Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار‎, born June 21, 1967) is a French-born Iranian American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with eBay's 1998 Initial Public Offering (IPO). Omidyar and his wife Pamela are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond nonprofits to include for-profits and public policy. Since 2010 Omidyar has been involved in online journalism as head of investigative reporting and public affairs news service Honolulu Civil Beat.
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  • 5 things we learned about building a new media company

    … advertising was embracing video ads as a second revenue stream. We have some ’splaining to do. Explainer sites were the big thing this past year. The year 2014 brought us Vox.com, Nate Silver’s 538 and The New York Times’ The Upshot and other verticals at existing media companies. The idea behind these data or “explainer” journalism startups…

    Lucia Moses/ Digiday- 10 readers -
  • Why Silicon Valley and media don’t mix easily

    … The publishing industry’s white knight, in the form of billionaire techie, is turning out to be an awkward rescue. It initially was heartening when tech entrepreneurs offered publishers a lifeline, with former eBay founder Pierre Omidyar vowing to plow $250 million into investigative journalism, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos scooping up The Washington…

    Lucia Moses/ Digiday- 23 readers -
  • Platforms court journalists, but will the romance last?

    … they’re also trying to get to freely post content on the same platform. That’s why social news app Flipboard says it will stop at curating publishers’ content, said its spokeswoman, Christel van der Boom. “Flipboard will never create original content,” she said. “We don’t want to compete with our partners.” One platform that has made an unwavering…

    Lucia Moses/ Digidayin Social- 15 readers -
  • Insane Story of the Day: eBay Started as an Ebola Site

    … After spending way too much time playing with the Way Back Machine, Fortune’s Erin Griffith came away with an amazing scoop: eBay started as a website about Ebola. In 1995, ebay.com was just another quirky domain on the young web. As Griffith reports, entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar only bought it when his first choice, echobay.com, wasn’t…

    Joe Lazauskas/ The Content Strategistin Content- 9 readers -
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