Omidyar Technology Ventures

We are an
entrepreneur's fund.

We look for founders pursuing bold, transformative
ideas in massive markets.

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Our Story

Omidyar Technology Ventures (“OTV”) is an early stage venture capital firm created and solely funded by Pierre Omidyar. A pioneer of the Internet, Pierre was one of the first to see its potential to offer people unparalleled access to information, opportunity, and tools to pursue their goals — this ultimately led to the creation of eBay, the world’s first online marketplace. Ever the entrepreneur, Pierre is driven by what could be, and passionate about investing in technology innovators.

At OTV, we cherish the opportunity to partner with entrepreneurs looking to solve big, meaningful problems. We look for founders with unique insights that give them clarity of purpose, courage and conviction enabling them to pursue their vision with a sense of inevitability.

We are committed to the success of the entrepreneurs we partner with — the ultimate measure of our success is their success. Our team brings a critical set of skills honed over decades of working with early and growth stage companies, and a unique network that spans industries, sectors and geographies.

Principles

Fortune favors entrepreneurs who are obsessed with a vision for transforming markets, and have the insights, drive and courage to make that vision a reality.

We strive to have a well thought out point of view, but always keep an open mind. No one has all the answers, so we focus on asking smart questions.

Being an entrepreneur is among the hardest and most stressful endeavors. We know what a difference it makes to have the right partner on your side.

We believe in being honest and direct and that candor is the bedrock of trust and effective collaboration.

We believe that actions speak louder than words. We focus on doing more and talking less.

Working with entrepreneurs is a privilege and we treat it as such.

Todor Tashev

Todor Tashev

Todor invests across a broad range of industries drawing on his extensive experience as an operator, investor and advisor to technology companies. He loves working with entrepreneurs tackling hard, meaningful problems.

Before launching Omidyar Technology Ventures, Todor was a Partner at Omidyar Network where he was responsible for the firm’s global Technology, Internet and Mobile Investments. Prior to that, Todor led Tellme Networks’ mobile applications strategy establishing Tellme as the leader in the space. Todor began his investment career at JP Morgan where he made venture capital and private equity investments in technology, consumer products, and financial services companies.

Todor has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA in International Economics from Carleton University, Canada, and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Pearl Chan

Pearl Chan

Pearl enjoys working with passionate entrepreneurs looking to leverage technology innovation to disrupt various market categories.

Pearl’s passion for helping companies started at an early age when she saw first-hand how her father built his own business. From that point on, she was hooked on understanding how businesses succeed and create a strong culture.

Prior to joining the founding team of OTV in 2015, Pearl was at Omidyar Network where she helped lead investments across consumer Internet & mobile, financial services, and education. She started her career at Goldman Sachs where she helped companies navigate IPOs and M&A and at Tinicum Capital where she helped evaluate investments in telecom and technology.

Pearl received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Pearl also helped build a women career-focused network.

Chris Bishko

Chris Bishko

Chris believes that building companies that address meaningful problems is one of the highest callings – as well as being one of the most difficult. Chris is passionate about partnering with teams seeking to build companies that can make a difference on a massive scale.

In working with entrepreneurs Chris draws upon his years of experience as an investor and investment banker working with companies across a range of sectors and stages of development.

Chris was previously an Investment Partner at Omidyar Network focusing on venture investments in technology and financial services companies that empower individuals and small businesses. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Chris worked at JPMorgan as an investment banking client officer covering enterprise software and services companies. Chris began his career as a private equity investment professional with JPMorgan Capital Corp., where he helped lead more than $450 million of financial services related investments.

Chris received a BS from Duke University, where he majored in biomedical engineering and English literature.

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Sid Trivedi

Sid Trivedi

Having lived and worked in the United States (east and west coast), India, Singapore and Indonesia, Sid is a strong believer of the impact that technology can have in connecting people and developing nations.

Prior to OTV, Sid was an Associate at Symphony Technology Group, a Palo Alto-based private equity firm focused on investing in software, technology-enabled and data analytics companies. Prior to Symphony, Sid was an Analyst in the Technology, Media & Telecom group at Barclays Investment Bank in New York City. At Barclays, Sid advised clients on a range of different buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate debt and equity financings.

Sid graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University, majoring in Economics with a minor in Biology. While at Cornell, Sid built the Cornell Venture Capital Club and currently serves as the organization’s President Emeritus and sits on its board of advisors.

Companies

We’re not interested in coloring within the lines; we look for those drawing their own lines. In permanent ink. Meet a few of our artists in residence.

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