Israel’s 32 Serial AI Entrepreneurs

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List of 31 Israeli serial entrepreneurs in the artificial intelligence sector

Entrenched in the Israeli innovation ecosystem is entrepreneurship, weaved tightly into their identity fabric and a driving force of the country’s global contribution today.

In analyzing the entrepreneurs of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector of Israel’s startups, we at StartupHub.ai have identified the coveted serial AI entrepreneurs who continue to strike the iron of innovation.

For the purpose of our analysis, we defined a serial AI entrepreneur as one who has successfully exited at least one AI-related venture, and consequently founded another AI-related venture. The infographic above showcases 32 Israeli serial AI entrepreneurs with their listed ventures, from exited to active.

Here a list view of Israel’s coveted group of serial AI entrepreneurs (listed in alphabetical order):

EMIL ALON

  1. Pebbles Interfaces, AR/VR sensing platform (acquired by Facebook in 2015 for $60 million).
  2. Resonai, mobile AR model creation engine.

ZIV AVIRAM

  1. Mobileye, automotive collision avoidance system (IPO in 2014 for $890 million).
  2. Orcam, wearable vision assistance device.

GIDEON BEN-ZVI

  1. Ligature: OCR software technology (acquired by Wizcom in 2015 for $27 million).
  2. Wizcom: OCR-based personal, portable, scanning dictionaries, reading pens and scanning pens (IPO in 1999 for $150 million).
  3. Briefcam: video synopsis® and deep learning solutions for rapid video review and search (acquired by Canon in 2018 for $90 million).

NOAM BEN-ZVI

  1. BlueTail: social and big data mining services (acquired by Salesforce in 2012).
  2. Placer.ai: advanced human foot traffic analytics platform.

AMIR COHEN

  1. BlueTail: social and big data mining services (acquired by Salesforce in 2012).
  2. Planck Re: commercial insurance data platform.

NISSIM COHEN

  1. Aditor, targeted advertising technology (acquired by Playtika in 2017 for $10 million).
  2. Smart.Bid, predictive marketing platform.

SAGIE DAVIDOVICH

  1. Delver, customized search platform (acquired by Sears in 2009).
  2. SparkBeyond, AI-powered automated research engine.

RONEN FELDMAN

  1. ClearForest, text analytics and text mining solutions (acquired by Reuters in 2007 for $30 million).
  2. Amenity Analytics, NLP text analytics and sentiment analysis tools.

YARON GALAI

  1. Quigo, ad-targeting network (acquired by AOL in 2007 for $340 million).
  2. OutBrain, performance-based native advertising platform.

OMER GEVA

  1. eGlue, customer interaction management solution (acquired by NICE Systems in 2010 for $29 million).
  2. Continual, connected-vehicle mobile network.

EYAL GURA

  1. PicScout, image copyright insights (acquired by Getty Images in 2011 for $20 million).
  2. Zebra Medical Vision, medical imaging tools for radiology.

ASSAF HENKIN

  1. Kontera, content marketing, social marketing, and actionable analytics (acquired by Amobee in 2014 for $150 million).
  2. Aktibo, customer intelligence platform for insurance.

DORON HERZLICH

  1. nanoRep, self-service, virtual customer assistants, and smart bot solutions for customer service  (acquired by LegMeIn in 2017 for $50 million).
  2. Referral-AI, human capital network effects mapping.

EINAV ITAMAR

  1. Corrigon, visual search engine (acquired by eBay in 2016 for $30 million).
  2. Voca.ai, conversational AI software.

GERSHOM KUTLIROFF

  1. Omek Interactive, advanced motion sensing software (acquired by Intel in 2013 for $35 million).
  2. Clearvuze, drone-base video analysis.

JANINE KUTLIROFF

  1. Omek Interactive, advanced motion sensing software (acquired by Intel in 2013 for $35 million).
  2. Clearvuze, drone-based video analysis.

KOBI MARENKO

  1. Taptica, global mobile advertising technology (acquired by Marimedia in 2014 for $14 million).
  2. Arbe Robotics, high-resolution automotive autonomous radar.

AVINOAM OMER

  1. Corrigon, visual search engine (acquired by eBay in 2016 for $30 million).
  2. Zoomix, data optimization and acceleration layer for storage engines (acquired by Microsoft in 2008 for $35 million).
  3. Eyezon.ai, computer vision for retail technology.

ISHAI OREN

  1. YaData, ad-targeting software (acquired by Microsoft in 2008 for $22 million).
  2. Trellis, food system intelligence and supply optimization.

SHMUEL PELEG

  1. Briefcam, video synopsis® and deep learning solutions for rapid video review and search (acquired by Canon in 2018 for $90 million).
  2. Humaneyes, photographic 3D and computer vision.

ASSAF ROZENBLATT

  1. BrainBoost, metasearch engine (acquired by Answers.com in 2005 for $4 million).
  2. Sigmento, structured product information for retailers (acquired by Akeneo in 2018).

EDO SEGAL

  1. Relegence, AR/VR sensing platform (acquired by Facebook in 2015 for $60 million).
  2. BrainBoost, metasearch engine (acquired by Answers.com in 2005 for $4 million).
  3. Touchcastharnesses the power of AI to help you create unforgettable communication experiences.

YOAV SHAHAM

  1. Kontera, content marketing, social marketing, and actionable analytics (acquired by Amobee in 2014 for $150 million).
  2. Aktibo, customer intelligence platform for insurance.

AVIV SHAPIRA

  1. Replay Technologies, video 3D reconstruction technologies (acquired by Intel in 2016 for $175 million).
  2. XTend, extending reality by empowering humans via drones.

MATTEO SHAPIRA

  1. Replay Technologies, video 3D reconstruction technologies (acquired by Intel in 2016 for $175 million).
  2. XTend, extending reality by empowering humans via drones.

AMNON SHASHUA

  1. Mobileye, automotive collision avoidance system (IPO in 2014 for $890 million).
  2. Orcam, wearable vision assistance device.

MOTI SHNIBERG

  1. Face.com, platform for efficient and accurate facial recognition in photos (acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $100 million).
  2. FDNA, building AI-based phenotyping technologies.
  3. CyberMDX, healthcare cybersecurity solution.
  4. SeedX, detects the most important genetic traits from the seed phenotypical appearance.

LIOR TAL

  1. Guardium, database activity monitoring, security and auditing (acquired by IBM in 2009 for $225 million).
  2. Insightixnetwork access control and real-time security intelligence (acquired by McAfee in 2012 for $4.5 million).
  3. PG Guard, service for parents to safeguard their children on facebook (acquired in 2014).
  4. Personity.ai, candidate personality predictive assessment (acquired by Totango in 2018).

ELAD TSUR

  1. BlueTail: social and big data mining services (acquired by Salesforce in 2012).
  2. Planck Re, commercial insurance data platform.

OREN YOGEV

  1. Replay Technologies, video 3D reconstruction technologies (acquired by Intel in 2016 for $175 million).
  2. Blinkeye.ai, eye tracking computer vision core technology.

YANIV ZECHARYA

  1. BlueTail, social and big data mining services (acquired by Salesforce in 2012).
  2. FundGuard, investment funds technology.

This is part one of a two part series. Stay tuned for next week’s post for a follow-up analysis and insights on the commonalities and characteristics of these serial AI entrepreneurs.

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Note: Indeed, there are exceptions to this qualification wherein entrepreneurs whose startup haven’t exited, but their share and monetary value thereof have reached the tantamount point of an exit caused by new funding rounds. These entrepreneurs weren’t included for the sake of adhering to a methodology and lack of internal percentage point transparencies.

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