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Jon Medved
Jon Medved
Founder, CEO

Jon Medved

Jon Medved
Founder, CEO

Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post “One of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” named Medved as one of the “Top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel” and he was also named as one of the “50 most influential Jews” by Jerusalem Post.  

Medved currently is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the leading Global Equity Crowdfunding platform for accredited investors and angels. OurCrowd is “One of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet” according to Forbes, having raised over $300M for over 100 portfolio companies since its launch in February 2013. According to Bloomberg Business week “OurCrowd is hands down the most successful equity-crowdfunding platform in the world.”  

Medved has been both an entrepreneur and investor: He has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups, and as a venture and angel investor over the past two decades he invested in almost 200 startup companies, helping to bring 20 of them to values in excess of $100M. Between 2006-2012, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo, a leader in mobile social applications which went public in June 2010.

Before founding Vringo, Medved was the founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel's leading venture capital funds. Israel Seed had $262M under management in four funds and has been an investor in 60 leading Israeli companies. Exits include: Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay), Compugen (Nasdaq: CGEN), Answers.com (Nasdaq: ANSW, acquired by Summit), Cyota (acquired by RSA/CA), Finjan (Nasdaq: FNJN ), Mobile Access (acquired by Corning), Tradeum (acquired by VerticalNet), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom), Xacct (acquired by Amdocs), Business Layers (acquired by CA), Xtellus (acquired by Oclaro), and Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare).   

Prior to Israel Seed, Medved was a founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at MERET Optical Communications, Inc. MERET was acquired by the Amoco Corporation. Medved then came to Israel where he was part of the founding management team at Accent Software which was later acquired by L&H/Microsoft.

Jon lives in Jerusalem with his wife Jane and his four children and six grandchildren, where he collects rare single malts and loud Hawaiian shirts.

Steven Blumgart
Steven Blumgart
Chairman

Steven Blumgart

Steven Blumgart
Chairman

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.

Andrew Kaye
Andrew Kaye
President & Chief Institutional Officer

Andrew Kaye

Andrew Kaye
President & Chief Institutional Officer

Prior to joining OurCrowd in 2017 as President and Chief Institutional Officer, Andy spent over 21 years in the finance industry, working with world leading hi-tech and growth companies from all over the globe. His experience includes 7 years at Robertson Stephens where he was CEO and head of their Israel practice and head of two European industry groups. Four years as regional head for CIBCWM's investment banking operation and five years in China as Head of Asia for William Blair, followed by two years in London as Managing Director of EMEA Tech. Throughout his career Andy has excelled in establishing and expanding operations in new and existing markets, developing them to become significant players and industry leaders.

Robert Citron
Robert Citron
Chief Financial Officer

Robert Citron

Robert Citron
Chief Financial Officer

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.

Eli Nir
Eli Nir
Senior Investment Partner

Eli Nir

Eli Nir
Senior Investment Partner
Eli has been a partner and investment committee member at Amiti Venture Capital and a Board member on Amiti’s behalf in Sckipio and Corephotonics. Amiti VC is an early stage Israel-based fund focusing on deep intellectual property multi-disciplinary technologies and teams. Prior to Amiti, Eli had been VP for Research and Development and a member of the management in AudioCodes (NASDAQ: AUDC), managing multinational R&D teams. Previously, Eli served as a senior officer in one of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) elite intelligence technological units, heading both operational units and large development groups.
Jeff Schneiderman
Jeff Schneiderman
CTO, Head of Product and Technology

Jeff Schneiderman

Jeff Schneiderman
CTO, Head of Product and Technology
Jeff joins OurCrowd with more than 30 years of passion and experience building great products, and more than 25 years of executive R&D management experience in both startups and public companies. Since 2012, Jeff was Co-Founder and CTO of WhoDoYou.com. Prior to that, Jeff was CTO and founding member of Answers.com from 1999 to 2011, helping it grow into a top 20 US web property while managing product and development teams of more than 60 people. Answers.com went public in 2005 (Nasdaq: ANSW) and was acquired in 2011. Before Answers.com, Jeff was VP Product Development at Accent Software (Nasdaq: ACNTF). Additionally, Jeff has held various development positions at The Whitewater group and AT&T Bell Labs before moving to Israel in 1991. Jeff has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and a M.S. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jay Kalish
Jay Kalish
General Counsel & Partner

Jay Kalish

Jay Kalish
General Counsel & Partner

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.

Alan Weisleder
Alan Weisleder
Partner and Executive Vice President, Investor Relations

Alan Weisleder

Alan Weisleder
Partner and Executive Vice President, Investor Relations
Alan serves as Partner and Executive Vice President of Investor Relations. Prior to joining OurCrowd, Alan spent 18 years in executive management positions at start-up companies in Israel and California. Alan is passionate about starting and building technology companies and throughout his career has excelled in building world-wide sales operations and distribution channels covering The Americas, EMEA and APAC. Alan's previous leadership roles include EVP Global Sales at GigaSpaces, SVP Business Development at StoreDot, CEO at Keebali Media, and CEO of NewChannel - sold to LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN). Alan earned his B.Sc in Information Systems Engineering from The Technion and graduated from Standford/AEA Executive Institute.
Dan Bennett
Dan Bennett
General Partner, MD Australia

Dan Bennett

Dan Bennett
General Partner, MD Australia
Dan has over 15 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.
Denes Ban
Denes Ban
General Partner, MD Asia

Denes Ban

Denes Ban
General Partner, MD Asia
Denes Ban serves as the Managing Partner at OurCrowd, the leading Global Equity Crowdfunding platform and has been responsible for much of OurCrowd’s rapid growth in Asia. As a successful entrepreneur and angel investor, Denes has invested in over 30 companies and founded a number of start-ups in the past decade, including funding and selling an HR company and co-founding PocketGuide, a TechCrunch Europe winner and the world’s leading travel app for 150 cities, with millions of users. Denes has dedicated more than ten years to fostering growth, training and shaping corporate strategy for companies around the globe, improving profitability of over 100 companies and training hundreds of CEOs and Founders around the world. He is a frequent speaker at leading international conferences and has been lecturing at universities such as Harvard, Kellogg, Insead and CKGSB. A respected community leader, Denes is ​ closely​ involved with a number of ​philanthropy organizations​ and on Saturday nights you can find him playing blues and jazz with his band.
Ori Sobovitz
Ori Sobovitz
Chief of Staff & Head of Government Relations

Ori Sobovitz

Ori Sobovitz
Chief of Staff & Head of Government Relations
Ori joined OurCrowd as Chief of Staff and Head of Government Relations. Earlier to this position, Ori served as a Board Member and Chief of Staff at the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), earlier known as the Office of the Chief Scientist. IIA is Israel's central agency to manage the government budget (currently over $450 million annually) to support R&D, innovation, and technology infrastructure, including the budgeting and financing of high-risk projects and products. In parallel, Ori served as a Member of the Exemptions and Mergers Advisory Committee at the Israel Antitrust Authority. Beforehand, Ori worked at the Bank of Israel as a consultant to the Governor and the monetary committee. Ori also had served as a lecturer on Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at Ariel University and the Jerusalem College of Technology. Ori participated in the senior leadership program "Maoz" which included sessions at Harvard Business school.
Audrey Jacobs
Audrey Jacobs
Partner, Investor Relations West Coast

Audrey Jacobs

Audrey Jacobs
Partner, Investor Relations West Coast

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 for technology companies with leading global public relations firms like Porter Novelli and launched the US Israel Startup Nations Series to create partnerships and educate about the opportunities of investing in Israeli innovation.
Noah Pickholtz
Noah Pickholtz
Vice President, Investor Relations

Noah Pickholtz

Noah Pickholtz
Vice President, Investor Relations
Noah joined OurCrowd in 2013 and is currently a Vice President of Investor Relations. Noah engages OurCrowd’s growing global investor community and assists investors in leveraging their networks with OurCrowd portfolio companies. Through lectures at universities and for international business delegations, he educates investors about the ‘Startup Nation’, as well as the risk and reward of investing in early-stage companies. Noah holds an MBA from Bar Ilan University and a BSc from (SUNY) Binghamton University’s School of Management. Prior to OurCrowd, he served in the IDF as a captain in the Ministry of Defense’s Financial Advisors to the Chief of Staff Directorate. Before moving to Israel in 2007, Noah was a Media Buyer in New York with Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), a Publicis Groupe company. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, negotiating and implementing corporate advertising campaigns for US clients including Activision, UBS, and Coca-Cola brands. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Noah is a semi-professional chef, avid world traveler and outdoor enthusiast who hiked across Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee. Noah is also an active Angel investor and startup mentor.
Oshrat Kfir
Oshrat Kfir
VP, Engineering

Oshrat Kfir

Oshrat Kfir
VP, Engineering
Oshrat Kfir is OurCrowd’s VP of Engineering, responsible for the innovative crowdfunding platform and OurCrowd application. Oshrat brings 20 years of experience in managing R&D, algorithms and product and has held executive positions in multiple industries - enterprises and startups.  Before joining OurCrowd, Oshrat founded a startup dealing with long term investment and led the R&D of B2B and B2C products such as: Swiftness, NICE analytics, ITIS and more. Oshrat holds MSc in Operations research, cum laude, and BSc in Industrial engineering, cum laude, both from the Technion – Israeli institute of technology.
Laly David
Laly David
Partner, Business Development

Laly David

Laly David
Partner, Business Development
Laly leads business development and strategic relationships for OurCrowd and its portfolio companies. Before joining OurCrowd, Laly held senior positions in business development and strategy across multiple industries in private and public companies. She also experienced the rollercoaster of being the CEO of a startup making eco-friendly cardboard products. Laly began her career as a lawyer and enjoyed six years in the upper west side of New York working at a leading firm on mergers & acquisitions and securities offerings. Laly served as a non-commissioned Education Officer in the IDF Officers School. She holds both a law degree (1997) and a Philosophy degree (1997, magna cum laudae) from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from the Nash Honors Program at Baruch College (2000). Laly is a long distance runner and enjoys hiking with her family.
Josh Wolff
Josh Wolff
Senior Vice President, Global Operations

Josh Wolff

Josh Wolff
Senior Vice President, Global Operations

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.

Ron Stern
Ron Stern
Head of Portfolio Management

Ron Stern

Ron Stern
Head of Portfolio Management
Ron has over twelve years' experience working in Growth Equity and Venture Capital investing, predominantly with Israeli related companies. Ron was a seven year partner with Shamrock (Disney) where he built the Israeli investing team and facilitated four IPO's of Shamrock's portfolio companies. Ron later served as a scout for Kleiner Perkins and was a senior international advisor to the Pritzker Group. Ron's operational experience includes serving as CFO of Adgorithms, an Israel based AI marketing company, which Ron helped take public on the London Stock Exchange, raising over $40 million to the company and its shareholders.
Tali Slama
Tali Slama
Director, Human Resources

Tali Slama

Tali Slama
Director, Human Resources

Tali has over 18 years of HR experience across global locations such as Singapore, Paris and the US. She worked with dozens of High-Tech companies across diverse domains: software, telecom, mobile, storage and big data. She specializes in facilitating the expansion of companies globally: Facilitating work with global sourcing, Bringing the right people on-board, Successful retention over time, etc. As a seasoned HR consultant, she brings considerable knowledge and insight by developing innovative and effective recruitment strategies, programs and policies to assist in attracting highly-qualified and diverse individuals. Tali joined OurCrowd in June 2015 and has spearheaded the HR vertical and is supporting the global expansion of the organization. Tali holds a BA in Communication and Business Administrative and MA in Labor Study from TAU.

Andrew Scharf
Andrew Scharf
Vice President

Andrew Scharf

Andrew Scharf
Vice President
Andrew Scharf is a Vice President for OurCrowd, one of the world’s leading next-generation venture capital firms. Andrew’s responsibilities include forging and strengthening strategic investment partnerships, working with our institutional and UHNW investor base, and helping OurCrowd’s portfolio companies grow toward successful exits. He currently serves on the boards of Surgical Theater and Borro Ltd. (Observer). Andrew also serves as a Member of the Investment Committee for the Wharton Social Impact Investment Fund at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining OurCrowd in April 2014, Andrew was a Principal at Scharf Brothers LLC, a family investment firm with offices in New York City and Florida. While at Scharf Brothers, Andrew actively managed a portfolio of publicly traded equities and also established the firm’s real estate practice. Before joining his family’s investment firm, Andrew was an investment banker at Peter J. Solomon Co., a leading boutique investment bank based in New York City. While at the firm he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. Andrew graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He lives in New York City with his wife and son and enjoys endurance running and cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.
Elias Ghosalkar
Elias Ghosalkar
Director, Corporate Development

Elias Ghosalkar

Elias Ghosalkar
Director, Corporate Development

Elias has a decade long experience in Corporate & Investment Banking, Business Consulting, Risk Management, Business Development, Strategy, Venture Capital and Private Equity businesses. Prior to moving to Israel in 2016, Elias was the Head of Business Development and Strategy at BNP Paribas India.

Elias joined OurCrowd in June 2016 and is primarily responsible for implementing the strategy for OurCrowd's global expansion through institutional partnerships. He has worked for top MNCs such as BNP Paribas, ABN Amro and Arthur Andersen across global locations and was responsible for managing and leading teams across multi-cultural environments.He was continually identified as top performing talent at both BNP Paribas and ABN Amro. He holds an MBA degree with dual specialization in finance and marketing and a Bachelors degree in economics, statistics and business law from University of Mumbai.

Joel Maryles
Joel Maryles
Partner, Portfolio Development

Joel Maryles

Joel Maryles
Partner, Portfolio Development
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.
Etai Kramer
Etai Kramer
Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs

Etai Kramer

Etai Kramer
Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs
Etai Kramer joined OurCrowd in 2017 as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Etai is an international lawyer with strong cross-border transactional and corporate experience qualified to practice law in Israel and New York. His expertise includes corporate law, with an emphasis on venture capital and private equity financings, representation of emerging growth companies, fund formation and secondary transactions. Prior to joining OurCrowd, Etai practiced law in the Private Equity Fund Formation Group of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York and in the International Corporate Department of Yigal Arnon & Co. in Jerusalem. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was the Uriel and Caroline Bauer LL.M Scholar for year 2007, as well as an LL.B and B.A from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Etai served in the Paratroopers’ Brigade of the IDF and performs reserve duty as a divisional legal advisor holding the rank of Captain.
Ellen Cohl
Ellen Cohl
Chief Compliance Officer

Ellen Cohl

Ellen Cohl
Chief Compliance Officer

Ellen Cohl joins OurCrowd with over 25 years of corporate governance, finance, and management experience.  She served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Governance for Vringo Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNG). From 2005 to 2008, Ellen served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Information Technology for Mandel Foundation R.A. From 2001 to 2005, Ellen served as the Director of Corporate Services and Accounting for Chiaro Networks Ltd. From 1997 to 2000, she served as Vice President of Finance and Controller for Virtual Communities, Ltd. (NASDAQ: VCIX). Ellen’s audit experience was gained with Arthur Andersen & Co. in both the New York and Tel Aviv offices, and with Bank Leumi Trust Company.  Ellen is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York University.  She received a Masters in Business Administration from Baruch College, and is currently working towards a Global Lawyering degree. Within the academic framework, Ellen specializes in commercial law and is an editorial member of international journal: Law & Ethics of Human Rights.

Peter Raihelgauz
Peter Raihelgauz
Director, Finance

Peter Raihelgauz

Peter Raihelgauz
Director, Finance

Peter Raihelgauz is OurCrowd’s Director of Finance, responsible for its external and internal financial reporting. Peter is a CPA with over 9 years of financial experience and has held senior financial positions with both public and private companies. Before joining OurCrowd, Peter was the VP Finance for Kampyle Ltd., an Israel based, customer experience management company (acquired by Medallia Inc.). Prior to Kampyle, Peter held VP Finance position in Vringo Inc. and Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc., both publicly traded companies on the NASDAQ. Peter began his career in Ernst & Young, Tel Aviv, high tech practice. Peter holds an M.A. in Economics and B.A (with honors) in Accounting and Economics from Ben Gurion University.

Liz Cohen
Liz Cohen
Director of Marketing & Investor Community

Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen
Director of Marketing & Investor Community
Liz has been involved in the Israeli startup scene for ten years, working on branding, marketing, community, and product development. In 2005, after its IPO on the NASDAQ, Liz joined Answers.com, a top-100 award-winning website and Q&A platform, later running the entire marketing efforts of the global company. Liz has worked with dozens of startups and companies both in Israel and abroad, consulting brands at the very early pre-funding stage as well as established revenue-generating companies. Liz graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University, and holds a Masters in Conflict Management from Bar Ilan University.   
Leah Stern
Leah Stern
Director, Communications

Leah Stern

Leah Stern
Director, Communications

Leah Stern is Communications Director at OurCrowd, promoting the world's leading equity crowdfunding platform to the world media, as well as the OurCrowd's 100+ portfolio companies. Recently, Stern served as producer and anchor for the Israeli Government Press Office News in Jerusalem, and continues to act as a multimedia journalist and content producer for Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel, Storyhunter, Yahoo South America, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Trillionaire, RedFlag Magazine, Detroit Jewish News, and Jewlicious.com,. Stern was formerly the SE Regional Director of NPH USA, a non-profit organization that responds to the plight of orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. Stern has spent the past ten years as an international correspondent in the Middle East as a TV reporter, anchor and editor for IBA News in Jerusalem, Israel's only local English language news program. Stern frequently directed, produced, and filmed news features in Israel for CNN's World Report Program. Stern was embedded with the Israel Defense Forces during Israel's disengagement from Gaza; broadcasted live war reporting during the second Lebanon War from Israel's north; Conducted Inside coverage of Pope John Paul II's Funeral in Rome; Documented a two-day journey in Ethiopia with the Falash Mura. From 2010-2012, Stern was based in Rome, serving as a liaison between the Israeli government and the Vatican, producing content for the world media and social networking avenues, including Vatican TV co-productions. Stern is fluent in Hebrew, conversational in Italian, proficient in HD video shooting, SLR photography and editing. Stern graduated with honors, from the University of Miami with a degree in film production and Political Science and studied abroad at the renowned Film, Arts, Music University in Prague. Stern currently lives in London, England, with her husband, two miniature Dachshunds and baby boy.

Eric Brand
Eric Brand
Director, Corporate Marketing

Eric Brand

Eric Brand
Director, Corporate Marketing

Eric Brand is a writer and marketer with extensive experience strategizing, creating, and delivering targeted messages to diverse global audiences.  He has had lead marketing roles for some of the top investment management firms in the world, including Morgan Stanley, AllianceBernstein, and Brown Brothers Harriman.  Eric also co-founded and ultimately sold BK Communications Group, a marketing advisory for the financial industry.

In his other life, Eric has been a writer/producer of network television shows, wrote the first draft of Gene Roddenberry’s final movie project, and was Managing Editor of Metropolis magazine.  His essays have been published in such outlets as the Washington Post, the Times of Israel, and Aish.com.  His first book, Gladstone, a biography of the 19th century British Prime Minister for Chelsea House Publishers, went into a second printing.  He has also lectured publicly on the media, politics, and Jewish issues.

Eric was born in Manhattan and earned a Bachelor's Degree at Stony Brook University, where he co-founded the award-winning undergraduate feature newspaper. Like his father, noted writer/folklorist/entertainer Oscar Brand, he has a wife and four children, all of whom love him dearly.

Chaim Meir Tessler
Chaim Meir Tessler
Principal

Chaim Meir Tessler

Chaim Meir Tessler
Principal
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.
Prescott Watson
Prescott Watson
Principal

Prescott Watson

Prescott Watson
Principal
Prescott is a principal on the investment team at OurCrowd, a pioneering fintech platform that is among Israel’s most active early and growth stage venture investors. Prescott joined OurCrowd as its first employee in 2012 as product manager, where he helped to build and refine the earliest generations of OurCrowd’s online investment platform. In his role on the investment team, Prescott’s focus is enterprise software, cybersecurity, network infrastructure and semiconductors. He also oversees research relevant to OurCrowd spanning topics from fintech and crowdfunding to venture & private equity finance regulation and the Israeli startup ecosystem. He also coordinates OurCrowd’s cooperation with academic and industry researchers. Originally from the mid-west US, Prescott studied economics and Latin American studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Prior to OurCrowd, he was a photojournalist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sagit Drory
Sagit Drory
Director, Online Marketing

Sagit Drory

Sagit Drory
Director, Online Marketing

Sagit is a veteran of online marketing with over 10 years' experience in marketing, specifically in online acquisition, conversion optimization and marketing automation. Sagit has recently joined OurCrowd as the Director of Online Marketing, responsible for growth and investor acquisition. Prior to joining OurCrowd, she worked as the VP of marketing at Yallo, a funded, telecommunications startup in Tel Aviv, and before that held a number of director and VP positions at large online based companies, including 888.com and Easy Forex, primarily managing online channels, acquisition and retention departments. In addition, Sagit has consulted many companies both in Israel and abroad, on their digital media strategies, managing their online presence and campaigns. Sagit holds BA in Economics and Business Management from Ben-Gurion University, and a Masters degree in Business Management, majoring in marketing from Bar Ilan University.

Asher Abraham
Asher Abraham
Senior Director, Global Investor Relations

Asher Abraham

Asher Abraham
Senior Director, Global Investor Relations
As Investor Relations Director, Asher manages investment accounts, serves and expands the investor community, and nurtures fruitful partnerships. Asher joined OurCrowd with over 15 years of diverse international business development experience from the financial, consumer, and enterprise software industries. Most recently, he co-founded and serves as an advisor of The Brand Builders, a leading inbound online marketing agency delivering results focused lead generation for B2B companies. In his previous role, Asher served as Director of International Business Development at Net-Translators - a leading provider of language and localization services, supporting the growth of multi-national technology and enterprise software companies.  Prior to that, he led sales efforts at the New York Commercial Accounts Division of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and was a nationally ranked distributor of a high-quality line of kitchen and outdoor consumer products at Vector Marketing Corporation (subsidiary of Cutco Corp.). Asher earned his BBA in Corporate Finance from Queens College, New York. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Asher resides there today with his wife Ruthie, and son Eitan.
David Shore
David Shore
Investor Relations Director, Canada

David Shore

David Shore
Investor Relations Director, Canada
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.
Eli Neusner
Eli Neusner
Investor Relations, Boston

Eli Neusner

Eli Neusner
Investor Relations, Boston

Eli Neusner is a senior investment management professional with extensive business development, marketing, communications, capital raising and investor relations experience. Over the course of his career, Eli has directly or indirectly raised more than $2 billion in capital from a combination of institutional and high net worth investors. Eli is currently a senior member of the investor relations team for OurCrowd and is responsible for expanding OurCrowd’s investor network and capital base in the Americas.

Previously, Eli was Managing Director of MIP Global, a Boston-based investment firm, where he led business development and investor relations for the firm’s asset management group. Prior to joining MIP Global, Eli was Managing Director and founder of The EastSide Group, an investor relations and marketing consulting firm that helped alternative fund managers and companies with their investor interactions, including capital raisings, investor presentations, and investor communications. Prior to starting The EastSide Group, Eli was a senior member of the financial communications practice of Fleishman-Hillard, one of the world’s leading public relations firms, where he guided several companies through IPOs, private placements, and other critical investor interactions. Prior to Fleishman-Hillard, Eli directed investment research and managed the company’s investor community at MetaMarkets.com, sponsor of the world’s first online mutual fund.

Eli has a BA from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance from Boston University and is fluent in Spanish.

Jonathan Fuchs
Jonathan Fuchs
Director, Investor Relations

Jonathan Fuchs

Jonathan Fuchs
Director, Investor Relations
Jonathan was a practicing lawyer in New York where he honed his passion for people and innovation. Pivoting to the world of technology, Jonathan became the first employee in the “rest of world office” of a successful Nasdaq listed telecom/tech company in Jerusalem. Over the following years he travelled the globe, met interesting people and made friends at every turn. Jonathan worked in management at tech startups and ultimately built and sold his own company. During his stint as entrepreneur, Jonathan gained an appreciation and interest in venture capital, networking and business development all of which play well in his current role. Jon studied Political Science at Yeshiva University and received his law degree (JD) from Brooklyn Law School, both in New York.
Julia Miller
Julia Miller
Investor Relations Manager, Asia Desk

Julia Miller

Julia Miller
Investor Relations Manager, Asia Desk
Julia Miller is the Manager of the Asia Desk on the Investor Relations team at OurCrowd working to expand OurCrowd’s reach in Asia. She has a background in international business and speaks English, Chinese, Spanish and Hebrew. Julia is a budding entrepreneur founding Essentially Me, an on demand mobile beauty business in Israel, an online language school in Argentina as well as building a successful tour and internship program for the nonprofit A New Dawn in the Negev serving Bedouin youth. Julia has held positions with the China Exchange Association, U.S State Department initiatives as well as with The Hebrew University.
Josh Liggett
Josh Liggett
Investor Relations Associate

Josh Liggett

Josh Liggett
Investor Relations Associate

Josh started his career in the clothing industry, helping run a family business with over 100 employees. Along with running day to day operations and working on digitizing the company, he sourced and negotiated terms for strategic angel investments to be brought under the company umbrella. After making Aliyah, he wanted to dive into the tech side of Israel, and worked for a fintech publication and focusing on covering cryptocurrencies and payments.

He is a graduate of Yeshiva University with a Degree in Management, loves snowboarding and playing Ice Hockey, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and daughter.

Gabe Homa
Gabe Homa
Investor Relations Associate

Gabe Homa

Gabe Homa
Investor Relations Associate
Gabe joined OurCrowd in 2017 as an Associate in the Investor Relations Department after a successful pivot from the non-profit sector, where he was the Assistant Director of Fund Development at Shalem College, the first liberal arts college in the State of Israel. Originally from Livingston, New Jersey, after making aliyah, Gabe served as a combat soldier in the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces, where he served for two years as a lone soldier. Gabe holds a BA in Political Science and History from Rutgers University and an MBA from the Jerusalem College of Technology. A voracious reader with an unquenchable thirst for history, Gabe lives with his wife and two children in Jerusalem. Gabe’s previous work in the startup world was as the co-founder of a snow shoveling company when he was 15 years old.
Caleb Zipperstein
Caleb Zipperstein
Investor Relations Associate

Caleb Zipperstein

Caleb Zipperstein
Investor Relations Associate
Caleb joined OurCrowd in 2015 as an Associate in the Investor Relations Department at the Jerusalem office. Prior to joining the company, Caleb served as a campaign adviser and foreign media strategist for one of the major Israeli political parties. In that role, he was responsible for a team of several hundred volunteers that engaged in social media and community organizing efforts. After moving to Israel from San Francisco, Caleb served as squad commander in the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces, where he served for two years as a lone soldier. An active member of the Jerusalem community, Caleb spends his spare time volunteering for numerous organizations, playing pickup sports, and can be found enjoying local cuisine and craft beers in the Shuk.
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