Emmalyn leads our Investment Management team’s effort in the evaluation and selection of all Emerging Tech and Financial Inclusion investments and subsequent portfolio management. She is also responsible for driving our Emerging Market Entrepreneurship investment team.
Emmalyn came to Omidyar Network with 16 years of venture experience with early and late stage investment success across funds ranging from $200M to $2.6B in size and experience in investment banking and software product management. Prior to joining the firm, she spent eight years as a venture partner at Oak Investment Partners in Silicon Valley. At Oak, she deployed over $150M of capital focused on consumer Internet and digital media investments including Thrillist Media, Huffington Post (acquired by AOL), Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) and Bleacher Report (acquired by Turner). Before Oak, Emmalyn spent eight years in venture capital at VantagePoint Venture Partners and The Barksdale Group focused on enterprise software and consumer Internet, with investments including Intermix / mySpace (acquired by Fox) and TellMe Networks (acquired by MSFT). Earlier, Emmalyn was a banker in Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Finance Technology group, and she began her career as a product manager for MSCI Barra, a leading portfolio analytics software company.
Emmalyn has been active in numerous charitable organizations, educational institutions, and nonprofit entities, and she is a frequent guest speaker for classes in entrepreneurship and venture capital at Stanford University, Wharton West, and University of California at Berkeley. She is currently a member of San Francisco World President Organization (WPO), a long-time board member and former President of the Woodside School Foundation, and a member of the Aim High Leadership Council.
Emmalyn holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in economics with minors in mathematics and philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.