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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
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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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Isabelle Hau
Venture Partner

Future of Work = Early Learning Today

October 4, 2017

The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is already disrupting our notions of work and education, and as AI grows more powerful it will dramatically change the skills employers seek and employees need.

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Founder’s Corner: Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter shares lessons learned on hiring, growth, and leading through well-defined values

September 26, 2017

In this episode of Founder’s Corner, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler joins the show for a conversation that dives deep into the origin story of the company that transformed crowdfunding and community building.

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New Reports from Digital Frontiers Institute Highlight Salaries and Gender Gap Across Africa’s Fintech Industry

To better understand and address human talent gaps that exist in Africa’s Fintech landscape, the Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) has released two new reports: the 2017 Fintech Talent Africa Leadership and Employee Engagement Report and the 2017 Fintech Talent Africa Compensation Report. 

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Shripriya Mahesh featured on Forbes Female Founders Series

In a recent Forbes article highlighting investors commited to funding female founders, Shripriya Mahesh discusses tangible steps to support and fund female founders. 

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Growing NextGen Interest in Impact Investing

Omidyar Network Managing Partner Matt Bannick talks to The Economist about the increasing interest in impact investing from younger generations.

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