California Business Journal News Service
Top executives from Qualcomm, Microsoft, Intel, Fox, Lionsgate, KPMG, Disney, Warner Bros. Records and Television, R/GA Ventures, and 50 more companies will share their experience on how Israel and the U.S. bridge the gap on innovation, technology, and business at The Israel Conference October 21-22 at The Skirball in Los Angeles.
Now in its 7th year, The Israel Conference is a powerful platform that brings business opportunities, ideas, and people together through great content and extensive networking to see the future state of technology, meet funders, and establish business alliances.
“The Israel Conference is a nexus of innovation in action with forward-thinking corporate leaders sharing their success and opening new markets,” says Conference co-Founder Sharona Justman.
The Israel Conference is a fast-paced business conference that brings together leading technology innovators and investors in High Tech, Media and Entertainment, Advertising, Mobile, eCommerce, Content, Gaming, Cloud, Security, Automotive, Clean Tech, Medical Tech and Consumer Products coming out of Israel that are market-making and in demand.
Over 700 top business executives will attend this year’s conference to meet leaders of significant businesses that do business in Israel and investors in Israeli companies.
“The speakers represent the spirit of the inventiveness of the Israel market,” Justman says. “Attendees gain an insider’s understanding of the growth of both public and privately-held Israel-facing companies to increase business and investment opportunities.”
“The Israel Conference is an amazing brand and is giving serious value back to Israel,” says Adam Singolda of Taboola.
“The Israel Conference is an amazing collection of talent,” says Chris Rice of Check Point Software.
This year, The Israel Conference has added a new session called Executive Connection eXecon. This daily session connecting entrepreneurs with investors will allow companies to give a twelve-minute pitch in one-on-one meetings with CEO’s, industry leaders, and investors.
This year’s headline speakers include:
Yossi Vardi, who co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ, which was sold to AOL. Vardi has an extensive government and public career, holding the position of Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Chairman of Israel’s National Oil Company and Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation.
David Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital: Blumberg has 24 years of investing experience in venture capital backed technology companies including Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Teva, Creo (acquired by Eastman Kodak), DSP Group, Electronics For Imaging, AbirNet (acquired by Computer Associates), Conduct Software and Allerez (both acquired by Hewlett Packard), Vista Research (acquired by McGraw Hill), and IP Infusion (acquired by ACCESS Co., Ltd.).
Guy Horowitz, Managing Director, Deutsche Telekom BD and Venturing: Horowitz is Vice President Business Development at Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe’s leading integrated communications carrier. He is the Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom’s Israel office. His group is active in bringing Israeli innovation into Deutsche Telekom and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.
David Wertheimer, President, Digital, Fox: Wertheimer is responsible for the networks’ strategies, operations and ventures in digital entertainment content and emerging media platforms. Having founded his first company at 15, Wertheimer worked for Steve Jobs for five years and became the first President of the Digital Entertainment division at Paramount Pictures. Wertheimer has consistently helped drive the media entertainment and technology industries in creating the multi-platform future of television. Today, his group at FOX builds and operates digital platforms including online viewing apps, websites, digital network incubation and social network audience engagement related to FOX’s entertainment properties.
Larry Jasinski, CEO, ReWalk: Jasinski has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the ReWalk board since February 2012. ReWalk Robotics is an innovative medical device company that is designing, developing and commercializing exoskeletons allowing wheelchair-bound individuals to stand and walk once again. “Our mission is to fundamentally change the health and life experiences of individuals with spinal cord injuries,” he says.