Thursday, March 20, 2008

Private Chef

I'd love to cook for the esteemed founder of E-Bay, Pierre Omidyar.


neon said...

Hey Leslie, what does this sentence mean? Are you going to cook for him or what? Or is it just a simple expression of love for anything? Why just him? You get me really confused :-)

Leslie said...

He (and his wife?) do great things with their $$. I'd like to say that I'm already cooking for him, but he doesn't know it yet... Perhaps he'll come across my blog?

neon said...

Thanks.. it's getting more interesting :-) Please, tell me something more about the good things they do? And is it somehow connected to macrobiotic?

Leslie said...

Main article: Omidyar Network

The Network's stated mission is to "enable individual self-empowerment on a global scale" and employ "business as a tool for social good," inspired by 18th century economic philosopher Adam Smith. Drawing from a $200 million for-profit fund and a $200 million nonprofit fund, the Network invests in areas such as microfinance, technology and community-based initiatives expecting risk-appropriate returns on all for-profit investments. Omidyar decided to create the Network in lieu of a traditional foundation when he recognized that eBay's social impact as a for-profit company was scalable and financially self-sustaining. Omidyar cites "trust between strangers" as the social impact tied to eBay's ability to be profitable. Prior to launching Omidyar Network in June 2004, he had invested his personal money in, a website Omidyar did not found himself but on whose board of directors he now sits. He cites "strangers connecting over shared interests" as the social impact tied to Meetup's ability to be profitable.

In 2005, Omidyar donated $100 million to Tufts University to launch the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund. The fund is intended to spur economic self-empowerment for the poor in developing countries through microfinancing, while demonstrating to other institutional investors the potential of microfinance as commercially viable. Omidyar also actively invests in for-profit microfinance opportunities through Omidyar Network.

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Leslie,
I think it is wonderful that you are putting this out to the Universe ... ya never know!!