Decoding the Israeli Culture of Innovation


March 07, 2018

Israelis are widely recognized as innovation trailblazers.  Why are Israeli entrepreneurs so often associated with innovation?  How did this happen?

Hear from highly-regarded Israeli entrepreneurs Moshik Raccah (Silo and IEFF), Oren Zeev (Zeev Ventures), Assaf Wand (Hippo), Alon Matas (BetterHelp), and Alysia M. Sagi-Dolev (Qylur Intelligent Systems). Learn about the trends that made Israel a hub for innovation that’s changing the world. 

This tech session is part of the day-long celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence.  The session is hosted by the Jewish High Tech Community (JHTC) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.  After the tech session, you are invited to stay for all the day’s activities.  This celebration is hosted by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley (JFSV) and is free and open to the public.  Food is available for purchase.


Shlomi Kofman, Consul General

Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific North West




A Fireside Chat between Moshik Raccah and Oren Zeev

Moshik Raccah, Founder & CEO, Silo

Moshik Raccah is Co-Founder & President of the Israeli Executives & Founders Forum (a platform to network and empower Israeli Tech community in Silicon Valley), as well as Co-Founder and CEO of, a network connecting professionals through mutual assistance. Silo is a new way to ask and help your network. Silo makes it easy for anyone to ask their network of advice, information or help. With Silo you can ask the people you know and trust and have private conversations with those who want to help. Prior to Silo, Mr. Raccah served as the VP of Strategic Alliances at Amdocs, as the CEO of Winsite, an Israeli consulting company he founded and later sold to Ness, and as VP of Sales and Business Development of Microsoft in Israel. 

Oren Zeev, Founding Partner, Zeev Ventures

Oren Zeev is a Founding Partner of Orens Capital and is focused on the internet and mobile internet spaces. Oren typically leads the rounds he invests in and plays a very active role in the companies he invests in. Oren currently serves on the boards Houzz, Loop Commerce, Tipalti, Younow, Fortytwo, Duda Mobile, and until recently Chegg, Wibiya, and Crossrider. Oren is also an early investor in GT Nexus, Gogobot, Capriza, Origami Logic and Bonobos. Oren was the lead investor in Audible. Between 1995 and 2007 Oren was with Apax Partners, where he headed the US tech practice and was a member of the firm’s investment committee.

Founders Panel


Victor Orlovsky, Founding Partner, FortRoss VC

Victor Orlovsky 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.


Assaf Wand, CEO and Co-Founder, Hippo

Assaf Wand is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hippo, a Mountain View startup that is reinventing home insurance. Prior to founding Hippo, Assaf was the Founder and CEO of Sabi, which designed and produced elegant everyday products for the senior community. Sabi was acquired by Uribo in 2015. Before that, Assaf held several executive positions including SVP of Corporate Development and Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at Foris Telecom. Prior to that, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company, and Investment Associate with Intel Capital.  Assaf Wand holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from IDC Herzliya.

Alon Matas, Founder, Better Help

Alon Matas founded BetterHelp, the world’s largest e-counseling platform. With BetterHelp, anyone facing life’s challenges can have an easy, affordable, and private access to a licensed and certified therapist. BetterHelp’s members get professional counseling using their computer, tablet or mobile phone, anytime they need, anywhere they are. In 2015 BetterHelp was acquired by Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC), the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider. Prior to BetterHelp, Alon was the Founder and CEO of three startups in the consumer web space, leading them through their entire life cycles: conceptualizing, planning, fundraising, team building, product design, development, launch, iteration, commercialization, optimization, growth, and eventually M&A. Alon is an advocate, advisor and mentor for ventures and ideas that use tech-based innovations to improve quality of life.


Alysia M. Sagi-Dolev. Founder and CEO, Qylur Intelligent Systems

Dr. Alysia M. Sagi-Dolev has dedicated her career to creating visionary solutions in the service of security that preserves people’s liberty and dignity. Culminating Dolev’s 20+ year leadership and innovation career with business ventures and government agencies, she founded and is CEO of Qylur Intelligent Systems. Qylur’s full-scale solutions are inspired by Dolev’s unmatched, first-hand experience dealing with advanced integrated technologies and terrorist threats. She has introduced a comprehensive approach that strikes an ideal balance between public safety, privacy and the business and operational interests of venues. Qylur is the maker of the Qylatron Entry Experience Solution, the world’s first entry solution integrating the entire process from interactive greeting and access control (ID verification) to respectful security screening. Dolev drove multiple technology innovations in the Qylatron, including a network of intelligent machines utilizing machine learning, a sophisticated use of IIoT. Under Dolev, Qylur struck key partnerships with world-leading strategic business partners and placed the Qylatron at world famous venues such as 2014 FIFA World Cup games in Brazil, a prominent theme park in Europe and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Born in San Diego, California, Dolev holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.