Where next for Israeli high-tech?Oct. 25, 2015
Serial entrepreneur and investor Jonathan Medved’s name has appeared on lists of Israel’s leading high-tech venture capitalists, 10 most influential American citizens impacting Israel, top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life, and 50 most influential Jews in the world.
The California-bred Jerusalem resident has invested in more than 100 Israeli startups, helping 12 of them to get to valuations in excess of $100 million. In October 2012, he and cofounder Steve Blumgart launchedOurCrowd, the world’s first equity-based crowdfunding startup investment platform.
OurCrowd has effectively disrupted and democratized the venture-capital space, offering accredited investors the chance to put as little as $10,000 into a promising “startup nation” company. Approximately 10,000 OurCrowd investors have funded nearly 80 portfolio startups thus far, including headline-grabbers such as ReWalk Robotics, ElMindA, Consumer Physics and BriefCam.
At the end of September, a third OurCrowd startup announced a lucrative exit: BillGuard (which we first covered in 2011) was acquired by San Francisco-based Prosper Marketplace for a reported $30 million.
ISRAEL21c spoke with Medved shortly after his 60th birthday – which coincided with the Jewish New Year – to get his insights into the Israeli high-tech landscape and into Jon Medved himself.
For the full Israel21c interview click here.