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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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Why We Invested: RevUp

May 31, 2016

Learn about Omidyar Network’s investment in RevUp, a SaaS technology aimed at increasing fundraising efficiency and yield for nonprofits, academic institutions, and political organizations.

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If you build it… will they come?

May 27, 2016

What do datasets on Danish addresses, Indonesian elections, Singapore Dengue Fever, Slovakian contracts, Uruguayan health service provision, and Global weather systems have in common?

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No Place to Hide – Summit Ushers in Powerful New Anti-Corruption Measures

May 17, 2016

Read Martin Tisné’s reflections on three big stories coming out of last week’s UK Anti-Corruption Summit in London.

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Open Data: Casting a Digital Net to Catch the Corrupt

May 5, 2016

The Panama Papers leak, and exposure of potential corruption on a global scale, has helped reveal just how much more must be done to shine a light on the shadows where corrupt activity takes place. Data, and better use of it, has to be central to this effort.

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Robynn Steffen and Kelsey King

PRI Announcement Paves Way for Risk Capital

April 29, 2016

Last week, the White House announced that the US Treasury Department and the IRS finalized new regulations that make it easier for foundations to use Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to advance their missions.

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Peter Rabley
Venture Partner

Skoll Foundation recognizes Omidyar Network Investees and Property Rights in Annual Awards

April 14, 2016

Two of our investees, Chuck Slaughter of Living Goods and Vivek Maru of Namati, have been honored with 2016 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.

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Why We Invested: NowFloats

April 4, 2016

NowFloats is a service that makes it incredibly easy to launch a simple website, and even easier to keep it updated, so businesses can stay relevant to their customers and rise in online search results.

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Pocket Einstein: Managing Your Finances in the 21st Century

March 21, 2016

The ability to access and use financial services is critical to managing day-to-day life, weathering unexpected events, and capturing opportunities.

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Peter Rabley
Venture Partner

The Great Land Rush: Financial Times Series Shines Light on a Hidden Crisis

March 15, 2016

A new series published by the Financial Times (FT) highlights the challenge of protecting land and property rights in some of the fastest changing countries around the world.

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WeRobotics Launches $235,000 Challenge to Solve Social Issues through Drone Data

WeRobotics, an organization focused on accelerating the positive impact of robotics solutions through local expertise, today launched the Unusual Solvers Competition to advance the “drones for good” movement globally.

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Mike Kubzansky Shares Insights with The Business of Giving

Mike Kubzansky shares insights about our refreshed strategy and Beneficial Tech work in a recent interview with The Business of Giving.    Listen here.

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Rethinking How and Why We Make Technology

Doteveryone founder Martha Lane Fox says that tech needs to be more focused on improving lives and saving the planet.

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