Google Tel Aviv Hosts Panel of Serial Entrepreneurs to Discuss the Silicon Valley and Start-Up Nation Connection Distinguished speakers include Izhar Shay, Zohar Levkovitz and Yaacov Ben-Yaacov with an audience of over 170 entrepreneurs
TEL AVIV, Israel, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
YourStartApp (http://www.yourstartapp.com/), a consulting company that aims to cultivate entrepreneurism to advance the Israeli high-tech industry, and LogoUI (http://logoui.co.il/) today held "Between Valleys" at Google's Tel Aviv campus featuring a panel of serial entrepreneurs and Angel investors as part of their series of events bridging the world's top innovation hubs - Silicon Valley and Israel's Silicon Wadi (Arabic word for "valley").
"Between Valleys is all about connecting entrepreneurs and startups from Israel's wadi and the Silicon Valley with different skills and fostering an environment for them to help each other," explained Your Start App founder Yisrael Gross.
Over 170 burgeoning entrepreneurs, and many more following the live stream, gathered to hear from the distinguished panel about the importance of improving the Silicon Valley - Start-Up Nation connection.
The noteworthy panel included:
Izhar Shay is most notably known for his promotion of Israeli high-tech through Start-Up Stadium, a digital platform that connects thousands of Israeli entrepreneurs and investors. Since joining global venture capital firm Canaan Partners in 2005 as its General Manager, Izhar has facilitated dozens of investments in Israeli's cloud, mobile and digital media sectors. He himself has launched and sold a few startups, including V-Secure Technologies that was acquired by Radware in 2005 for $15 million.
Zohar Levkovitz is a serial entrepreneur turned Angel investor who recently sold his Silicon Valley-headquartered advertising company Amobee Inc. to Singapore Telecom Ltd. for $321 million in cash. In 2011 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in California and is currently Chair of the US Board of Israel SpaceIL, a nonprofit that aims to be the first small robotic spacecraft to successfully land on the Moon.
Yaacov Ben-Yaacov is the founder and CEO of Catch Media, a cloud-based B2B tracking, routing and clearinghouse service that created its Play Anywhere® platform and technology. The veteran US-Israeli high-tech entrepreneur is also the founder of PictureVision that was sold to Eastman Kodak in 2000 for over $150 million.
The investors emphasized the importance of the individuals who form the startup. The people are first; the innovation is secondary. Noteworthy entrepreneurs are those that dare to dream, dare to pursue those dreams and turn them into reality despite the risks and obstacles.
"You have to be in a society that accepts failures as part of the way to do business," says Shay. The Silicon Valley and Silicon Wadi are those societies. Between Valleys is an excellent way to connect the two environments that capitalize on risk taking. Each can learn from the other - Israel can learn from California's professionalism while the Sun Shine state can adapt some of Israel's informalities. Yet both start-up ecosystems consist daring individuals and a leniency for failure as a means of growth.
YourStartApp aims to cultivate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs in particular by fostering collaborations to advance the Israeli high-tech industry. They provide start-ups with consulting in business development, marketing and raising capital, as well as networking opportunities. YourStartApp also provides outsourcing services for entrepreneurs with the possibility of a partnership model. They adapt the model to each start-up company to suit their needs.
LogoUI is a unique 'software boutique' offering specialty consultation services in all aspects of WPF and Silverlight development. Established in February 2009, LogoUI develops modern UI solutions according to companies' requirements. By working with many of Israel's top high tech companies, they have earned a solid reputation for being experts in all aspects of UI development. In addition to their consultation and outsourcing services, they provide expert architectural foundations upon which customers can successfully develop their product using WPF and Silverlight.