Tag Archives: ebay

Omidyar Network

I want to thank those of you who have trekked over to the Omidyar Network to check out the business plan that enables eBay to facilitate charitable giving. There has been a slow and steady rise in users checking out the idea and an increasing number of ideas and suggestions posted on the discussion thread around the idea, better still, people are starting to vote for it. For those that have, thank you! For those who haven’t you can check out the the link.
For those into non-profit projects you should check out the the Omidyar Network. The network was founded by Pierre Omidyar, who at 28, co-founded and wrote the original computer code for eBay. It is not clear to me, but it appears that he occasionally funds ideas – either non-profit and for-profit but that generate a public good – that are discussed on the network. For those with a non-profit (or even for-profit idea that has a public good element to its business plan) the network offers an online workspace where you and your team (along with others on the network) can collaborate. It’s still unclear to me how effective it is at distilling out good ideas but it is worth exploring.

Sidebar: I just finished watching (for the first time ever) Inside the Actor’s Studio and Matt Damon was the guest. Someone apparently described Damon as “the thinking person’s movie star” which is absolutely correct. Anyway, if you can check it this interview. I’ve always liked Matt Damon as an actor – but what a person. So much integrity and work ethic, but fun at the same time.

[tags]ebay, social entreprise, omidyar network[/tags]

Making eBay better

So I’ve decided to get serious about refining my idea around how eBay can leverage its core competencies and business model to enhance charitable giving. What makes me proud of this idea is that it has numerous positive spin off effects for both charities and eBay but requires virtually no capital investment – it leverages existing infrastructure and networks so it is highly efficient and low risk.

I’ve sent up a discussion thread on the idea here and a workspace where you can edit the proposal here. Would love it if you dropped on by and voted for the idea and/or registered comments or suggestions!

[tags]Social enterprise, ebay, opensouce, open source[/tags]