Decoding the Israeli Culture of Innovation
Shlomi Kofman, Consul General
Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific North West
Shuly Galili, Co-Founder Partner, UpWest Labs Shuly Galili is the Co-founding Partner at UpWest Labs, a Silicon Valley based seed fund investing in Israeli tech entrepreneurs and startups who are looking to break into the US market. Founded in 2012, UpWest has a growing portfolio of more than 70 startups in diverse tech domains. Among them: Endpoint security leader SentinelOne, autonomous drone-maker Airobotics, and business management platform Honeybook. Prior to founding UpWest, Shuly worked at various cross-border organizations and funds investing in social and business ventures. She spent more than a decade on building Silicon Valley’s gateway to Israel as the Executive Director of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC). Shuly built the organization’s infrastructure across all tech domains and fostered high impact initiatives for Venture Capital, corporate executives and entrepreneurs between the two regions. In 2015 she was named among 100 Most Influential People in Israeli Hi-tech by Israel’s leading tech magazine Geektime. She serves on the Advisory Board of The C100 – A Canadian Entrepreneurs Network.
Oren Zeev, Founding Partner, Zeev VenturesI back passionate founders building great companies, mostly in the internet and mobile internet spaces. I have the privilege of having backed companies like Houzz, Audible, Chegg, Tipalti, TripActions, Next Insurance, and others who are re-defining their respective industries. I am typically the main early investor and an active board member/chairman. I only invest in 1-2 companies per year and invest significant amounts in each. I see my role as working for the companies and the CEOs I am privileged to serve. I believe in good karma – I find that the more I do for others, the more it returns to me in ways I could not have imagined. I believe that my success as an investor, which is exceptional relative to any VC or angel benchmark, is a function of (I) luck (ii) focus on a limited number of companies (iii) always putting the interests of the portfolio companies first, ahead of any other consideration. Zeev Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in seed investments. Zeev Ventures is headquartered in California, United States.
Victor Orlovski, Founding Partner, FortRoss VCVictor Orlovski has more then 20 years of experience in financial technology space. In 2001 Victor joined Alfa Bank as the Chief Transformation Officer and was in charge of the largest banking transformation project in Russia.In 2007 Victor became a partner at IBM Global Business Services in charge of FI and Insurance practice in Russia and CIS. From 2008 to 2015 Victor continued his career in Sberbank as CTO and later as Chief Digital Officer. Victor and his team accomplished one of the largest banking transformation projects in the world changing Sberbank from old-fashion inefficient traditional banking to the truly digital and mobile customer centric modern financial firm. Victor is a founder and angel investor in a number of startups in financial technology, social networking, crowd funding and sharing economy with several successful exits.
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
11:00am – 12:30pm
Levy Family Campus Auditorium
14855 Oka Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032