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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
&
Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

A Partnership for More Responsible Tech: Assessing Facebook’s Role in Elections

April 19, 2018

Last week, Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab announced a joint partnership with several leading foundations to fund independent academic research into the role that Facebook plays in elections.

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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
Principal, 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
Senior Manager, 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
Principal, 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
&
Alexandre Lazarow
Principal, 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
Principal, 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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High-Volume Recruitment Start-Up Giraffe Closes Second Funding Round

Giraffe, the automated high-volume recruitment start-up, announced that it has closed a second round of equity funding.

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Researchers to Put Facebook's Role in Elections Under Magnifying Glass

Omidyar Network is joining six other funders to support a new initiative to study Facebook's role in elections and democracy.

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Facebook announces commission to examine social media's effects on elections

Omidyar Network has joined an effort to fund a new initiative that will enable independent researchers to perform an assessment of the role that Facebook plays in elections.

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