A World of Positive Returns

Insights

Omidyar Network Calls for Research Proposals

Research Report February 6, 2015

Omidyar Network is launching a multi-method, multi-year research project on “Open Data: Demand, Use, and Impact.” This research is intended to investigate, clarify, and propose solutions to a market failure in the transparency and open data fields, in which the supply and demand sides have been neither aligned nor well-understood.

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Newsroom

Bitcoin Revisited: Focus on Alternative Currency Masks the Power of Blockchain Technology Innovation

Article February 25, 2015

What does Bitcoin’s blockchain technology mean for financial inclusion and property rights? Read Tilman Ehrbeck’s take in the Huffington Post on why the innovation has a brighter future as a tool for secure, digital property transfers.

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From the Blog

Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: How Behavioral Economics Can Advance Financial Inclusion

February 25, 2015

From mobile wallets to financial management apps to alternative credit assessment platforms, more entrepreneurs and established financial service providers are addressing financial inclusion than ever before.

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SPOTLIGHT

What
Role Does Wealth Play in Social Change?

OUR TAKE

Both nonprofits and startups are changing lives for the better.

By Sal Giambanco

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DISCUSSION

A WORLD OF POSITIVE RETURNS

We invest in entrepreneurs and their visionary ideas that create opportunities for people to improve their lives, their communities, and the world around them.

WHO WE ARE
 

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

ALIGNMENT
Does the investee align with our core mission and values?
IMPACT
Is the investee likely to achieve traction in its field?
POTENTIAL FOR SCALE
Is the idea big enough to grow beyond its current size?
LEADERSHIP
Is there a strong vision for where to go next?
INNOVATION
Is this something we haven’t seen before?

INVESTMENT APPROACH

We

We are structured to support the notion that philanthropy is more than a type of funding. In its truest sense, philanthropy is about improving the lives of others, independent of the mechanism. Consequently, we work across the social and business sectors, operating both a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a 501(c)(3) foundation.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

COMMITMENTS

Total amount committed since inception:
$762
million
For-profit investments since inception:
$341
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$421
million