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…

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  • Why Silicon Valley and media don’t mix easily

    … and earnestness, he had aspirations of making it into no less than “The New Yorker of the Beltway.” What they said: Hughes impressed people with his old-school mien, his charm and desire to move fast. “My goal for the publication is to be the magazine New York and D.C. and L.A. people read on the weekends,” he effused. What actually happened: Hughes…

    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

    … available. This iteration of eBay had no auctions, and the content lacked a clear focus: One page concentrated on a biotech startup, while another was dedicated to a Tufts University alumni group. But most notably, there was a section called Ebola Information because of Omidyar’s strange fascination with the disease. Griffith cites a passage from Adam…

    Joe Lazauskas/ The Content Strategistin Content- 9 readers -
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