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

    … was to present complex subjects and developing stories like Ebola and Bitcoin in more accessible, varied formats than those found in the traditional newspaper. This trend is responding to the fact that while there’s more information than ever on the Internet, we don’t necessarily have the context we need to make sense of the news. The hope…

    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- 25 readers -
  • Platforms court journalists, but will the romance last?

    … and Google News; the new group will be charged with producing data sets using Google and other sources that will get journalists to include Google in their reporting. Twitter also has been getting in the content business, hiring Simon Rogers from The Guardian last year to be its data editor, digging up stories found in tweets in the aggregate. The content…

    Lucia Moses/ Digidayin Social- 17 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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