I have co-founded five companies, three of which have been acquired. Most recently, I co-founded an investment and advisory firm called Aviv Growth Partners, which works with large U.S. corporations to access, acquire and co-invest in mature Israeli technologies and innovations. That entity, based in Boston and Tel Aviv, features an incredible team and some absolutely jaw-dropping technology, some of which we’ve accessed deep inside the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
Previously, I co-founded a data and information service with Scott Kirsner (Wired, Fast Company, The Boston Globe, etc.) called Innovation Leader. Readers of IL include 30,000+ innovation, strategy, and R&D executives at the largest companies in the world, including Boeing, Nike, Starbucks, Disney, P&G, Exxon-Mobil, and others. I’m still on the board there.
Before that, I co-founded FanTab, a social-media platform that tracked "fan confidence" or sentiment in real-time. The company, which filed a patent for real-time sentiment collection, was acquired by a division of Advance Publications, which has since incorporated the technology into its sports offerings at AOL and elsewhere.
Prior to that, I co-founded a global financial information service that was acquired by Haymarket Media in London. That service has become one of the largest publishers of regulatory compliance information in the world, and features a suite of data, event and publishing assets. Got the pleasure to work with former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt and others on that product, which was an incredible experience.
Earlier, I co-founded and sold a venture-backed media company that is now part of CBS Interactive. That company also filed some interesting patents, focused mostly on digital B2B interactions, and licensed its platform to the largest online publishers back in the day, including ZDNet, CNET, IDG, etc.
Before that, I was on the founding team of The Boston Globe's pioneering and award-winning Web site, Boston.com. That entity, Boston Globe Electronic Publishing (which Bill Gates called one of the only newspapers to get it right), developed not only the Boston Globe’s Web site, but the original online presence of most of Boston’s cultural institutions, including the MFA (pictured).
I got my start in the media business at an investment of Fidelity Capital, the private-equity arm of Fidelity Investments, which had acquired 100+ newspapers in the Greater Boston area.
In addition to those experiences, I have mentored and advised myriad entrepreneurs and startups, have guest lectured at local B-schools, and have worked with local venture firms on everything from investments and portfolio due-diligence to recruitment and M&A.
I live in the suburbs of Boston with my wife Kathy, who has a PhD in Psychology but spends most of her time at The Rashi School, where she was President of the Board of Directors. We have three kids: Sophie (19), Mayta (18), and Zev (16).