Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. 

At a Glance

Innovations5
Members 2
Partners 0

Organization Type

  • Venture Capitalist
  • Social Impact

Contact

1991 Broadway Street, Suite 200
Redwood City, California 94063 

Omidyar Network Africa Proprietary Limited
108 Rivonia Road
Radisson Blu, Gautrain Hotel, 11th Flr., Ste. 1102
Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa 2196 

Omidyar Network UK Limited*
Charlotte House, 1st Floor
47- 49 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3QT 

Omidyar Network India Advisors Private Limited
61B, 2 North Avenue
Maker Maxity, Bandra-Kurla Complex
Mumbai 400051 

1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20036 

T : 650.482.2500
E : info@omidyar.com

Organization Mission

At Omidyar Network, we start from a fundamental belief: People are inherently capable, but they often lack opportunity. We believe if we invest in people, through opportunity, they will create positive returns for themselves, their families, and the world at large.

We also believe that businesses can be a powerful force for good. Pierre Omidyar experienced this firsthand as the founder of eBay. Just as eBay created the opportunity for millions of people to start their own businesses, we believe market forces can be a potent driver for positive social change. That’s why we invest in both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, whose complementary roles can advance entire sectors.Omidyar Network invests inentrepreneurs who share our commitment to advancing social good at the pace and scale the world needs today. We are focused on five key areas we believe are building blocks for prosperous, stable, and open societies: Consumer Internet and Mobile, Education, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights.

We take calculated risks in the earliest stages of innovation, helping to transform promising ideas into successful ventures. As an activeimpact investor, we offer more than just financial support. We provide vital human capital capabilities, from serving on boards to consulting on strategy, coaching executives to recruiting new talent. We connect promising investees to entrepreneurial visionaries with business know-how. We also leverage the tremendous capacity of Web and mobile technologies to go beyond incremental improvement and make a significant, widespread impact.

Understanding the scale and importance of this work, we don’t undertake the challenge alone. The most powerful force for change lies in our connection with others: business, government, nonprofits, and individual partners. Together, we can use our resources to transform scarcity into abundance and put enduring opportunity within reach of more people worldwide.

Innovations

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Joined-up Data Standards

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