Investing in the Metaverse

Startups Inventing a New World

From producing detailed avatars to creating virtual storefronts, the Metaverse is a computer-generated world where revenue streams are very real. Creative startups are flourishing by building custom-made, virtual worlds for clients. The possibilities are endless. We sat down with CEOs of OurCrowd Metaverse companies and leading industry figures who are changing the reality of retail, entertainment and investing.

June 20, 2022

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Speakers

Jules Polonetsky

CEO and Co-Chairman,

Future of Privacy Forum, Israel Tech Policy Institute

Jules Polonetsky

CEO and Co-Chairman

Future of Privacy Forum, Israel Tech Policy Institute

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Jules serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 200 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board composed of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on AI and Ethics, Connected Cars, Health, Research Data, Smart Communities, Ad Tech, Youth, Ed Tech, Privacy Legislation and Enforcement, and Global Data Flows. 

Jules also serves as Chairman of the International Digital Accountability Council and as Co-Chairman of the Israel Tech Policy Institute.  Jules is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, published by Cambridge University Press (2018). More of his writing and research can be found at the www.fpf.org and on Google Scholar and SSRN.

Jules’s previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney.

Noam Levavi

CEO,

ByondXR

Noam Levavi

CEO

ByondXR

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Noam Levavi is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of innovations in user experience technologies, including several patents in the areas of personalized media delivery and user-interfaces. Before founding ByondXR in 2017, Noam was the founder and CEO of YCD Multimedia, a world leading on-site digital media provider, helping brands deliver personalized content to their customers, reaching more than 100 million people every month within thousands of venues worldwide, including some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Mercedes, Ferrari, Nike, Chanel, Hugo Boss, AT&T, Microsoft and Coca Cola. Prior to establishing YCD, Noam founded Netune, which provided network communication services and Intranet web applications for small and medium sized businesses. Before that, he served as a system communication manager in the Israeli Defense Force’s elite Intelligence Unit. He is a graduate of the Israeli Military Computing and Information Systems Institute.

Lyron Bentovim

CEO and President,

The Glimpse Group

Lyron Bentovim

CEO and President

The Glimpse Group

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Mr. Bentovim currently serves as The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Glimpse Group, a Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) platform company (NASDAQ – VRAR). Mr. Bentovim is a serial entrepreneur with 25+ years of leadership, operational and Investment experience and he has led multiple public and private technology companies. Prior To Founding The Glimpse Group, Mr. Bentovim served as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of Top Image Systems (NASDAQ – TISA), Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of NIT Health and as the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of Sunrise Telecom, Inc.(NASDAQ – SRTI). Earlier is his career Mr. Bentovim was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Skiritai Capital LLC, an investment advisor based in San Francisco and as the President & Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of WebBrix, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Bentovim spent time with strategy consultancies USWeb/CKS, the Mitchell Madison Group and McKinsey & Company Inc. Mr. Bentovim is a director at Manhattan Bridge Capital (NASDAQ – LOAN) and has served on 9 public company boards and numerous private company boards. Mr. Bentovim also serves as the Managing Partner of DarkLight Partners, a strategic advisor to small and mid-size public and private companies. Mr. Bentovim has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a law degree from the Hebrew University.

Allie Feuerstein

Director of New Business, International,

OurCrowd

Allie Feuerstein

Director of New Business, International

OurCrowd

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Gil Perry

Co-Founder & CEO,

D-ID

Gil Perry

Co-Founder & CEO

D-ID

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Gil has broad experience as a manager and developer in corporate and start-up environments. He holds a BSc degree in computer science from Tel Aviv University, where he focused on computer vision and image processing. Before founding D-ID, Gil was a developer for Houseparty and at NICE Systems.

Gilad Talmon

CEO,

Tetavi

Gilad Talmon

CEO

Tetavi

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Gilad is a creative and ambitious Executive Manager with 15 years of hands-on experience building revenue and business. He joined TetaVi as CEO mid 2018 when it had a tech POC and 5 employees. As CEO, he had led the company from stealth mode to sales (NA, APAC and the EU), and opened offices in the US and Japan. During the last two years, Gilad has led TetaVi through two financing rounds (Seed and Round A) significantly increasing the valuation of the company from round to round. In the last few months, he led a shift in the company’s strategy and tech focus to increase the relevancy of TetaVi to the UGC market, significantly increasing its TAM and putting it in a position to become a market leader in a multibillion-dollar market. Gilad is a gaming geek that has been dreaming about the Metaverse since childhood and finally planning to do something about it.