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Thea Anderson
Director, Investments

Why We Invested: Platform for Good Digital Identity

January 21, 2019

Interest in leveraging our digital identities to expand business, communication, healthcare, and other important aspects of society has exploded in the past year.

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Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
&
Yoav Schlesinger
Principal, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

2019: A Year to Move Purposefully and Fix Things

January 21, 2019

In 2018, we created Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab to co-create practical, scalable solutions in partnership with industry and civil society. It’s early days, but here are some of last year’s highlights.

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Govind Shivkumar
Principal, Investments

Why We Invested: A Modular Open Source Identity Platform

January 11, 2019

As countries implement national identity systems, hoping to include and empower their citizens, unlock the efficiencies, and realize the potential of a digital society, they can experience challenges that at best frustrate and at worst cost time and money. 

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
&
Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments

Big Ideas, Little Learners

January 9, 2019

How can we increase scalable solutions that would allow every young child to thrive? A new report explores current early childhood megatrends and how early learning could look in the future.

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Robynn Steffen
Director, Impact Investing

The Rise of DAFs: Three Reasons Why We Invested in CapShift and ImpactAssets

December 19, 2018

We see three reasons to believe in the potential of donor-advised funds to drive significant social and environmental impact and are pleased to support two organizations leading the charge to unlock the DAF market for impact.

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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
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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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Announcement

Life Skills Non-Profit Dream a Dream Announces Grant From Omidyar Network India

Dream a Dream, a non-profit organization based in Bangalore that empowers young people from vulnerable backgrounds with critical life skills to thrive in the 21st century, today announced a grant from Omidyar Network 

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Announcement

Mexican Fintech Albo Raises $7.4 Million in Series A Funding Round

The Series A round was led by Mountain Nazca and joined by Omidyar Network, and Greyhound Capital, venture capital firms who invest in bold entrepreneurs leading engines of positive social change, and businesses focused on sustainable, long-term success.

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Article

Learnings from a Decade of Investing For Impact

The impact investing industry has completed a decade in India, and made important contributions to improving the lives of hundreds of millions of Indians. To reflect on the milestone, we partnered with Livemint, to publish a 3-part series of op-eds.

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