Israel Resilience Fund: Progress Report
This online event gave investors the opportunity to ask questions of the Advisory Board and fund managers and hear from co-investors. The event also featured CEOs of recipient startups describing what it’s like to run a tech company in Israel in the current environment.
Ron Fisher, Senior Advisor, SoftBank
Noam Kaiser, Venture Partner, Israel Resilience Fund
Jon Medved, Founder and CEO, OurCrowd
Eran Heffetz, CEO, Bites (Israel Resilience Fund portfolio company)
Host: Jeff Kupietzky, Operating Partner, Israel Resilience Fund
Head of Hi-Tech Business Development,
Head of Hi-Tech Business Development
Amos Avner is leading the business development activities across the Hi-Tech and Advisory sectors, and is in charge of the firm’s renown Startup Program. Amos has an extensive experience in assisting technology companies with business development and fundraising.
In the last 12 years, Amos worked closely with many startups, particularly in the sectors of Enterprise Software and Cybersecurity. Before joining PwC, Amos was the co-founder and CEO of StartupEast, a professional services company for startups, and was the head of its Singapore office. He also was the director of the Tel Aviv University startup accelerator.
Amos holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tel Aviv University (magna cum laude) and MBA in Cyber and Information Systems awarded by Bar-Ilan University. Amos is a Captain (in reserves) in 8200.
Israel Resilience Fund, OurCrowd
Israel Resilience Fund, OurCrowd
Jeff Kupietzky is a seasoned operator with over 15 years’ experience as a high-tech CEO in the US and Israel. Kupietzky recently sold his company Jeeng to OpenWeb for $100M and now serves as the Israel Resilience Fund Operating Partner within OurCrowd.
Noam Kaiser is a Venture Capitalist with 16 years of experience, his portfolio includes Cellwize (Acquired by Qualcomm), Alcide (Acquired by Rapid7), Model9 (Acquired by BMC), Cloudify (Acquired by Dell), Panoply (Acquired by SQream), Overwolf, Centrical, DustPhotonics, Proteantecs, Pliops, Qwak, Vendia ,Mailchain, FloLive and more.
Formerly a partner at Intel Capital, Principal at Gemini Ventures and Ofer Hi Tech VC, VC Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services and Founder and CEO of VentureApp.
Serial entrepreneur and former F-16 Pilot.
Founder & CEO,
Founder & CEO
Jonathan Medved is the Founder and CEO of OurCrowd.
Named by the Washington Post as “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists” and by the New York Times among the “top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel,” Jon is a serial entrepreneur and investor, and one of the pioneers of Israel’s venture capital industry.
Jon is a regular television guest on CNN, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and SkyNews, and is frequently quoted in major business publications. Start-up Nation, the best-selling book on Israel’s high-tech economy, describes him as “one of Israel’s legendary business ambassadors.”
A California native, Jon moved to Israel in his 20s where he successfully built and exited several startups. These include MERET Optical Communications, a fiber optics pioneer sold to Amoco; multilingual leader Accent Software (Nasdaq: ACNTF); and mobile video platform Vringo (NYSE:VRNG).
In 1994, Jon was a co-founder of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel’s first venture capital funds. Including the OurCrowd portfolio, Jon has backed over 400 tech startups as a venture capitalist and angel investor.
Ronald D. Fisher is a senior advisor for SoftBank Group. Ron has over 30 years of experience of working with high growth and turnaround technology companies; in 1995 he joined SoftBank overseeing its U.S. operations and other activities outside of Asia, and was the founder of SoftBank Capital. Some companies Ron was involved with includes Fanatics, WeWork and Swirl Networks.
Ron earned an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.