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

    … 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- 11 readers -
  • Why Silicon Valley and media don’t mix easily

    … to halve the magazine’s frequency and relocate it from D.C. to New York. Update on @tnr resignations: mainly senior staff, right after some Silicon Valley disrupters took over. Oh boy… http://t.co/YjkzGpNwkx — Max Antonucci (@DigitalMaxToday) December 5, 2014 What we learned: Publishing economics are hard, and even more so for a single-title…

    Lucia Moses/ Digiday- 25 readers -
  • Platforms court journalists, but will the romance last?

    … Look’s own publication, The Intercept, pointed to a power struggle between the “highly structured Silicon Valley corporate environment, and the fiercely independent journalists who view corporate cultures and management-speak with disdain.” Coatney, who wasn’t involved in Storyboard but left Tumblr in 2013, shortly after it ended, said platforms become…

    Lucia Moses/ Digidayin Social- 18 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- 10 readers -
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