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

    … tempting to think that all the new media startups means more employment for journalists and more serious news production. Yes and no. For its 11th annual State of the News Media report, Pew Research Center estimated that there are 5,000 full-timers across 500 digital-only news sites, including Vice, BuzzFeed and Business Insider. But that’s a drop…

    Lucia Moses/ Digiday- 9 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?

    … 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- 15 readers -
  • Insane Story of the Day: eBay Started as an Ebola Site

    … and opportunistic content strategy. Fortunately, that was a false alarm. But just in case any brands are thinking about starting a site related to Ebola, don’t do it unless you’re Doctors Without Borders or another health organization involved in the fight against the deadly disease. No one wants to read Ebola Weekly, presented by Taco Bell in partnership with Chrysler. Related…

    Joe Lazauskas/ The Content Strategistin Content- 9 readers -
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