Shahar Matorin (Country Manager – Israel)
Shahar has been involved in the Israeli high-tech, internet and digital industry since 1999 and has lead a global business development for startups and high-tech companies. He represents Israel in the biggest and most growing entrepreneurs community – Startup Grind, he manages the startup communication channel with more than 208 cities globally.
Ram Yonish (Co-Director – Tel Aviv)
Ram is an entrepreneur, tech savvy, highly experienced consultant, speaker and mentor, who loves new ideas, innovation and out-of-the-box solutions. He believes in transparency, partnership, mutual honor and hard work. With vast experience in marketing (SEO, SMO, online and offline), pre-sale, account management QA & Testing and deeply familiarity with development processes (traditional/agile), Dev/Ops, methodologies, variable tools solutions and services. Many years of experience around offshore professional services models and flexible business models (SOW, SLA, Fixed, T&M).
Kristi DePaul (Marketing Director)
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kristi is a passionate content marketer, blogger, educator, speaker, and world traveler. Most recently, she managed marketing efforts for a $65m education investment network and the world’s premier higher ed IT association. Previously, she directed strategic initiatives and marketing communications across four continents for three international start-ups. Combining her expertise in marketing, social media and influencer relations, Kristi has formed Founders Marketing, a firm that helps tech start-ups create effective messaging to grow global audiences.
Gil Taran (Ambassador)
Gil Taran spent the past 15 years in the US as a professor of software engineering and the chief executive of two global and highly successful (Inc. 5000, Red Herring) Carnegie Mellon tech startups. A growth expert who delivered multi-million dollar profits year on year, Gil’s efforts led to the establishment of Carnegie Innovations, the university’s high-growth venture fund. An accomplished author and keynote speaker, he is also the co-founder of Meentro, a company focused on replacing cold calls with warm introductions using predictive technology, a proprietary approach and an international community of experts.
Yariv Lotan (Ambassador)
Yariv is the Co-Founder and CEO of Meentro.com – a revolutionary sales lead marketplace. An entrepreneurial investment banker and founder of Value-Focused Investments. Before that Yariv spent six years leading Atara Investments, the PE investment arm of the Phoenix insurance group.
Yariv has served over the years as Executive Chairman, Chairman, Director, Board Observer, Investment committee member of various Public and Private companies in the fields of software, telecommunications, medical devices, services, finance and insurance.
Yariv a father of four, marathoner, and an educator. He holds B.Sc. Engineering (TAU) and MBA (Brunel).
Doron Amir (Technology Ambassador)
Doron spent 20 years in the high-tech industry as an expert in advanced software technologies and encryption methods. He has been from startups to large corporations, was the Director and Senior Lecturer at the Technion and other academic institutions, seats on the board of the most important high-tech competitions (IT-Awards, Mobi-Awards, Webi-Awards) and presides numerous projects and solutions in the global high-tech industry.
Inon Shviro (Event Manager)
Inon is an executive manager in the areas of marketing, sales and technology within the high-tech world, internet and training. He started his career in information systems and trainings within a framework of wide range positions. In his time as VP of Marketing & Business Partnerships at John Bryce College, he specialized in marketing, sales and management of business partnerships. He has experience in technical, marketing and management fields, in managing complex projects, streamlining processes, managing budget, managing diverse teams, creating new partnerships and managing partnerships in Israel and abroad.
Shay Mamo (Content Manager)
Shay is an experienced R&D executive, entrepreneur and investor. His background is in new product development, manufacturing and marketing of mass production products and electro-mechanical systems. Shay has assisted many early stage startups with business development and serves as a mentor and teaching assistant for entrepreneurship courses at the Technion where he earned his MBA. He also holds a BSME from CalPoly. Currently, Shay is managing a medical startup.