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.
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.
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.
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.
A passionate entrepreneur advocate, public speaker and global community builder, Audrey has found equity crowdfunding to be the answer for startups to access capital and use the “crowd” to expand globally as well as a platform for investors to diversify their portfolio and invest in a new asset class. Through her lectures at investment conferences, startup incubators and universities, she educates investors about the risk and reward of investing in early stage companies and entrepreneurs on how to raise capital.
Prior to OurCrowd, Audrey spent 20 years building brands fortechnology companies with leading global public relations firms like PorterNovelli and launched the US Israel Startup Nations Series to create partnerships and educate about the opportunities of investing in Israeli innovation.
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.
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.
Josh Wolff joins OurCrowd with over 20 years of executive management experience focused on operations, technology, and infrastructure. Josh earned his BSc in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University in 1994 where he was recognised by the Alpha Pi Mu National Honors Society. Josh's prior leadership roles include two acquired startups, multiple public companies, and private firms. Josh served as Senior Vice President at NY-based Vringo Mobile (NASDAQ: VRNG) from 2007 to 2013 when it was acquired by Infomedia Group in the UK, where he led as SVP and Chief Commercial Offcier until joining OurCrowd in 2016. Previously Josh served as Director of Technology at Mobilee in Boston, MA, when it was acquired by NMS Communications in 2001, where he spearheaded the integration of new wireless infrastructure products. Born and raised in Boston, Josh has also devoted time in the non-profit world, contributing business management expertise to advance significant educational, social, and charitable causes.
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.
Born in Argentina, Eduardo co-founded seven Israeli high-tech companies (Optibase, Vcon, Accord, Lasercomm, Big Band, Sirica, accells) with five successful exits, four of them with valuations in excess of $400 million and total revenues of billions of dollars.
Optibase was a pioneer in MPEG digital compression and forever changed the way we consume video on the Internet. Successfully taken public on NASDAQ in 1999, valuation peaked at over $400M. Eduardo’s six original employees at Optibase went on to create other successful high-tech ventures and Optibase became recognized as a boot camp for entrepreneurial activity in Israel.
Accord, a leader in rich media video network products, was acquired by Polycom in 2000 for $400M. Vcon, a video conferencing pioneer that went public in France on the Nouveau Marche and reached a market cap of $400M. Big Band Networks, a leader in cable and satellite video distribution, peaked at a $750M market cap on NASDAQ and was acquired in 2011 by Arris.
Originally from Jerusalem, Yori was the founder and CEO of Banter, a pioneering natural language processing company. He successfully established the company as a leader in the call-center space, serving some of the largest US banks (including Wells Fargo and Bank of America), until its acquisition by IBM. After selling Banter in 2004, Yori joined the Mayfield Fund in Silicon Valley as entrepreneur-in-residence, where he provided deal flow and due-diligence support as well as portfolio mentoring. In 2005, Yori founded TimeBridge, a pre-cloud calendar management assistant, an early example of successful viral promotion within a corporate setting. With a corporate user base of millions of users, TimeBridge was acquired by MerchantCircle.
Yori also co-founded Local Sciences, a local data-as-a-service provider, successfully engineering its pivot to become a broad data collection and analysis technology. Local Sciences quickly became the largest accurate local database for service businesses in the Health & Beauty and Automotive verticals, providing data to YP, Groupon and other industry leaders. Yori returned to Israel and joined OurCrowd after living in the Bay Area for 14 years.
Chaim Meir Tessler
Geoff Levy AO
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 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.
Carmel Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures