Omidyar Network

  • CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry “Sell Out”?

    CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry “Sell Out”?

    CouchSurfing International is one of those rare Web companies– like Mozilla or Craigslist– that has eschewed the normal Silicon Valley values of growth, greed and venture capital. It’s one of those startups that uses the word “community” to mean people that have lasting, real-world connections to one another, not just the new industry jargon for… Read More

  • SeeClickFix Gets Seen, Clicked And Funded (By Omidyar Network And O'Reilly)

    SeeClickFix, developer of technologies that enable citizens to report and monitor non-emergency issues in their local communities, has raised equity funding from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Omidyar Network, the investment vehicle of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. According to the press release, this marks Omidyar Network’s first for-profit investment in its Government… Read More

  • Using Video Games to Burn all that Fat Caused by Playing Video Games (TCTV)

    HopeLab is a nonprofit video game lab founded by Pam Omidyar, wife of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. That’s right, I said non-profit video game lab. It seeks to make the world better through video games, and it’s hoping it has a new hit on its hands with Zamzee. Zamzee combats sedentary behavior by giving kids and teens points for moving more throughout the day and those points can… Read More

  • Omidyar Network Gives $55 Million to Help Government Transparency, Mobile Technology

    If eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is like a mini-Santa for the emerging world, the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting is his Christmas. Last year his foundation, the Omidyar Network, announced a $30 million fund, and today he’s announced another $55 million investment. Last year’s fund was focused on helping people’s lives by funding high-impact entrepreneurs in… Read More

  • Omidyar Network Hands $2.3M In Grants To Global Voices, mySociety and The XYZ Show

    eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s philanthropic investment firm, Omidyar Network, has announced three new grants today, all to non-profits that are helping to add transparency and accountability to government institutions. In total, the Omidyar Network has given $2.3 million in grants to the three organizations, Global Voices, mySociety and The XYZ Show. The network has granted the… Read More

  • Spurned By Google, Digg Taps VCs For $29 Million C Round

    After being passed up by Google for an acquisition in the $200-million range, social news site Digg is going it alone with a fresh $28.7 million infusion of capital. The C round was led by new investor Highland Capital Partners, which as joined by existing investors Greylock Partners, Omidyar Network, SVB Capital. That brings the total amount the company has raised to $40 million since it… Read More