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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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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
&
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
&
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
&
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

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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This past year we’ve invested heavily in challenger banks including: @Chime, @Aspiration, @TandemMoney, @kaleidofint.co/yiCS6JDZi7

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ShopUp Raises $1.62 Million Seed Round Led by Omidyar Network

The company is a digital credit platform facilitating working capital to small-business owners and home-based entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

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Financial Health Solutions For Consumers Evade Financial Firms

The future of financial services hangs on creating sustainable revenue models for players that support financial wellness, create value, and build trust with underserved consumers. But how is the consumer positively impacted? And who should pay for these solutions?

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Use Customer Surveys to Measure and Improve Nonprofit Programs

Omidyar Network's Jessica Kiessel and the Fund for Shared Insight's Melinda Tuan reflect on how nonprofits can measure program effectiveness by listening to feedback from constituents.

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