Pierre Omidyar

Founding Partner

Mr. Pierre M. Omidyar is a Co-Founder, Founding Partner, and Director at Omidyar Network. Mr. Omidyar co-founded Omidyar Network in 2004. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Omidyar guides Omidyar Network with his strategic vision, values, and fresh approach to the field of philanthropy. As an extension of Omidyar Network’s activities in microfinance, in 2005, Mr. Omidyar gave $100 million to Tufts University. He is a Founder of First Look Media, Inc. Mr. Omidyar serves as Advisor of Neoteny Co., Ltd. He is a Commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Mr.Omidyar is also Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Honolulu Civil Beat. He also founded eBay Inc. as a sole proprietorship on Labor Day in September 1995 on the premise that people are basically good and he continues to serve as chairman of the board. Mr. Omidyar served as the President at eBay Inc until August 1996. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Ebay Inc. until February 1998 and served as its Chief Financial Officer until November 1997. He has been the Chairman of eBay Inc. since May 1996. After eBay became a public company in 1998, he co-founded the Omidyar Foundation. Prior to founding eBay, Mr. Omidyar co-founded Ink Development Corp. (later renamed eShop) in May 1991 and was a Software Engineer from May 1991 to September 1994. He served as the Developer Services Engineer at General Magic from December 1994 to July 1996. Prior to co-founding Ink, Mr. Omidyar was a Consumer Software Engineer at Claris and a Developer for other Macintosh-oriented software development companies. He was employed at Apple. Mr. Omidyar serves as a Director of ePeople, Inc. He is a Director of The Ulupono Initiative, LLC. He is a sole sponsor and founder of the firm along with his wife. He is a Board Observer at Seesmic Inc. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Tufts University, Punahou School, Santa Fe Institute, and Omidyar Foundation. He serves as the Chairman of The Intercept. Previously, Mr. Omidyar served as a Director of Grand Central Communications Inc., and Twelve Entrepreneuring Inc. He served as Director of MeetUp Inc. In 2011, he and his wife were honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for the lasting impact of their work. Mr. Omidyar holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Tufts University.

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