The Israel Conference 2010
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In The Beginning - From Startup to Exit - All in Six Days Cisterns and Vapor – Clean Tech – Going Green
High Tech in a Slow Economy – Opportunities for Investment and Challenges for Sales Medical Miracles – Curing What Ails You
Things that go Click – Capture Technology Israel Goes Hollywood – Media without Borders




Israel Goes Hollywood - Media without Borders
What's cool, what's amazing, what's displaying, what's in your device?
What's being funded and how do you become part of the deal?


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Yair Landau


Yair Landau - Mass Animation / Bedouin Media ISRAEL GOES HOLLYWOOD
Yair Landau is the former Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President, Sony Pictures Digital. Landau formed Sony Pictures Digital in 1999, bringing together all of Sony Pictures' digital artists and software engineers from Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Online Entertainment and Columbia Tristar Interactive into one division.

Landau supervised production of Imageworks' first animated short, THE CHUBB CHUBBS, which won several awards including an Academy Award for Best Short Film (animated) in 2003. Landau has grown Sony Online Entertainment into the worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming building upon EverQuest, the most successful MMO PC game in the United States with Star Wars Galaxies launched in partnership with Lucas Arts in 2003.

Through Sony Pictures Digital, Landau developed the technology and formed the five-studio Movielink partnership, the first major studio Internet movie download service, launched in 2002. Most recently, he reorganized Sony Pictures Digital Networks to focus on emerging mobile entertainment, broadband video delivery and media software.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Landau earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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David Lonner


David Lonner - William Morris Agency ISRAEL GOES HOLLYWOOD
David Lonner is co-head of the Motion Picture Department at the William Morris Agency (WMA), which he joined in September 2003.

Lonner represents a wide range of highly successful writers, producers and directors including: J.J. Abrams, Audrey Wells, Brad Silberling, Jon Turteltaub, Alexander Payne, Michael Tolkin and Brad Bird.  Lonner is a former board member of the Early Childhood Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and former chairman of the entertainment division of the United Jewish Fund.

He serves on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and he is a board member of the Phase 1 Cancer Institute.

Founded in 1898, the William Morris Agency (WMA) is the largest and most diversified talent and literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London, Miami Beach and Shanghai.

The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Commercial Endorsements, Sports Marketing, Corporate Consulting, Digital Media, and Video Games.
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Orna Berry


Orna Berry - Gemini Israel Funds ISRAEL GOES HOLLYWOOD
Dr. Orna Berry has spent over 25 years in science and technology industries, as an academic researcher, entrepreneur, policy maker and most recently, venture capitalist. She chairs the Israel Venture Association, which represents the Israeli venture capital community. Israeli Venture activity, started in the early 1990's with the "Yozma Program", has grown to become the major source of financing for start-up and early stage technology companies. With $10 billion in capital, Israeli VCs have played a major role in making Israel an important global source of innovation.

Orna joined Gemini as a Venture Partner in June 2000. In her role at Gemini, Dr. Berry applies her expertise in the high-tech arena to assist and advise Gemini portfolio companies. She has been an active Board member on a number of Gemini companies and is currently Chairperson of Prime Sense.

Orna is also the outgoing Chief Scientist and Director of the Industrial R&D Administration of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Government of Israel. In this capacity she was responsible for implementing government policy regarding support and encouragement of industrial research and development.

Dr. Berry is a seasoned entrepreneur. In 1993, she co-founded ORNET Data Communication Technologies Ltd. Her duties included raising venture capital, building the company's worldwide infrastructure and managing the sale of ORNET to Siemens in 1995.

Dr. Berry made significant technological contributions to the local area network (LAN) industry. She served as the Chief Scientist of Fibronics, where her design and implementation work became international standards (IEEE 802.1, 802.5). She also served as a senior research engineer in companies such as IBM and UNISYS, and a consultant to Intel. In her academic research she illustrated for the first time how distributed programs can run faster than previously known, opening the way for accelerated processing in network and distributed environments.

Dr Berry received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and M.A. and B.A. degrees in Statistics and Mathematics from Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities.
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Roy Baharav


Roy Baharav is the CEO of SeamBI since 2005. SeamBI is leading the Dynamic Product Placement revolution. Today, with offices in the United States, Germany, and Israel, SeamBI's technology enables content owners to sell new product placement opportunities just as they sell spot advertisements. SeamBI's platform works across multiple formats from HD broadcast television to the Internet, providing content owners with extensive control over where, when, and how advertised products are seen within their program.

Prior to SeamBI, Roy was a Section Leader in the Technology Division of the IDF Intelligence Corps. Roy earned his BSc in Electrical Engineering and MBA from Tel Aviv University.
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Guy Hoffman


Guy Hoffman - Georgia Institute of Technology / Media Innovation Lab, IDC Herzliyah ISRAEL GOES HOLLYWOOD
Guy is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT). He is also joining the faculty of the Media Innovation Lab at IDC Herzliyah. Prior he was a research associate at MIT.

Hoffman holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in the field of Human-Robot Interaction and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. His research investigates practice, anticipation, and joint action between humans and artificial agents, with the aim of designing agents that display more fluent behavior with their human partners. Other research interests include theater and musical performance robots as well as non-anthropomorphic agent design.

Hoffman's robot AUR won the 2007 IEEE International Robot Design Competition; he was animation and software lead on the 2008 World Expo Digital Water Pavilion, one of TIME magazine's "Best Inventions of 2007"; his research has been covered in the international press, including the New York Times, Seuddeutsche Zeitung, and Science; Hoffman has held several senior research and product development positions in the Israeli software technology industry; and his work in animation, data visualization, architecture, theater, and new media art has been internationally published and exhibited.

The GTCMT brings new musical technology ideas to the market, with applied solutions for businesses and consumers. The MILAB invents, prototypes, and researches the future of media & technology.
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Itzik Cohen


Itzik Cohen is the Founder and CEO of ClipSync. Based in Silicon Valley, California, ClipSync was co-founded by former WebEx veteran Itzik Cohen to research, create, and implement the next-generation real-time social interaction platform. ClipSync's ongoing mission is to cultivate and promote innovative and fun ways for people to more naturally meet, interact, and share experiences online.

ClipSync is a private company led by founders Itzik Cohen & Sam Baron, and is backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, KPG Ventures, Geneva Ventures, and other prominent Silicon Valley investors.

Prior to founding ClipSync, Mr. Cohen was centrally involved with funding and IPO at WebEx Communications, the Web Meeting Applications Company Acquired by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO). Prior to WebEx, Mr. Cohen was Director of Business Development at NetManage Inc., where he led the Advanced Technology team focusing on collaborative technologies.

As a professional basketball player in Europe, Mr. Cohen played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, a 4 time EuroLeague champions. A native of Israel, Mr. Cohen also served in the Israeli Air Force.
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Yosi Glick


At Jinni, Yosi works with a talented team of industry veterans and specialists in Internet, entertainment, consumer behavior, algorithms and systems implementation. Previously, Yosi was VP Marketing and Business Development for Orca Interactive, responsible for the company's IPTV product vision and roadmap, marketing strategy, and business development with global companies such as Lucent, Nortel, HP, IBM, Accenture, NDS and SeaChange.

Prior, he worked at Oracle as an analyst, in project management and in pre-sales; and as director of technical services, where he worked with software vendors including Amdocs and Comverse. Yosi began his career as an application developer for ERP systems at Accenture. Yosi holds a B.Sc. in Information Systems from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

Jinni's semantic catalog for professional content uniquely uses video meta-data, synopsis and reviews to capture the intricacies of character and plot with content genetics as well as the emotional experiences of viewing media.

Jinni is partnering with TV operators and Internet content providers, while also developing a destination site, to provide intuitive search and precise personal recommendations. The focus on user psychographics also offers new possibilities in targeted advertising.
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Zaki Rakib


As the CEO and co-founder of Novafora, Dr. Zaki Rakib has assembled a team that is bringing to market new technology which will revolutionize the way people experience video. Over the past 20 years, Zaki has been recognized as one of the leading forces within the broadband arena, spearheading major advances in the delivery of video, data and voice services.

Before Novafora, Zaki co-founded Terayon Communication Systems in 1993 based upon his vision for the growth of broadband communication. As CEO, Zaki guided Terayon through its 1998 IPO and by 2000, the company had achieved over $350 million in annual revenues. Prior to Terayon, Zaki was founder and vice president of engineering at Helios, a chip design company later acquired by Cadence Design Systems. Throughout his career as an entrepreneur and top executive, Zaki has raised approximately $1 billion in equity and debt, and brings a consistently strong track record of growing value for shareholders.

Zaki holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Ben-Gurion University.

Novafora is a video processor company founded in 2004 by a team of successful entrepreneurs and video experts. Novafora's mission is to accelerate the digital video revolution with a family of video processors optimized for the unique requirements of video devices and networks. The advantages of Novafora video processor from its novel architecture are: superior absolute performance, efficient implementation with lower power consumption, flexibility of a fully programmable video engine and competitive price. Using Novafora video processors, manufacturers will be able to build products with a new generation of video aware applications that fulfill the promise of digital video revolution.
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David Wertheimer


David Wertheimer - Entertainment Technology Center @ USC ISRAEL GOES HOLLYWOOD
David Wertheimer is the Executive Director of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (USC).

David was previously the president of Paramount Digital Entertainment and has been immersed in producing content, developing new technologies, and managing organizations (ranging from start-ups to divisions within publicly traded companies) for over 15 years. David was appointed in early 2007 to head the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC-USC), bringing his expertise to bear on the technological and sociological implications of providing content to consumers who desire it at any time and any place. Through this consortium, which brings together all the major motion picture studios and several leading technology, CE companies and service providers, David is helping to evangelize and de-mystify digital content distribution and consumption. ETC's Anytime/Anywhere Content Lab, Anytime/Anwhere Consumer Research, and CxO Roundtables are helping multiple industries collaborate to make sense of content in the Internet age and to encourage consumer adoption of digital media.

David was previously the founder and CEO of WireBreak Entertainment, a premier digital content distribution and television production company; Executive Director of the Institute for Creative Technologies; and held technology and business management positions at Oracle and NeXT.

David was named one of five entertainment executives to watch by USA Today and one of three individuals leading the next generation of convergence by the Hollywood Reporter. David's previous speaking experience includes CES, NAB, Digital Hollywood, CTIA, CTAM and many more.

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Selected Participating Firms:

Sequoia Capital Milken Institute LiveU Yossi Vardi STEP Strategy Advisors
Sheppard Mullin
Bank Leumi Gemini Israel Funds Los Angeles Department of Water & Power JVP cVidya
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Pitango Israel Venture Network Shamrock Holdings Intel
Novafora MARK Enterprises
Check Point William Morris Agency
Jajah Tigo Energy
Topio Jinni
DFJ Tamir Fishman
Canaan Partners USC Entertainment Technology Center Vringo
ClipSync Luxe Hotel BabyFirstTV PricewaterhouseCoopers
Premiere Radio Networks Silicon Valley Bank
Given Imaging
The Westly Group
Tamarix Ventures
Mass Animation
Timeless Jerusalem IVC
Entertainment Media Ventures
Olmstead Williams Communications
Bedoin Media
MIT Georgia Institute of Technology
New Century Capital Partners Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants
Women In Technology International LA Chamber of Commerce Maverick Angels LARTA
Business Wire Daly-Swartz Public Relations iHollywood Forum
cFour Partners Worldwide
Shelter Capital Partners O2Cool Water Yarden Wines
Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange Israel Economic Mission of LA
SCICC California Capital Summit KenRadio

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