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Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post (Dec 5, 2007) "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". In May 22, 2015 Edition of the Jerusalem Post, Medved was named one of the "50 most influential Jews".
Medved currently is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors and angels. Our Crowd is according to Forbes (August 13 2013) "one of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet" having raised over $130M for 70 portfolio companies since its launch in February 2013. Bloomberg Business week said in the May 7, 2015 edition that "OurCrowd is hands down the most successful equity-crowdfunding platform in the world right now." TheStreet.com described OurCrowd as "Crowdfunding for Real Investors."
Medved has been both an entrepreneur and investor: He has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups, and as a venture and angel investor over the past two decades he invested in almost 200 startup companies, helping to bring 15 of them to values in excess of $100Million.
Between 2006-2012, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo, a leader in the innovation, development and monetization of mobile technologies and intellectual property. Medved led Vringo to a successful completion of its IPO (Initial Public Offering) on the NYSE:AMEX in June, 2010 and it trades under the symbol VRNG.
Before founding Vringo, Medved was the founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel's leading venture capital funds. Started by Medved in 1995 in his garage; he co-managed the fund until January 2006. Israel Seed had $262M under management in four funds and has been an investor in 60 leading Israeli companies. Exits include: Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay), Compugen (Nasdaq: CGEN), Answers.com (Nasdaq: ANSW, acquired by Summit), Cyota (acquired by RSA/CA), Finjan (Nasdaq: FNJN ), Mobile Access (acquired by Corning), Tradeum (acquired by VerticalNet), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom), Xacct (acquired by Amdocs), Business Layers (acquired by CA), Xtellus (acquired by Oclaro), and Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare).
Prior to Israel Seed, Medved built several successful technology startups. Medved was a founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at MERET Optical Communications, Inc. (Santa Monica, CA) between 1982-1991. MERET was an early pioneer in fiber optic communication systems for video transmission which was acquired by the Amoco Corporation (NYSE:BP) in 1990. Medved then came to Israel where he was part of the founding management team at Accent Software (Nasdaq:ACNTF) where he served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales between 1992-1994. Accent was later acquired by L&H/Microsoft.
Medved serves on the Boards of various non-profits including Ma'aleh Film School, The Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, Jerusalem Season of Culture, Artists and Musicians for Israel, Bnai David Eli, chairs the Aish HaTorah Boneh Yerushalayim Dinner and serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and on the Board of Governors of the Jerusalem College of Technology. Medved was recently awarded (May 2015) the "Boneh Zion" award at Israel's Parliament, by Nefesh b'Nefesh for his contributions to Israel as a new immigrant.
Medved speaks regularly to groups both in Israel and abroad, and has briefed scores of journalists, business leaders and public officials on Israel's tech miracle. George Gilder in his book The Israel Test describes Medved as a "engaging, visionary, pioneering venture capitalist" and traces the origins of his book to meetings he held in Medved's Jerusalem office. Saul Singer and Dan Senor, in their best-selling book, Start-up Nation describe Medved as "one of Israel's legendary business ambassadors (he) has taken on a role that -- in any other country -- would typically belong to the local Chamber of Commerce, Minister of Trade, or Foreign Secretary". According to a profile in the September 24, 2012 Jerusalem Report, Medved speeches combine "breathtaking statistics" with "the knowledge of a consummate insider" and the "arresting skills of a born orator". The article summarizes the impact on a Medved speech on an international crowd of business executives as follows: "The mesmerizing effect on this cynical gathering of hard-bitten executives is palpable. If Medved was hawking a new religion, he would win a roomful of converts tonight"
Medved is a frequent guest and commentator on US and Global TV (PBS, CNN, CNBC, BNN, Bloomberg, CBN, CBC, BBC, ReutersTV, CCTV, etc), and was featured in the documentary movie "Israel Inside", the recent CBN series "Made in Israel", and the Charlie Rose Show. Medved appears regularly on US talk radio including Israel commentary on his brother's show, The Michael Medved Show and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Jerusalem Post, Townhall.com, and Aish.com
Jon lives in Jerusalem with his wife Jane and his four children and four grandchildren, where he collects rare single malts and loud Hawaiian shirts.
Jon Medved's interview on the Charlie Rose show can be seen here
Prime Minister Office of Thailand
A seasoned digital media professional, Andrew Dix is CEO and Co-Founder of Crowdfund Insider, the leading news and information site for the global crowdfunding industry. Crowdfund Insider was founded in 2012 soon after the signing of the JOBS Act. Crowdfund Insider has been a leading voice and independent advocate for the disruptive innovation of crowdfunding. A recognized authority in the crowdfunding world, Andrew recently co-authored a chapter in a book titled "Crowdfunding: Current Market Dynamics". He is also on the Advisory Council of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).
founder of Naiise
If he wasn’t an entrepreneur, he might have been a hippie. But Dennis ended up founding several businesses, including a creative agency which shaped his love for design.
In January 2013, he established Naiise and ran it by himself for 10 months.
Dennis is a dreamer and hopes to build up Asia’s largest online design marketplace while nurturing a design-aware society.
Kok Young is an astute technology and business executive leader with over 17 years of experience in leveraging and selling technology to drive efficiency and business goals. He had held various senior positions across different organizations and had also worked across Asia Pacific countries, specifically spending 2 years in China.
He was most recently Senior Vice President of Trusted Source Pte Ltd, the IT division and wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek. He led the entire IT Applications group, overseeing the daily systems operations, new projects implementation and IT strategies for the organization.
Kok Young started his career in the public sector under the Ministry of Home Affairs Singapore, focusing in IT security. He then moved on to a dot.com company in year 2000 as the CTO, leading a team to build B2B E-Commerce platform for the healthcare industry.
Prior to his last job, he was with IMS Health, a world’s leading healthcare information services provider. There he was the Director of IT, Development and Operations, across 16 APAC countries delivering business intelligence insights to his clients. In his 8 years, he had done multiple business process optimization and outsourcing, saving the organization millions of dollars per year.
Kok Young holds B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore.
Country Manager of Asiawork Singapore
Left the legal profession to join SAF at age of of 26 in1991.
Trained as an artillery officer in 1994 when saf opened its door for women to be combat officers.
Since then, blazed the trail for subsequent army woman combat officers by becoming the first woman battery commander, first woman fire support officer, first woman operations officer and first woman commanding officer and first woman wing commander in officer cadet school.
An avid sportwoman who represented Singapore in field hockey and was in the team that won the last Sea Games Gold Medal in 1993. She was awarded Sportswoman of the Year in university and school. Recently, she served as ladies golf captain of Sembawang Country Club for the last 13 years.
Since retiring in 2011, she has been pursuing her passion to make a difference through coaching , training and facililatation. She is a dynamic and passionate life performance coach and her passion is in the area of creating a purposeful experiential learning environment, anchored on authenticity, choice, responsibility and challenge. A life-learner herself, Sox advocates the pover of vision, and values the importance of learning through being and doing.
Sox has expanded her repertoire of coaching and developing her military charges to people from all walks of life. She runs Asiaworks Training, Singapore. As the country manager-Asia’s leasing consulting and experiential training company, coaching people who want to bring their lives to a higher level of accomplisment and significance.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at The Singapore FinTech Consortium.
Gerben is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at The Singapore FinTech Consortium.
He is also a Managing Partner at IncubAsia Ventures and Board member of Bansea (Business Angels South East Asia), a mentor at Seedcamp, StartupBootcamp and an advisor to a number of early stage technology companies.
He has gained over 12 years of international experience in private equity, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance at RBS, Bank of America and Citigroup in Amsterdam, New York and London.
He received a Masters degree in Business (Finance & Economics) from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and dual Masters degree in Business (Finance & Economics) from SKEMA, a Grande Ecole Superieure de Commerce in France.
Gerben is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and has been a registered Securities & Regulations, Corporate Finance Advisor with the Financial Services Authority in the UK.