social innovation and civic tech in Myanmar.

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Robynn Steffen
Senior Manager

Reflections on Making Markets Work for the Poor

June 1, 2016

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently pulled back the curtain on the $1B+ in impact investments it has made to help make markets work for the poor.

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10,000 People In Copenhagen Are About To Determine A Better Future For You

Techfestival is reimagining the classic tech conference format, when it takes over Copenhagen’s ambient Meatpacking Districts and runs more than 200 participatory workshops which will run parallel to a 150-strong Think-Tank in an effort to form the Tech Pledge.

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The Importance of Catalytic Capital

Omidyar Network’s Mike Kubzansky joins Rockefeller’s Raj Shah and MacArthur’s Julia Stasch to highlight the important role philanthropy can play in making investments in impact-oriented entrepreneurs who might otherwise not have access to sufficient capital. 

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From Apps On Your Phone To Satellites In The Sky, A New Program Looks Into The Ethics Of Mapping

A new program called EthicalGEO, sponsored by the American Geographical Society (AGS), encourages people to begin a dialogue on the ethical implications geospatial technologies present in our lives.

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