Dror Berman Dror Berman
Founding Managing Partner

Dror Berman

Founding Managing Partner

As the founding Managing Partner of Innovation Endeavors, Dror seeks diverse, creative ways to partner with entrepreneurs who are applying emerging technologies to re-shape industries globally.

Throughout his career, Dror has been passionate about how entrepreneurial ecosystems can give rise to companies that have positive human and financial impact. Prior to joining Innovation Endeavors, Dror worked on global search products with Yahoo, spearheaded an R&D team at NICE Systems, and led business development for an Israeli CE retailer. He also spent three years in an elite unit at the Israeli Defense Forces.

Dror has an MBA from Stanford, and graduated cum laude in Computer Science and Bioinformatics from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Dror lives with his wife Diti in Palo Alto and travels frequently to Israel.

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Investment Partner

Yuval Shachar

Investment Partner

Yuval is an entrepreneur and investor, providing guidance and mentoring to a broad base of entrepreneurs and founding teams. Where applicable Yuval has become involved as a co-founder, board member or investor in companies such as Interlude, Taboola, Taykey, Eyeview (NY); Qwilt (CA); XConnect (London); Panoramic Power, Tufin, Mobile Spaces, and XTR3D (Israel). Until 2009, Yuval served as a GM at Cisco running one of the BU’s in Cisco’s Service Provider group. Prior to Cisco Yuval co-founded P-Cube and served as its President and CEO, providing both leadership and vision up to its acquisition by Cisco in 2004. Prior to P-Cube, Yuval co-founded Pentacom, a pioneer in Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT) products, as well as previously leading the creation of Infogear, which developed some of the industry’s first web appliances (both companies were acquired by Cisco). Previously, Yuval served as Vice President of Research and Development at VocalTec, overseeing the and creation and development of the first set of VoIP architectures and products (VocalTec went public on NASDAQ 1996). Yuval started his career at Motorola and National Semiconductors in a variety of technology and software development and management roles.

Eric Schmidt Eric Schmidt
Founding Partner

Eric Schmidt

Founding Partner

Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.

From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eric is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

Anat_Binur Anat Binur
Investment Partner

Anat Binur

Investment Partner

Anat is an Investment Partner and leads Innovation Labs at Innovation Endeavors, where she connects and works with early stage entrepreneurs that think big and are driven by a passion to have an impact on the world.

Anat is a founder and an executive board member of MEET, a technology education startup that since 2004 has been educating and empowering hundreds of future leaders of the Middle East. Prior to joining Innovation Endeavors, Anat worked at the World Bank, focusing on leveraging mobile platforms to expand savings in Africa. Prior to that she practiced corporate, constitutional and criminal law in Israel.

Anat received her Ph.D. from MIT, where she worked with Prof. Dan Ariely to apply behavioral economics methods to measuring intergroup collaboration and behavior and holds an MPA from Columbia University and a law degree from Hebrew University. Anat served for three years as a tank instructor and Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Celestine Johnson Celestine Johnson
Innovation Partner

Celestine Johnson

Innovation Partner

Celestine Johnson is one of the youngest female partners in venture capital. At Innovation Endeavors, she backs interesting renegades solving big market problems that affect the world. Celestine also creates innovation programs and builds community to support global entrepreneurs and spark emergent innovation ecosystems. She has founded and scaled some of the most innovative and impactful initiatives coming out of Silicon Valley, including National Day of Civic Hacking with the White House & NASA, Super Happy Block Party, and Curiosity Camp – the secret retreat for the world’s top innovators. Celestine serves as an Innovation Advisory Board Member to British Airways and is behind the Ungrounded Program.

She advises ZeeMee and the GAFTA Cultural Incubator. Before Innovation Endeavors, she worked in human rights and environmental compliance at Apple. In her prior life, she spent a year as an adventure capitalist to pursue her bucket list. She walked across Spain and was a monk in a monastery.  

Nan_Li Nan Li
Investment Partner

Nan Li

Investment Partner

Nan joined Innovation Endeavors in 2013.  Prior to this, he led Operations, Product, and Finance at a high-growth startup in San Francisco called Gigwalk.  The company operated a B2B2C marketplace to connect businesses with real-time workers ready to do tasks.  Before Gigwalk, Nan was an investor at Bain Capital Ventures, focused on early-stage companies in commerce, media, and data.  Earlier in his career, he also served as a product manager at Microsoft as well as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company.  He has spent the majority of his career in tech, focusing on commerce, web services, ad tech, social media, and data analytics.  Outside of work, he enjoys photography, music, and rooting for all Detroit sports teams – even the Lions.

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Investment Team

Aaron Dubin

Investment Team

Aaron is a member of the Investment Team in Israel and is passionate about discovering, building, and growing boldly disruptive companies that solve real problems and have a positive impact on the world.

Prior to joining Innovation Endeavors, he worked as an Analyst at Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s oldest and largest venture capital firm. There, he led the company’s deal flow process, conducted due diligence research and analysis for the investment team, and assisted the finance department with portfolio and fund management. Aaron graduated cum laude from the international school at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel, where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Zell Entrepreneurship Program, where he earned a second specialization in Entrepreneurship and founded a technology startup in the field of location-based file sharing. Aaron is an extreme sports enthusiast, and especially enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and all other board-related activities.

Daniel Daniel Goldstein
Creative Lead

Daniel Goldstein

Creative Lead

Daniel Goldstein is leading creative initiatives in Israel that bridge the local talent and the US technology and business communities. She is running special events where founders can connect and create in a unique way.

Previously, she led Business Development at Red Onion Games, a start-up focusing on the gaming and commerce industries. She was part of the exclusive Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the Inter Disciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel. She also was responsible for initiating and establishing the international Sandbox Network in Israel, a global community of outstanding entrepreneurs, where she serves as the Tel Aviv Ambassador. She interned with fashion designer Peter Som in New York City. And during her military service, Daniel served as a content producer for the Israeli Air Force’s Film Unit. A World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Daniel holds a B.A. in Communications from the IDC. She loves to connect people and to try new things.

Kim_Snodgrass Kim Snodgrass
Business Operations

Kim Snodgrass

Business Operations

Kim Snodgrass currently leads business operations while also supporting the founding Managing Partner at Innovation Endeavors. Previously, she worked at Asana, where she supported the President and Co-Founder. And before that, she worked at Olive Grove Consulting where she supported the CEO’s strategic planning initiatives. Kim also worked with Quilt (acquired by Tripster) on world-domination tactics, is the founder of REACH and on the Board of Together We Rise. She holds a B.A. from UCI, an Ed.M. from Harvard, and ♥s sea turtles and engaging with pinatas.

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Innovation Labs

Chris Van Arsdale

Innovation Labs

Christopher Van Arsdale currently works as a Technical Lead at Innovation Endeavors. Entering the University of Washington at age 14, Chris graduated with degrees in Physics and Computer Science. After college, Chris was recruited by Google in 2005, and spent 8 years there as an engineer. At Google, Chris was the Technical Lead for Google News, led projects in Search Infrastructure, and finished his tenure at Google as a manager in Google Maps.

Following his passion for scientific innovation, Chris left Google in 2013 to work on bringing large-scale computing to the world of Drug Discovery. Chris joined Innovation Endeavors in 2014 to co-found Innovation Labs, an innovation engine for venture creation. In his spare time,

Chris enjoys traveling, horseback riding, playing Ultimate Frisbee, tinkering with his 3D printer, following scientific journals, and seeking out the worlds best Hot Chocolate. Chris currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Corrie.

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Innovation Labs

Samantha Wai

Innovation Labs

Sam works on the Innovation Labs Team and is excited about combining creative thinking, new technologies, and innovative business models to pursue interesting ideas across a number of industries.

Prior to joining Innovation Endeavors, Sam worked at McKinsey & Company where she served clients across the Pharma, Tech, and Social Sector industries and focused on pricing, strategy, and operations functions. In particular, she spent a significant portion of her time working in Global Public Health, which included everything from thinking about the challenges with existing vaccine delivery systems to working on demand generation and supply chain issues in family planning in Indonesia.

Sam graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics. She enjoys running, rock-climbing, and playing soccer, which are all balanced by (and sometimes over-balanced by) her love of food and trying new restaurants.

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Investment Partner

Scott Brady

Investment Partner

Scott has been a founder of three publicly traded companies in the software and telecommunications industries. Scott was most recently the Chairman and CEO of FiberTower Corporation (FTWR). He co-founded the company in 2000 and led the company through its successful merger with First Avenue Networks in 2006, which valued the company at over $750mm. FiberTower is the leading independent provider of cell tower backhaul to major wireless carriers and holds the most comprehensive collection of fixed-wireless spectrum assets in the US. Prior to FiberTower, Scott was cofounder and CTO of Clarus Corporation (CLRS), a provider of business to business procurement and settlement software solutions. Before that, Scott was cofounder and CTO of SQL Financials (SQLF), a provider of enterprise financial and human resource software applications. Scott started his career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Scott received a MS in Management as a Sloan Fellow from the Stanford Business School and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He currently serves as Chairman of the Sloan Advisory Board for the Stanford Business School and is a frequent guest lecturer on Entrepreneurship and High Performance Leadership.

Harpi Madan Harpi Madan
Investment Partner

Harpi Madan

Investment Partner

Harpi has been an entrepreneur in the internet and wireless space. He is currently the co-founder and VP of Product & Marketing for Project Slice. Previously he was the co-founder and Sr. VP Marketing at FiberTower, a leading independent provider of backhaul to wireless carriers. He also held software development roles building internet infrastructure and transaction processing software at Oracle and Bull-Honeywell.

He holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in Computer Science from Indiana University and a BS in Computer Science from Institute of Technology, BHU, India.

Raymond Nasr Raymond Nasr
Advisor

Raymond Nasr

Advisor

Raymond Nasr is the former Director of Executive Communications at Google Inc. He held this role from 2001 to early 2005 and was responsible for several aspects of the public communications for the senior management of the company, including Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt as well as Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Prior to Google, Nasr was Director of Corporate Relations at Novell Inc, where he led the company’s corporate and government relations efforts. Before Novell, Nasr held various positions in the areas of public relations and corporate speech-writing at Apple Computer Inc, and at Sun Microsystems Inc.

Since 2004, he has served as a Special Faculty Advisor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University helping to improve MBA’s communications skills and is a Visiting Fellow at the Said School of Business at Oxford University. Currently, Nasr maintains a communications consultancy where he advises a number of start-up companies and venture capital firms, including Twitter, Inc., Pandora Media, and Sierra Ventures. He is also a past President of the Churchill Club, a Silicon Valley-based business and technology forum. Nasr received his BA in Communication Studies from UCLA (1984), and his Law Degree with Honors from Pembroke College, Cambridge (1986).

In June of 2007, Nasr became a Certified Sommelier through the London-based Court of Master Sommeliers. And in January 2009 he was appointed Director of Wine Programs in the Wine Division of Silicon Valley Bank. He is an advisor of Quixey, Identified, Video Genie and The Obvious Corporation.

Ron Hose Ron Hose
Advisor

Ron Hose

Advisor

Ron was a Founding Partner at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage venture capital fund. Prior to IE, Ron was the Co-Founder and CTO of TokBox, a consumer video conferencing company serving millions of video minutes daily to customers connecting from around the globe. TokBox is backed by Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Stanford University and some of Silicon Valleys best known angel investors. Ron Holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Cornell University, where he graduated at the top of his class. While at Cornell, Ron was one of the founding members of the autonomous flight team, which received funding from Microsoft and Cornell. Ron is an active investor and adviser to several Silicon Valley start-ups.

Jim Ellis Jim Ellis
Advisor

Jim Ellis

Advisor

Mr. Ellis is a Lecturer in Management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford, Mr. Ellis held a number of positions with both large and small companies. In 1995, Mr. Ellis cofounded Asurion with Kevin Taweel to provide value-added solutions for the wireless communications industry. Previously responsible for Asurion’s sales and marketing efforts, Mr. Ellis is an active member of the company’s board of directors. Mr. Ellis has also held positions as a research associate at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and as a consultant with IMG and Cresap, McCormick, and Paget. He is a member of a number of Boards of Directors including BUILD, Asurion, Service Source Inc., Memento Press, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and Southern California Risk Management Associates. Mr. Ellis holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in economics from Dartmouth College. He is also a recipient of Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Maurice Werdegar Maurice Werdegar
Advisor

Maurice Werdegar

Advisor

Maurice is President and CEO of Western Technology Investment (WTI), a leading venture debt firm and an early investor in Facebook.  His background includes positions as a Venture Partner at Outlook Ventures, and Chief Investment Officer at MetaMarkets, an online mutual fund company.  Previously he founded and served as CEO of Left at Albuquerque, a venture-backed chain of restaurants. Prior to business school, he worked in corporate finance at Robertson Stephens and was a research analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.  He is also an active angel investor in companies including EventBrite, Flixster, GroupMe, Minted, RootMusic, Path, HeyZap, Edmodo, Supyo, RethinkDB, Catch and StarMaker, as well as an LP of several early stage venture funds.  Maurice holds both a BA and MBA from Stanford University.

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Advisor

Michael T. Jones

Advisor

Michael Jones is Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world’’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Michael travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google’s mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search——the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics. A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, he has developed scientific and interactive computer graphics software, held engineering and business executive roles, and is an avid reader, traveler and amateur photographer using a home-built 4 gigapixel camera made with parts from the U2/SR71.