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Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, BS
Industrial Management Engineering
Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, MS
Operations Research
Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, PhD
Operations Research

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Yossi Vardi

Yossi Vardi is an Israeli investor most famous for being the original investor in ICQ—the first Internet-wide instant messaging system. Vardi has invested in over 50 tech companies in diverse areas of software, energy, Internet, mobile, cleantech, and others.

Vardi has been an active civil servant in Israel through projects involving energy and infrastructure. He also co-founded Alon, an Israeli oil company. Vardi acted as an advisor to the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program on issues of energy in the developing world.

Vardi has received many awards including The Prime Minister Award, The Industry Award, Entrepreneur of the Year (Tel Aviv University), and the CEO’s Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame from the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
RoomiePics 6/2010Angel$150k1
SimilarGroup 5/2010Series A$1.1M4
The Gifts Project 12/2009Angel2
SimilarSites.com 1/2009Angel1
Joongel 10/2008Angel$100k1
BloggersBase 6/2008Seed$125k2
DoNanza 1/2008Angel2
AdExtent 1/2008Series A$1.7M5
Cellogic 1/2008Angel$750k2
YouFig 1/2008Angel$268k1
AllofMe 11/2007Seed3
SeeToo 10/2007Angel$1M1
NuConomy 4/2007Seed$300k3
ePals 12/2006Angel3
MuseStorm 1/2006AngelC$500k1
FoxyTunes 1/2005Seed1
Answers Corporation 1/1999Series A$300k3

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  2. SimilarWeb Changes Name To SimilarGroup, Raises More Funding (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. The Gifts Project Ties A Bow On a $1 Million Round For Social Group Gifting (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  5. TC50 DemoPit Company Joongel Nets Investment for Stealth Product (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  8. Semantic Web Firm SemantiNet Gets $1.7 Million First Round (paidcontent.org) [edit]
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  11. Yossi Vardi invests in allofme (messenger-news.com) [edit]
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