|The Hebrew University, MBA|
Helping talented entrepreneurs build great companies is both an art and a science, a process that includes offering support and collaboration and delivering refined feedback about management strategies, operational challenges and market trends. When evaluating investments in start-ups, He intuitively look for a set of key ingredients, such as great management, a growing market, innovative technology and a genuine and strong drive for success by the entrepreneurs. While he try to look for such “success components”, over the years his investment philosophy increasingly emphasizes the human aspects: Great managers know how to deal with changing markets; they know how to overcome competition; they know who to hire and so on. He would venture to say that a company’s success (as well as failure) can almost always be attributed to its management.
He joined the Walden Group in San Francisco in 1992 and co-founded Walden Israel in 1993. He made his first investment in January 1994 in Ornet, a communications company that later was acquired by Siemens. His relationship with Walden actually began in the late 80’s, when they met under very different circumstances to discuss a potential investment. He was an entrepreneur looking for capital for a start-up called CI Systems.