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Alissa Black
Director, Investments

Sustainability: The Opportunities for Civic Tech

November 14, 2017

Omidyar Network's Alissa Black reflects on the Knight Foundation's new report on how civic tech start-ups are seeking sustainability.

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CV Madhukar
Investment Partner

Building the Foundation for a More Inclusive, Secure Digital Identity in India

November 7, 2017

We fundamentally believe that digital identity has the potential to empower people to participate fully in society and the digital economy, but only if it is available and useful to the individual, non-discriminatory, and designed for inclusion, meaningful user-control, and privacy.

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Reaching Deep in Low-Income Markets: What Have We Learned?

November 6, 2017

How much do we know about how deeply down the economic pyramid enterprises can reach – in critical sectors such as agriculture, education, energy, and financial inclusion – while still achieving financial sustainability and scale?

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Protecting the World’s Investigative Journalists | Why We Invested: Reporters Without Borders

October 31, 2017

In these increasingly urgent times for press freedom worldwide, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) serves a critical role in the global press freedom landscape. This 30-year old Paris-based organization maintains some of the most foundational global infrastructure to protecting reporters investigating the world’s most dangerous stories.

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Robynn Steffen
Senior Manager, Impact Investing
&
McKenzie Smith
Program Manager, Impact Investing

A Call to Action for Silicon Valley

October 31, 2017

Tech giants Salesforce and Twilio recently unveiled new impact investing funds representing two distinct but important funding models to inspire their Silicon Valley peers.

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Myo Zin

Investing in Home-Grown Talent | Why We Invested: eTekkatho Digital Libraries

October 17, 2017

Myanmar finds itself on the cusp of technological revolution. Encouraged by outside investment and the country’s innovative spirit along with high smart phone penetration, a tech-focused entrepreneurship ecosystem is emerging.

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CV Madhukar
Investment Partner

Digital Identity and Privacy

October 12, 2017

Identity is vital to participate fully in our modern digital society and economy. Yet, designed and implemented unchecked, digital identity technologies could have unintended adverse consequences for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Alissa Black
Director, Investments

Engaging Young People in Civic Action | Why We Invested: DoSomething.org

October 11, 2017

Millennials and Gen Z represent our most socially tolerant and demographically diverse generations, and they remain an untapped source of civic action and social change.

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Founder’s Corner: NerdWallet’s Tim Chen with advice for aligning an organization, staying focused, and managing headcount without politics

October 9, 2017

It’s been nearly 10 years since Tim Chen, founder and CEO of NerdWallet, began tinkering away building the startup he helms today.

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Vineet Bewtra
Director, Investments

Why We Invested: Siyavula

October 9, 2017

The Siyavula Practice uses powerful and sophisticated machine learning to meet all students where they are, and helps take them on a progressive learning journey.

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Announcement

Wi-Fi analytics startup i2e1 raises $3 million in series A funding

i2e1, a Wi-Fi analytics start-up, today announces $3 million in Series A funding led by Omidyar Network.

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Article

Want sector-level change? Go beyond funding just programmes

In an op-ed by published by India Development Review (IDR), Roopa Kudva discusses how organizational structure, sector infrastructure, and research and policy are key to creating sector-level change.

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Announcement

Leading Tech Platforms and Cyber Experts Join New ADL Advisory Board to Clamp Down on Online Hate

Today at its Never is Now! summit, the Anti-Defamation League launched its Center for Technology and Society with funding from Omidyar Network and announced that more than a dozen tech sector leaders will serve on CTS’s board of advisors.

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