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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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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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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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Three Keys To Unlocking Consumer Trust In Fintech

Article December 5, 2018

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

Announcement December 5, 2018

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

Article November 28, 2018

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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Credit Disrupted: Digital MSME Lending in India

Research Report November 20, 2018

India’s 60 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) make an enormous contribution both to India’s employment and its gross domestic product (GDP).

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Beyond Trade-offs

Research Report October 31, 2018

Introducing Beyond Trade-offs, a series of perspectives from leading impact investors about how they balance risk, return, and impact. Published on The Economist’s digital platform, the series highlights how a nuanced approach to impact investing can help us move past the polarizing trade-offs debate to move more capital off the sidelines.

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10 Strategies for Building Innovation Ecosystems in Early Stage Markets

Research Report October 30, 2018

Technology has the potential to have a dramatic impact on developing countries. The cost of connectivity and components has fallen significantly, while the power and utility of technology have massively increased. In critical sectors like health and education to financial inclusion and open government there is an opportunity for poorer countries to perform a “digital leapfrog”: to use technology to accelerate growth and development.

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