Opening Plenary

Jonathan Medved
Founder and CEO, OurCrowd

Jonathan Medved is according to the Washington Post, ”one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists.” In the September 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel.

Medved has invested in over 100 Israeli startup companies, helping 12 of them to get to valuations in excess of $100 million dollars. Medved was the co-founder and until recently the CEO of Vringo, a leader in mobile social applications which went public in June 2010. (NASDAQ: VRNG).

Prior to Vringo, he was the founder and general partner of Israel Seed Partners (a $260M Israeli venture capital fund). At Israel Seed he led a number of successful investments and served as a Director on the Board of several portfolio companies including: Compugen (Nasdaq: CGEN), Business Layers (acquired by Netegrity, Nasdaq: NETE), Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom, Nasdaq BRCM), (Nasdaq ANSW, acquired by Summit), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel, Nasdaq ALU), and Xtellus (acquired by Oclaro, OCLR). Between 1982 and 1990, he was a founder and the EVP of Marketing and Sales at Meret Optical Communications. Meret was acquired by the Amoco Corporation (NYSE: AN) in 1990. He was also part of the founding management team at Accent Software (Nasdaq: ACNTF), a leader in multilingual software where he served as EVP of Marketing and Sales in 1993-1994.


Nir Barkat
Mayor of Jerusalem

On November 11th, 2008, Nir Barkat was elected the 9th Mayor of Jerusalem. Mayor Barkat has inspired thousands of Jerusalemites with his vision to turn Israel's poorest city into one rich in culture, youth, education, lasting economic development, and tourism, as well as his message of respect and pluralism for all residents of Jerusalem.

His early successes as mayor are rooted in his business methods and entrepreneurial approach to City Hall. In 1988, Mayor Barkat co‐founded BRM Technologies, a pioneering software house and later venture capital firm that developed and marketed ground‐breaking anti‐virus software now standard on personal computers throughout the world. His leadership and business acumen brought him to the position of global chairman of one of BRM's largest venture projects.


Morning Panel

Size Matters: Can we build companies of scale and create bigger and better exits?

Larry Jasinsky
CEO of ReWalk Robotics

Larry Jasinski has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the ReWalk board since February 2012.

From 2005 until 2012, Mr. Jasinski served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Soteira, Inc., a company engaged in development and commercialization of products used to treat individuals with vertebral compression fractures, which was acquired by Globus Medical in 2012.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Jasinski was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cortek, Inc., a company that developed next-generation treatments for degenerative disc disease, which was acquired by Alphatec in 2005.

From 1985 until 2001, Mr. Jasinski served in multiple sales, research and development, and general management roles at Boston Scientific Corporation.

Mr. Jasinski holds a B.Sc. in marketing from Providence College and an MBA from the University of Bridgeport.

Dov Moran
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Israeli technology entrepreneur, inventor and businessman, Dov Moran is best-known as the originator of the Disk-on-Key or USB memory stick. As founder and chairman of M-systems, which developed his invention, he also developed DiskOnChip and other similar devices.

He currently invests in and is involved with many companies in the fields of video-related technology, education, pharma and medical devices, mobile applications and software.

Dov's main activity is Comigo: a comprehensive, multi-screen TV platform, which offers a revolutionary personal and social viewing experience and provides contextual VAS on top of the broadcasted stream. It is considered the future of TV viewing.

And – he never stops, with dozens of additional ideas and companies constantly being evaluated and accepted to his “incubator.

Rona Segev-Gal
General Partner at Pitango

Rona Segev-Gal is a General Partner at Pitango. Her investment focus is enterprise software startups.

Formerly she was a Partner at Evergreen Venture Partners. Prior to that, Rona served as Vice-President of Business Development at BRM Technologies, and on the investment committee of Koor Technologies. Rona also founded and managed Kidum Multimedia, a software company focused on 3-D technologies, which was acquired by SEA.

Rona currently serves on the Board of Directors of Evolven, Jethro Data, Skycure, Totango and Varonis Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: VRNS). Previously she was on the Board of Directors of: Traiana (acquired by ICAP), Identify (acquired by BMC), Actona (acquired by Cisco), Item Field (acquired by Informatica), Aduva (acquired by Sun), Worklight (acquired by IBM) and fring (acquired by GenBand).

Rona holds B.A. degrees with honors in Psychology and Philosophy from The Hebrew University. 

Leonard G. Rosen
CEO at Barclays IsraelLen_photo_1.jpg

Leonard G. Rosen is Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Israel and a Managing Director of Barclays, positions he has held since October 2008. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, serving in various positions, including as Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers Israel and as Head of Communications Equipment Investment Banking within Lehman Brothers’ Global Technology Group.

In his career as an investment banker, Mr. Rosen has been involved in numerous landmark equity, M&A and fixed income transactions for Israeli and technology clients including advising on seven of the ten largest acquisitions ever by Israeli companies.

Prior to joining the investment banking industry, Len was an attorney with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Len has a B.A. degree and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife, the cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, and their two children.


Afternoon Keynote


Iron Dome & Beyond: Shaping the next generation of Israeli technology and innovation

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold is the CEO and Founder of Gold R&D Technology and Innovation Ltd., and Head of the Israel National Committee for Commercial/Civilian Cyber R&D.

Gold served as Head of Research and Development at the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and held several division head positions within IMOD and the Israel Air Force (IAF) including management of IMOD and IDF’s main projects. He was awarded Israel Defense Prize in 2012 for his role in inventing and managing the “Iron Dome” missiles/rockets defense system. Under Gold’s leadership, the IDF R&D unit was also awarded the Israel Defense Prize seven times.

In addition, Gold holds a PhD in electronic engineering, and another in Business Management.


Afternoon Panel

The Next Big Thing: Understanding the top trends in technology investing

Gonzalo Martinez de Azagragonzalo_martinez_de_azagra-882792-edited
Director, Samsung Ventures Israel

Gonzalo Martinez de Azagra, investor and tech strategist is currently the Head of Samsung Ventures Israel. His mandate in Israel is to create strategic value to the Samsung Group via venture investments and partnerships.

Gonzalo is a board member and board observer in multiple Israeli startups and has led the vast majority of Samsung Group venture investments in Israel in the last 3 years. In the past, Gonzalo worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers' advisory group in Spain and the former Atomic Energy Authority (AEA Technology) in the United Kingdom. Gonzalo holds a Masters in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College and ENST Paristech, a bachelor of science in Economics from University of London (London School of Economics) and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Bruce Taragin
Managing Director at Blumberg Capitalbruce_taragin

Bruce has 23 years of experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital in 1998, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company. A native of New York, Bruce earned his BA in Finance and Communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and JD from Fordham University.

Bruce serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of, Appboy, Arcadia Data, Coverhound, Credorax, Lenddo, Mentad, Revionics, Roam and Sigmod Labs. He also serves on the board and the investment monitoring committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northern California.

Past investments: Nolio – Acquired by CA Technologies, Mobsmith and iSocket – Acquired by Rubicon, Bringit – Acquired by International Gaming Technology [IGT], Mertado – Acquired by Groupon [GRPN], ZipZapPlay – Acquired by Electronic Arts [ERTS], eVoice – Acquired by AOL [TWX], PureSight – Acquired by Boston Communications Group [BCGI], Vista Research – Acquired by McGraw Hill [MHP], IP Infusion – Acquired by ACCESS CO., LTD [TSE: 4813], Mobsmith – Acquired by Rubicon, GO Networks – Acquired by NextWave Wireless [WAVEX], and Siperian – Acquired by [INFA].

Clifford A. Teller
Executive Managing Director at Maxim Group

Mr. Teller has spent more than 15 years in investment banking and private equity servicing emerging growth, middle market and large cap companies in a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, and media.

Prior to joining Maxim Group, Mr. Teller founded Momentum Media Capital, a private equity fund focused on financing Hispanic media companies. Previously, he was a Partner and Senior Vice President at BlueStone Capital Partners, LP- managing the corporate finance group, focusing on emerging growth companies.

Previously, Mr. Teller managed a leveraged portfolio in excess of $2 billion in the leverage buyout group at Mitsubishi Banking Corporation. Mr. Teller began his career at Chase Securities Corporation, previously Chemical Bank, where he completed its management training program and worked in the corporate finance group servicing emerging growth and middle market companies.

He received his MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and holds a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany.