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Amol Warange
Principal, Investments

Making Formal Financial Services Relevant to Indian Consumers: Why We Invested in Kaleidofin

April 15, 2018

India is starting to reap the benefits of several transformational initiatives launched in recent years, which are focused on improving access to the formal financial system. A staggering number of bank accounts have been opened by the Jan Dhan program.

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EDUpreneurs Wanted

April 12, 2018

We are committed to supporting education changemakers — both in the nonprofit and for-profit space — but we need more “edupreneurs” willing to push boundaries; more governments and communities willing to pursue public-private collaboration; and more financial capital flowing into the sector to provide support.

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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments
&
Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner

Why We Invested: Waterford UPSTART: Expanding School Readiness for Early Learners

April 11, 2018

At Omidyar Network, we are investing in solutions that seek to improve the development and educational outcomes of children birth to age five. Waterford UPSTART provides one way for families to support and develop their young children.

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

Measuring What Matters: Why We Invested in the U.S. Financial Health Pulse

April 10, 2018

Why we invested in the U.S. Financial Health Pulse, a rigorous, regularly-refreshed snapshot of the financial health of American adults.

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
&
Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments

Why We Invested: Holberton School

April 9, 2018

One of the biggest issues facing higher education in the US today is return on investment. Is the price of a higher education leading to a fulfilling professional career that will enable a student to earn and comfortably repay his or her school expenses?

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Anuradha Ramachandran
Director, Investments
&
Sarvesh Kanodia
Associate, Investments

Why We Invested: Varthana

April 5, 2018

Why we invested in Varthana, a financial services company transforming the affordable private school sector in India.

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Jenny Johnston
Associate, Investments

Unit Economics: A “Must Have” at All Stages of a Startup

April 2, 2018

Jenny Johnston and Alex Lazarow interview the CFO of Zoona, a mobile payments company in Africa.

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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments
&
Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner

Why We Invested: 4.0 Schools Expands to Include Breakthrough Ideas for Early Learners

March 23, 2018

4.0 Schools connects, coaches, and invests in people who want to test a breakthrough education idea and pilot it with students and families.

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Chris Jurgens
Director, Impact Investing
&
Robynn Steffen
Director, Impact Investing

Advancing the Roadmap for Impact Investing

March 22, 2018

As the impact investing movement rounds the corner into its second decade, organizations across the industry are taking stock in how far we’ve come — and indeed, there has been remarkable progress — and identifying with increasingly clarity what work remains to be done.

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Announcement

Investigative reporting co-operative, The Ferret, has secured a $100,000 grant to support its award-winning work

The two-year grant comes from Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, and will enable The Ferret to expand its journalistic capacity, increase membership and impact, and strengthen its ability to hold power to account across Scotland, the UK and beyond.

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Announcement

Independent Research Commission Partnering with Facebook and 7 Nonprofit Foundations to Study Role of Social Media in Elections and Democracy Reveals New Name and Announces First Data Set is Available for Academic Research

The independent research commission that was announced in April to use Facebook data to analyze the role of social media on elections and democracy revealed today the organization's name — Social Science One. The new organization also provided details about how it will work, and announced that academics can now apply for access and funding to study the first Facebook data set.

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Article

Moving from Financial Access to Health

In a new World Bank article, Tilman Ehrbeck shares insights on the change in focus from financial access to financial health.

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