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.
Posts about Pierre Omidyar
  • 5 things we learned about building a new media company

    … Last year was supposed to have ushered in a golden age for journalism. Old and new media alike got infusions from tech-rich entrepreneurs like eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, not to mention venture capitalists. Undaunted by the difficulties of digital publishing, new startups were launched, fueled by the belief in new ways…

    Lucia Moses/ Digiday- 7 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- 21 readers -
  • Platforms court journalists, but will the romance last?

    … Schiller, the former NPR chief executive, who left in October as head of news at Twitter, and Mark Coatney, Tumblr’s evangelist for media companies. Clashes between the cultures of the tech and news aren’t limited to platforms. When First Look, the journalism startup of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, lost muckraking journalist Matt Taibbi, First…

    Lucia Moses/ Digidayin Social- 14 readers -
  • Insane Story of the Day: eBay Started as an Ebola Site

    … disease.” When eBay’s auction site became one of the first true success stories of the web 1.0 in 1997, Ebola Information was scrapped. Also, I’m going to be honest: At first, I read the headline of Griffith’s piece as “eBay started a website about Ebola,” and got a little too excited to write a scathing criticism of such a distasteful…

    Joe Lazauskas/ The Content Strategistin Content- 7 readers -
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