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Sarah Morgenstern
Principal, Investments
&
Tracy Williams
Director, Intellectual Capital

Doing Well By Doing Good

December 3, 2018

At Omidyar Network, a big part of our work involves backing companies whose mission is to help the more than 170 million Americans who are struggling financially to lead more secure and pros

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Namita Dalmia
Principal
&
Sarvesh Kanodia
Associate, Investments

High quality, interactive online teaching to disrupt after-school learning in India; Why We Invested in Vedantu

November 28, 2018

Why we invested in Vedantu, a platform for after-school tutoring that enables affordable access to great teachers all over India.

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
&
Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments

Keeping a Promise for Early Childhood Development; Why We Invested in Promise Venture Studio

November 28, 2018

Although there has been a significant increase over the last 10 years in entrepreneurial activity in US K-12 and higher education, the same cannot be said for early childhood innovation that targets our youngest learners.

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
&
Michael H. Levine
Chief Knowledge Officer, Sesame Workshop
&
Matt Glickman
President of Promise Venture Studio

The Time is Now: Investing Early in Our Children's Future

November 26, 2018

Isabelle Hau, Michael H. Levine, and Matt Glickman share the importance of early childhood development and the urgency to invest in our youngest children.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Investments

State of Aadhaar initiative enters a new phase

November 18, 2018

The Dalberg team will expand the breadth and depth of the State of Aadhaar survey to provide the data backbone for a nationwide conversation on Good ID.

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Tracy Williams
Director, Intellectual Capital
&
Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

Moving Forward: The Future of Home Care in Maine

November 16, 2018

Mike Kubzansky and Tracy Williams reflect on Omidyar Network’s support of Question 1 in Maine, including what’s next for the effort to provide universal home care to elderly and the disabled throughout the state.

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Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

Why We Invested: UN Economic Commission for Africa

November 16, 2018

Omidyar Network is proud to support the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s work with the African Union to co-develop a framework for Good Digital Identity in Africa that will make progress on challenges specific to the African context.

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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
&
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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Three Keys To Unlocking Consumer Trust In Fintech

We are in the midst of a strong economy and record-low unemployment. Yet, the majority of American households are not able to achieve financial health.

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Survey: App-Based Drivers in NYC Struggling Financially, Want Benefits

An opinion survey released today by IDG Benefits Fund, with support from Omidyar Network, shows the majority of app-based drivers in New York City struggle to pay their bills and say any unexpected expense could lead to financial catastrophe—and as such, support placing surcharges on app-based rides to help pay for a benefits package for drivers.

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Omidyar Network Pushes Investors Beyond Trade-offs

Impact Alpha digs into the recently released Beyond Trade-offs series to highlight how different investors approach considerations of risk, financial returns, and environmental and social impact.

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