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Jon Medved

Founder, CEO

Jon Medved

Founder, CEO

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Jonathan Medved is according to the Washington Post, ”one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. In the September, 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel. Medved has invested in over 100 Israeli startup companies, helping 12 of them to get to valuations in excess of $100 Million dollars. Medved was the co-founder and until recently the CEO of Vringo, a leader in mobile social applications which went public in June 2010. (NASDAQ: VRNG). Prior to Vringo, he was the founder and general partner of Israel Seed Partners (a $260M Israeli venture capital fund). At Israel Seed he led a number of successful investments and served as a Director on the Board of several portfolio companies including: Compugen (Nasdaq: CGEN), Business Layers (acquired by Netegrity, Nasdaq: NETE), Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom, Nasdaq BRCM), Answers.com (Nasdaq ANSW, acquired by Summit), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel, Nasdaq ALU), and Xtellus (acquired by Oclaro, OCLR). Between 1982 and 1990, he was a founder and the EVP of Marketing and Sales at Meret Optical Communications. Meret was acquired by the Amoco Corporation (NYSE: AN) in 1990. He was also part of the founding management team at Accent Software (Nasdaq: ACNTF), a leader in multilingual software where he served as EVP of Marketing and Sales in 1993-1994.

Steven Blumgart

Chairman

Steven Blumgart

Chairman

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Mr. Steven Blumgart is an investor in, and board member of, a number of privately-held businesses. Until January 2012, Mr. Blumgart was Co-director of the aluminum division at Glencore International plc, one of the largest commodity trading firms in the world, valued at $40bn. Mr. Blumgart joined Swiss based Glencore in October 1998, where he served in the coal commodity department, responsible for its industrial assets, before moving to the aluminum division. Prior to joining Glencore, Mr. Blumgart worked for three years at Grant Thornton in Johannesburg. Mr. Blumgart completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Tax Honours) degree from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a South African Chartered Accountant. In addition, Mr. Blumgart holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Anthony DeChellis

President of OurCrowd

Anthony DeChellis

President of OurCrowd

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Anthony DeChellis is President of OurCrowd, where he is responsible for the platform's global expansion and oversees all marketing and investor relations. DeChellis previously served as CEO of Credit Suisse' Private Banking Americas, a wealth management unit of the firm managing over $200B in assets for clients in North and South America. At Credit Suisse, DeChellis was on the Board of Credit Suisse Securities USA and the Private Banking Global Management Committee. Prior to Credit Suisse, DeChellis was the head of UBS Private Wealth Management in the U.S. DeChellis also spent 15 years at Merrill Lynch, where he held a range of leadership positions, including Head of European Private Banking based in London, and sat on the board of Merrill Lynch International Bank. DeChellis earned his MBA at the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from Rollins College. DeChellis resides in Connecticut and operates out of the OurCrowd New York City office.

Pini Lozowick

General Partner

Pini Lozowick

General Partner

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Pini Lozowick is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist. Pini has been a General Partner at the London based VC, Alta Berkeley, since 2003. He has backed multiple Israeli and US companies, 5 of which had a combined value on exit of over $3Billion. Pini was one of the first employees of Broadcom (BRCM) and their first Director of Marketing. Pini served as Chairman of Provigent which was sold to Broadcom for $350Million. Pini is also the founder and GM of Verisense, a Jerusalem based chip design company.

Zack Miller

Head of Investor Community

Zack Miller

Head of Investor Community

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Zack Miller has been growing investment businesses for the past decade. He's held senior leadership positions and consulted to some of the top next-generation finance sites including Seeking Alpha, Lending Club, LearnVest, Wall Street Survivor, Covestor, and SigFig. Zack began his career in finance as an equities analyst at a multinational hedgefund. He's also the author of Tradestream your Way to Profits: Building a Killer Portfolio in the Age of Social Media (WIley, 2010) and runs the popular investing website Tradestreaming.com. Zack received his MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and his BA in Economics from Harvard.

Elan Zivotofsky

General Partner

Elan Zivotofsky

General Partner

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Elan Zivotofsky has over 15 years of extensive, on-the-ground experience, focused on researching, raising capital for, and investing in Israeli companies. Elan has deep knowledge of the Israeli investment landscape, startup scene and the overall Israeli capital markets. Until recently, Elan was the Managing Partner of the Prelude Israel Fund, which was a hedge fund focused on Israeli companies. Elan was a Senior Vice President and the Head of Technology investment banking at Lehman Brothers in Israel from 2005-2008. Prior to that position, Elan was a portfolio manager at a global $1.5 billion hedge fund with a focus on long/short, catalyst driven and special situation investing. Between 1997-2002, Elan was a top-ranked Israeli technology research analyst at Goldman Sachs. Elan started his career as a technology research analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York (1994-1997). Elan received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude).

Evelyn Rubin

Business Development Partner

Evelyn Rubin

Business Development Partner

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Evelyn Rubin joins OurCrowd after more than a decade of experience in Israel’s venture capital and technology industries. Evelyn was a Senior Editor at Seeking Alpha, a leading online destination for stock market opinion and analysis.She was formerly a Senior Associate at JVP, a leading international venture capital fund headquartered in Jerusalem. At JVP, she focused on early stage investments in new materials and semiconductor companies. Prior to JVP, Evelyn was Director of Business Development at CipherIT, an early stage mobile security company. Evelyn holds an undergraduate degree in History and East Asian Studies and an MBA with a concentration in Finance, both from Hebrew University.

Danna Hochstein Mann

Partner, Head of Investor Relations

Danna Hochstein Mann

Partner, Head of Investor Relations

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Danna is the former VP Business Development at JVP Properties, the business, media and cultural facilities management arm of JVP Venture capital. In this role, Danna was responsible for the further development and ongoing management of the JVP Media Quarter, home to fund offices, portfolio companies, nonprofit organizations, restaurants and more. Previously, Danna was Senior Manager of Investor Relations & Marketing at JVP. Prior to JVP, Danna worked in the Global Marketing Department of The Estee Lauder Companies and served as Human Resources Manager for Banter, an Israeli start-up. Danna is Chairperson of PresenTense Israel’s Board of Directors, where she works with management and mentors local social entrepreneurs. In her roles at OurCrowd and PresenTense and as a local activist, Danna combines her passions for entrepreneurship and the city of Jerusalem, where she was born and raised. Danna holds an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Business Administration and Jewish Folklore from the Hebrew University.

Robert Citron

CFO

Robert Citron

CFO

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Robbie Citron brings to OurCrowd over 25 years of experience in financial management, including over a decade of working with start-ups through his role as Partner and CFO of Jerusalem Global Ventures, a leading Israeli venture capital fund. He also serves as consulting CFO for a number of independent Israeli biotech and medical start-ups, most recently with Izun Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Detection, Inc. Earlier in his career, Robbie was Financial Controller and Company Secretary of the Israeli branch of Hanson PLC and worked as a public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Israel and BDO Stoy Hayward in London. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Israel and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England & Wales. Robbie received an honors degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and sets aside part of his spare time to work with a number of Jerusalem based charitable institutions.

Jay Kalish

SVP, General Counsel

Jay Kalish

SVP, General Counsel

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Jay Kalish has extensive legal, investor relations and management experience over the past 20 years. He has served as general counsel to Israeli companies traded on the NASDAQ, including Teledata Communications and e-SIM, as well as to several start-ups. Jay has successfully served as senior investor relations executive to public Israeli companies including Allot Communications and ECI Telecom, building significant institutional following for his companies in the US, Europe and Israel. He also served previously as CEO of the Patir technology incubator, where he succeeded in obtaining follow-on funding for five out of seven early seed portfolio companies. Jay holds a BA in economics from Yeshiva University and a JD from the Cardozo School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Israel. He volunteers at Paamonim, an organization enabling people to become financially stable, and in his spare time enjoys jogging and photography.

Joel Maryles

Venture Partner and Chief Exit Officer

Joel Maryles

Venture Partner and Chief Exit Officer

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Joel Maryles has been actively involved with Israeli technology and healthcare companies for twenty five years. Maryles established and managed the Israeli investment banking operations for Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney and ran it for over a decade. Prior to that he was a Managing Director at Furman Selz where he ran their Israel-focused investment banking operations. Maryles has been involved in over 60 successful transactions for Israeli companies including IPOs, private placements, debt offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, Maryles has held senior positions in both investment management and sell-side research at a variety of Wall Street firms. Maryles holds a B.Sc. degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Gadi Mazor

General Partner, CTO

Gadi Mazor

General Partner, CTO

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Gadi Mazor served in the Talpiot Intelligence program (8200) and finished IDF’s officers course with extreme honors. He received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics and Probability with Distinction through the Addi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence at the Tel Aviv University. Gadi founded and managed three startup companies in the fields of character and voice recognition and wireless communications, and sat on an advisory board of RIM (BlackBerry). Gadi holds patents on various aspects of wireless communications, and served on the US Senate committee that defined the US public alert system. His companies sold wireless solutions to over 1,600 enterprises, including the US Senate and House of Representatives, CitiGroup, Coca Cola, Raytheon, and many others. In the spring of 2013, Gadi was awarded the entrepreneur of the year award from Blackberry. Gadi is a marathon runner and was one of the crazy people who swam the length of the Sea of Galilee in the summer of 2010.

Shai Ben-Tovim

Chief Product Officer

Shai Ben-Tovim

Chief Product Officer

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Shai Ben-Tovim is OurCrowd’s Chief Product Officer, responsible for the ongoing evolution of our crowdfunding platform and overseeing all product management and technology activities. Shai has been delivering great products for over 15 years and has held senior positions in strategy, product and technology management across multiple industries. Before joining OurCrowd, Shai was Head of Product for Wonga.com UK, a London-based online consumer finance company. Prior to Wonga, Shai worked for Alvarion in the broadband wireless access solutions space. He was a member of Alvarion’s executive management team, first as President of the R&D Division and later on as Corporate VP Strategy. Shai began his career as a software engineer in the video communication space in the Israeli startup scene. He is a 2012 Sloan Masters Fellow of London Business School, and has both a law degree (2002) and a computer science degree (2000, magna cum laudae) from Tel-Aviv University.

David Stark

Principal

David Stark

Principal

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David began his career as an investment analyst at Blackstone in the Real Estate Private Equity group, where he was involved in multiple leveraged buyout acquisitions with a combined value of over $700 million. David served in the Givati Rotem Brigade and finished basic training as the “most exemplary soldier” in his company. David graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and was a Joseph Wharton Scholar. David enjoys skiing, fishing and craft beers.

Audrey Jacobs

VP OurCrowd Americas

Audrey Jacobs

VP OurCrowd Americas

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Audrey Jacobs is a public relations and marketing veteran of 20 years who’s served clients in financial services, high tech, bio tech, medical to non-profits.In addition to having her own marketing firm specializing as a media relations coach, she was part of a US media relations team for global PR firm Porter Novelli.Recently she left the corporate world to pursue her Zionist passion to found and lead the San Diego chapter of StandWithUs, a global Israel education and advocacy organization.Audrey built in San Diego an exciting StandWithUs chapter with a large crowd of Venture Capitalists, CEO’s and Investors. Through her 20 year experience fundraising and organizing event as a lay leader for Jewish and Israel causes, Audrey has received numerous Jewish leadership awards.Audrey received her BA from San Diego State University (magna cum-laude).She is a sixth-generation Dallas, Texan and an avid runner.

Heather Vanderhoof

Head of Strategic Initiatives

Heather Vanderhoof

Head of Strategic Initiatives

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Heather Vanderhoof has an extensive track record of developing new businesses both in the US and internationally. She was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for Private Banking USA at Credit Suisse where she worked to expand the UHNW client business. Prior to her role as COO, she was the Head of Human Resources and Chief of Staff for Private Banking Americas. Heather joined Credit Suisse from UBS, where she worked for nine years in progressively senior roles in a variety of areas of the Private Client Group, including Corporate Employee Financial Services in both New York and Zurich and then as the Business Manager for the Private Wealth Management division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University and an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.

Chaim Meir Tessler

Dealflow Manager

Chaim Meir Tessler

Dealflow Manager

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Chaim Meir was previously involved in real estate development in New York City with Tessler Developments, where he was involved in the development of over 600 luxury apartments and housing for 400+ students with a combined value of over $1B, including the first building in NYC to have Smart Home Technology built into each unit. During that time, Chaim Meir founded and operated an outsourced workforce business employing over 70 people. Prior to his real estate career, Chaim Meir received his degree in Rabbinics from The Chief Rabbi of Israel, and then studied Marketing in NY, where he graduated cum laude. In 2012, Chaim Meir moved to Israel with his wife and children. He is a technology enthusiast who loves learning, and creating.

Denes Ban

Vice President

Denes Ban

Vice President

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Denes has dedicated more than 10 years to fostering growth and shaping corporate strategy for companies around the globe. Denes joins OurCrowd as the co-founder of PocketGuide, a winner of Techcrunch Europe, where he led the company to become the world’s leading travel guide mobile app with millions of users across 100 cities. Prior to building PocketGuide, he served as Chief Revenue Officer at Futureal, one of the largest Central European real estate investment partnerships. In addition, Denes led one of the European sales and consulting units of Exportradet, a leading management consulting firm, where he set international corporate strategy and increased the profitability of over 100 companies including Ericsson, Electrolux, H&M and Absolute Vodka. Denes holds an MBA from Umea University in Sweden and attended an EMBA at the Stockholm Business School. Denes also sits on the board of TLV Internationals, an NPO that serves as the largest international community center in Tel Aviv. On Saturday nights you can find him playing blues and jazz with his band.

Geoff Levy AO

Chair of the OurCrowd Advisory Board

Geoff Levy AO

Chair of the OurCrowd Advisory Board

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Geoff has significant experience in law, banking and investing, and is regarded as an expert in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and general corporate commercial law.

Geoff is co-founder and Chairman of Monash Private Capital, as well as non-executive Chairman of ASX listed companies Specialty Fashion Group Limited and Cromwell Property Group Limited. He was appointed Chairman of the Property Asset Utilisation Taskforce by the NSW Government in December 2011. Geoff was formerly CEO and Executive Chairman of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited Geoff has held a number of non-executive directorships of ASX listed companies and Federal Government entities

Prior to Investec, Geoff was a principal of Wentworth Associates, a boutique investment and advisory firm acquired by Investec Bank (Australia) Limited in 2001, and prior thereto was a partner of the law firm, Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills). Geoff was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honour list 2005.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand, a diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nathan Cher

Director, OurCrowd Australia

Nathan Cher

Director, OurCrowd Australia

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Nathan is co-founder and director of a string of companies (listed and unlisted) in the areas of technology, startups and property. 

Nathan pursues industry niches where improvement in customer-service through leveraged-technology & systems translates directly into increased shareholder value. In 2005 Nathan co-founded and chaired Real Estate Corp (RUN Property) which became Australia's largest independent residential Real Estate manager. The company was successfully sold in 2014. Nathan spent 14 years as a technical director and shareholder of Com Tech Communications which was later purchased by Dimension Data, and was recognised as the leading provider of network integration, training and distribution services in Australia employing over 1400 staff. 

Nathan studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Shein

Director, OurCrowd Australia

David Shein

Director, OurCrowd Australia

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David has been involved in investing in and managing a number of start-up and early stage technology companies, many of which have been successfully exited. 

David was the founder and Managing Director of Dimension Data Australia Pty Ltd. and established Dimension Data Australia (formerly Com Tech Communications) in July 1987 as a Specialist Supplier of networking and communications products. At the time of sale, Dimension data employed over 1400 people, had revenues of $700mil with no external debt. The company was sold for an enterprise value of over $1bil on 2000. David actively mentors management teams. 

David recently served as the Chairman of Centric Wealth Advisers Ltd. and was Chairman of Holly Connects, Inc. David was also Executive Chairman and Founding Investor of Macromatix . David is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Montech Holdings Limited. 

David holds a B.Comm and B. Acc from the University of Witwatersrand.

Joey Fridman

Director, OurCrowd Australia

Joey Fridman

Director, OurCrowd Australia

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Joey has extensive experience in investment management, investment banking, risk management, strategy and executive financial management.

Joey is co-founder and CEO of Monash Private Capital and was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. In addition to his CFO responsibilities, he chaired the Investment Committee, was closely involved in a number of its principal investment and funds management activities either as a director or board attendee, and had oversight for strategy and internal acquisitions for the Bank.

Prior to his role as CFO, Joey was one of the founding members of Investec’s corporate finance advisory division working across a range of private equity and corporate clients on mergers, acquisitions, privatisations, capital raisings and strategic corporate advice. Prior to Investec, Joey worked at PricewaterhouseCooopers in their corporate finance division.

Joey is currently Non-Executive Director of Montech Holdings Limited.

Joey is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand and an M.B.A from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Dan Bennett

Managing Director, OurCrowd Australia

Dan Bennett

Managing Director, OurCrowd Australia

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Dan has over 12 years of global experience in private banking, investment and law.

Dan is the former Head of Business Affairs at Future Capital Partners in London which has made venture investments of over $13 billion. Prior to this, Dan was the head of the Australian legal team for Australia's largest renewable energy business, Infigen Energy (formerly a Babcock & Brown Wind Partners), a listed vehicle on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Dan's professional career has focused on investment and deal execution, specifically M&A activity (structuring, negotiating and de-risking), financing, green field project development and asset management. Dan also worked with Minter Ellison lawyers in their Finance Group.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

David Shore

Director of Investor Relations, Canada

David Shore

Director of Investor Relations, Canada

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David serves as Director of Investor Relations in Toronto, breaking new ground for OurCrowd and startup investing in Canada. Prior to OurCrowd, David was a venture capitalist, angel investor and top ranked equity analyst at Mackie Research, CIBC, and Desjardins. As the Managing Director of Terracap Ventures, David developed the firm's overall corporate strategy. David also served as Head of the Technology Group for Mackie Research Capital in the Equity Research department covering Software & Media sectors. David was consistently ranked as a leading technology analyst (software) in Canada, and prior to joining Mackie Research Capital worked at leading financial institutions, including Desjardins, CIBC World Markets, and First Marathon. David ‘s operational experience includes roles as CFO at several startups including Cavet and Beam Networks. David sits on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Innovation Exchange and also serves as an Advisor to Charity Bids. Additionally, David was a board Director at Sarda Technologies and Helix Medical Systems and recently joined The Next 36 as an advisor.

Sean Ickowicz

Business Development, Australia

Sean Ickowicz

Business Development, Australia

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Sean has significant global, start up and corporate experience. Sean has built a successful career covering both international business and high growth companies and has gained significant experience in leading corporate/business development, new business opportunities, strategy and competitive intelligence roles.

Sean’s career highlights include being one of the early employees of SEEK Ltd (www.seek.com.au) focused on product and business development roles. Sean then spent over five years as a Senior Manager in the Corporate Development and Strategy team at the REA Group (www.realestate.com.au) Sean was instrumental in spearheading REA’s aggressive growth strategy and rapid expansion both within Australia and into nine new countries.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Monash University.

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