Gil Ben-Artzy is passionate about helping Israeli entrepreneurs that build their startups in Israel and Silicon Valley, offering advice and sometimes a spot on his living room couch.
In 2005, he joined Yahoo!’s Corporate Development group, working on strategy & acquisitions, as well as managing the relationships with the Israeli ecosystem of investors, entrepreneurs and startups. In this role, he led the acquisition of Yahoo!’s first Israel-based startup (FoxyTunes) and helped open the company’s first R&D center in Haifa. Gil then transitioned to the role of VP of Operations Management, driving the business aspects for the tech infrastructure organization. He left Yahoo! during the summer of 2011 to dedicate his time to his new venture, UpWest Labs.
Gil was previously a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in New York, where he advised Fortune 500 companies. Gil holds a BA in Economics & Business Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Outside of work, Gil enjoys going to live music performances (Coachella Music Festival is his annual highlight). He is also an avid sports fan, and though soccer is top of his list, he will pretty much watch anything that has a ball and/or timer involved.