This has been a week with tons of entrepreneurship activity. There were so many events, I started feeling like I was seeing the same people over again…It all began with Saul Klein of Index Ventures hosted Allison Johnson of Apple, Chris Riley and Todd Waterbury of Wieden+Kennedy, all branding experts at such brands as Apple, Nike etc. at different venues and in varying formats: An entrepreneurs’ workshop on narrative at the amazing Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa; a workshop on the future of Internet at IDC and an open lecture by Chris Riley (in the picture) on the power of brand also at IDC hosted by the Zell Program.
We were very happy to host a part of this kind of “farewell” week of Saul’s who has been very helpful to the program (and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Israel in general) in his year and a half in and around Silicon Blvd (aka Rotschild Blvd.). There was also an event at the amazing residence of the UK Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould in Ramat Gan. The Ambassador, who has invested particular energy in bolstering the relations in the high tech community with the launching of the UK Israel Technologies Hub, also made mention of Saul’s contribution.
The week also played host to Bootcamp Ventures in Israel, which Guy Lachman of the renowned law firm Yigal Arnon (who were one of the sponsors) was kind enough to invite me to join and the Mass Challenge kick off. Finally, the week culminated with Seedcamp, also hosted by Saul along with Phillip Moehring. Two Zell teams, Roomer and HocSpot were the finalists in the 18 team line-up at SeedCamp Tel Aviv. I got great feedback on both teams while mentoring during the long day. They did an amazing job and made me super proud.