Posts by Paula Goldman
Talent is Key: (With video) Omidyar Network shares lessons learned from the impact Investing field (Pt 4)
At Omidyar Network, our first insight was about the value of seeking strong and experienced for-profit investment professionals. Our early impact investing efforts were executed occasionally by foundation staff accustomed to only making grants; it was difficult in such circumstances to execute on for-profit, venture-oriented deals. Omidyar Network Managing Partner Matt Bannick touches on the critical role of talent in impact investing.
A Flexible Toolkit Increases Your Impact: (With video) Omidyar Network shares lessons learned from the impact Investing field (Pt 3)
No matter what structure you use to do impact investing- whether a stand-alone fund, a foundation, or a family office – you likely have access to a broader toolkit than you think. Luther Ragin, Jr., CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network, applies this concept of flexibility to the private foundation world. He disagrees with the idea that foundations are so inherently limited that they cannot engage a full financial toolbox.
Match Return Expectations to the Market You’re Serving: (With video) Omidyar Network shares lessons learned from the impact Investing field (Pt 2)
There is a considerable split in the impact investing world between so-called ‘returns first’ investors and ‘impact first’ investors, who disagree on whether it’s ever necessary to expect returns that are below market rate.
NexThought Monday: Addressing Problems First, Structure Second : (With video) Omidyar Network shares lessons learned from the impact Investing field (Pt 1)
There are lots of ways to do impact investing: Within a foundation, through your family office, through a stand-alone fund, or through a hybrid structure. At Omidyar Network, we’ve learned it’s important to first examine the problem you are trying to solve—and what kind of talent, legal and financial resources you need to solve it—before creating an organizational structure to execute on the vision.