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J-Ventures LPs and portfolio companies take the stage

Dec 6th

Virtual Event from

Silicon Valley and In person Hanukkah Party in Atherton  


2nd Annual LP  Meeting 

Dec. 6, 2021

Tikun Olam -  J-Ventures LPs and Portfolio creating a better world. Today, they take the stage. 

Dec. 6, 2021 Agenda (detailed below)

8:00am PST

Virtual LP-only Annual Event

9:30am PST

Virtual Annual Conference from Silicon Valley - Impact Investments 

6:00pm PST

In person Hanukkah Party

in Atherton  


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Media Partner

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Portfolio Companies

J-Ventures Portfolio (Fund I+II)

Cyber, AI, Healthcare IT, Insuretech, Agtech, Cloud, Mobility, Fintech. Changing the world in every industry. 

Adi Wallach

Co-Founder and CEO at Dendro Technologies (CalmiGo)

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(All J-Ventures LPs/Portfolio)


Laura Lauder

Lauder Partners. Co-founded

the Socrates Program of the

Aspen Institute. Former Chair of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco, with over $2 billion in assets. Board of Social Finance, which facilitates impact investing. Past board of the National Public Radio Foundation and Spark Networks parent company of JDate. Co founder and Board member of Shomrim, Center for Media and Democracy in Israel, And serves on the board of : Jim Joseph foundation, Ronald S. Lauder foundation. 

A founding member of J-Ventures and Chairwomen of J-Ventures foundation and non profit activities. 


Sir Ronald Cohen

Chairman of The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures and founder of Apax Partners, and is the founding Chair of Big Society Capital, Britan’s first social investment bank. Sir Cohen was Described as "the father of British venture capital" and "the father of social investment". Sir Cohen invested over the years in companies like AOL, Virgin Radio, WaterStone, PPL Therapeutics, was one of the founders of Easdaq, and was the Chairman of the Social investment Task Force.   He is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers


Lior Ron

Head of Uber Freight and part of Uber management, Co founder Otto, Former Special advisor to Google, CVP Motorolla Mobility, Google Maps Product Lead. Lior served in the Israel Defense Forces from 1997 to 2004.

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Neil Schloss

Former CFO, Ford Mobility and Controller of Ford Motors. Director, Karamba Securities, Phantom Auto and BNP Paribas USA Inc.

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Dganit Vered

CEO, Smart Agro Fund. Investor, board member, business leader and mentor. Senior management experience with Intel, Perrigo and Hazera in innovation, engineering, R&D, operations and projects. Pivoted to the startups arena of Agritech and Foodtech, to make an impact through technology, as an investor, Venture partner, Chairperson and advisor.


Dr. Gal Yarden

Co-founder & CTO of AgChimedes Group,
an Israeli companies cluster focusing on Reinforcing Food Security. Gal has over 25 year’s experience as serial entrepreneur, executive and investments leader in the Ag-Bio-Tech & food industry. In his last role with Monsanto / Bayer (2011-2019) as prospector for Biotech, established the Open Innovation Platform. He owns directly or via 3 VC’s partnership a portfolio of early-stage and mid-size Companies. 

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Ofir Azury

A technology and impact investor. Head of Technology Investments at Gandyr Investment Group, focusing on early stage start-ups Some of its portfolio ventures includes unicorns as Yotpo and Mobileye 
He is a founding partner at Gooday Investment Company, A direct Technology and Impact Investments. He is actively promoting and supporting new ESG and Impact Investments models and vehicles, such as Social Impact Bonds. He is a founding member of the IFIE (The Israeli Forum for Impact Economy) and a member at the BRI (Business Round Table Israel). 

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Rami Lipman

One of the prominent angel investors in Israel, involved in hands-on investments, strategic mentoring and business development for leading Israeli startups. He held several board and advisory member positions in several public and private companies. He is also known as a social entrepreneur, involved in social initiatives as Tovanot B'Hinuch (literally translated as Insights in Education) in Fidel, and other worthy social initiatives. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lipman served as the founder of Powerpaper, as business development and marketing manager at ELOP and as an investor director at Top Image Systems.

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Vannesa Bartram

Managing Partner and founder of Zora, Israel’s leading impact tech portfolio. Former investment banker in Mexico City with KPMG Corporate Finance, providing sell-side advisory and restructuring services to mid-market companies. She later founded the Miami HR company WorkSquare, which she grew to $25+ million in revenue. Vanessa was also the Founding Board Member of LAVAN, a network of impact investors inspired by Jewish learning in their pursuit of social and environmental change. She holds an MBA from Harvard, a BA from Princeton University, and is a Heritage Fellow with the Wexner Foundation.


Yoel Cheshin

A tech investor and a philanthropist, Yoel is the Chairman & Founder of 2B group, an investment vehicle in start ups and social impact who believe in a corporate world where social and enterprise interests are fused to maximize financial gain. His investments are along an extensive philanthropic activity. He is a member of the Kauffman Foundation and MAOZ Network, serves on the board of trustees of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Foundation and is the Founder & Chairman of the Business Roundtable Israel.

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David Arfin

Created SolarLease product (At SolarCity (as A VP) , Founder/ CEO of NineDot and First Energy Finance. David has a BA in Political Science from UCLA, an MA in Public Policy Analysis from the Claremont Graduate University, and an MBA from Stanford University. He was a Coro Fellow, graduated from the Wexner Heritage Program, and was Board President of the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, California. He is on the Board of the Friends of the Arava Environmental Institute for Environmental Studies and is a Member of the Cleantech Leaders Roundtable.


Josh Richman

Chief Revenue Officer for PsiQuantum, a leading quantum computing company based in Palo Alto, CA. A Lecturer in Management at Stanford GSB teaching “Energy: Innovation, Policy and Business Strategy.” Josh spent over 15 years working in clean energy as VP of Global Business Development and Policy for Bloom Energy, and Greenrock Capital, a private equity fund focused exclusively on clean energy investments. He spent six years working on national Congressional and Presidential political campaigns, most prominently serving as Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s political director. 


Jon Shulkin

Partner and Co -President Valor Equity Partners. 

a Partner and Co-President of Valor and the Fund Manager for Valor Siren Ventures (VSV). He serves as a member of all Valor Investment Committees. Jon has over 20 years of experience in private equity investing. Jon oversees Valor’s Growth Fund Operations team and Valor’s finance function.

Over the years, Jon has focused on investment opportunities in the food and retail technology sectors. Jon began this focus with Valor’s 2006 acquisition of Sizzling Platter. Currently, Jon is a Director of several Valor growth fund and VSV portfolio companies, including Gopuff, Misfits Market, Fooda, Wow Bao, and Atmosphere.

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Donald Meltzer

Lifelong investment banker and mergers & acquisitions adviser, headed global and European M&A for Credit Suisse and investment banking for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Cowen & Company. Most recently headed and reinvigorated global M&A business at Rabobank (2015-2019). Currently Vice Chair of Board of HMTX Industries (major player in the home improvement and flooring industries) and Founding Partner of Meadowcroft Partners (strategic business consulting for privately-held companies). He is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Chair the Legal/Audit Committee of the Board of Maimonides Medical Center


Dr. Jessica Green

Founder, CEO, Phylagen


Calanit Valfer

Calanit Valfer is co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Elah Fund.  Previously, she founded Nexus Israel, a strategic advisory firm for investors/owners and CEOs focused on business growth optimization 
She was Chief of Staff for the Chairman of Bank Hapoalim and Senior Aide to the Head of Global Private Banking at Bank Hapoalim. She was a management consultant with Greenwich Associates. She also was the Founder of the Nisan Young Women Leaders and other social venture initiatives. Calanit received her BA, MIA (Honors) and MBA from Columbia University



Dr. Adam de la Zerda

Founder, CEO, Visby Medical

Associate Professors, Structural Biology and (by courtesy) Electrical Engineering, Stanford University


Amit Haller

Amit Haller is the CEO and Co-Founder of Veev Group, Inc., and Chairman and Founder of  Reali, Inc., a real-estate brokerage company. Previously, Amit served as Co Founder & CEO of IXI Mobile (IXMO) Inc., a public company. Was a Director at Texas Instruments, Founder/  CEO of Butterfly Communications.

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Omer Davidi


Founder and CEO, Beehero. A serial


Adi Wallach

Co-Founder and CEO, Calmigo (Dendro Technologies)

Jeff Cole

Founder and CEO of Hidden Level. Former Director at Gryphon Sensors. 

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Aaron Tartakovsky

Co-Founder and CEO of Epic Cleantech


Oded Kraft

Co-Founder and CEO of GrayMatters. Former VP at Kornit and Medingo - Roche

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J-Ventures Moderating Team

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Jim Koshland

Co-Founder and Chairman, J-Ventures. Past Partner, DLA Piper, Board: Levi's, Launch Media. Investor in PlayStudios (Nasdaq). LP in Sequoia, August capital, Maven. Past president of the Jewish Federation in SF, Current Chairman of Berkeley Foundation ($4.8B), Strategic Council for the Dean of the Stanford Law School; and on the Board of Trustees, University of California Berkeley Foundation.

Oded Hermoni

Managing General Partner, Co-founder J-Ventures. Past Partner at Rhodium and Coin Ventures, Head of IATI, VP @CP, Founder of TopIdea (YellowPages Group). Co-Founder and Board member- Shomrim, Board member, JFCS, Forward association. Wexner Alumni

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Nilesh Trivedi

Principal Investor, J-Ventures, Founder and Managing Partner at Summation VC

Eran Sandhaus

Managing Director,  J-Impact NextGear, Advisor Target Global, EIR at PlugNPlay. Former VP & GM at Aptiv, Cypress, Qualcomm, TI.

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Michael Matias

J-Ventures, Venture Partner. Forbes 30/30, 20 min Leaders



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Pacific Time Zone

DEC 6 2021

8:00 - 9:15 am PT

Closed LP Meeting - updates about the fund, The Kibbutz, where we are heading - with:

  • Oded Hermoni, General Founding Partner at J-Ventures

  • Jim Koshland, Chairman and Founding Partner at J-Ventures

  • Nilesh Trivedi - Principal and Head of Deal Flow Process

9:15 - 9:25 am

9:25 - 9:30 am

Launching J-IMPACT: Eran Sandhaus, Managing Partner of J-IMPACT, J-Ventures first Tikun Olam fund and Oded Hermoni- About the fund

Closing remarks and Q&A

9:30 - 10:15


Panel- From Zion torah will be spread- The Impact wave in Israel:

  • Calanit Valfer, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Elah Fund

  • Ofir Azury, Gandyr Investments

  • Rami Lipman, Investor and Philanthropist 

  • Yoel Cheshin, 2BAngels, Investor and Philanthropist 

  • Vanessa Bartram, Managing Partner and Founder at Zora


Breakout Rooms


Track 1 -Changing the world- Agtech/ Food (Zoom:

  • Dganit Vered, CEO,Smart Agro fund

  • Dr. Gal Yarden, Co-founder & CTO of AgChimedes Group

  • Donald Meltzer, Vice Chair of Board of HMTX Industries, Former Head of M&A

Track 2 - Changing the world- ClimateTech

  • Lior Ron, Head of Uber Fright and part of Uber management, Co founder Otto,

  • Neil Schloss, former CFO of Ford Mobility, Controller of Ford Motors. 

  • Josh Richman, CRO, PsiQuantum, A Lecturer in Management at Stanford GSB teaching “Energy: Innovation, Policy and Business Strategy.

  • David Arfin, Created SolarLease product (At SolarCity (as A VP) , Founder/ CEO of NineDot and First Energy Finance.


J-Ventures Portfolio - Changing the world (recorded interviews of 6 min each) with:

  • Adam de la Zerda, Founder/ CEO of Visby Medical, A handheld, no lab diagnosgtics PCR device for STD, Covid-19 and others

  • Omer Davidi, Co founder/ CEO of Beehero. 

  • Amit Haller,  Founder/ CEO of VEEV, Prefab housing - The "Tesla of homes". 

  • Aaron Tartakovsky, CEO/ Co Founder of Epic Cleantec- Re use of Gray Water in Buildings

  • Adi Wallach, CEO/ Co Founder, Calmigo - Non drug based calming device , reducing anxiety

  • Dr. Jessica Green, CEO/ Co Founder of Phylagen, building the largest Microbial data base enabling Healthy Buildings

  • Oded Kraft, CEO/ Founder of GrayMatters, a new approach for mental disorders. 

  • Jeff Cole, CEO/ Co-founder of Hidden Level- A virtual control tower for the last mile aviation 

11:15- 12:00

Parallel - Breakout rooms 


Live Keynote speakers - Two inspiring impact investors:  Sir Ronald Cohen and Laura Lauder in 1-on-1 discussion about Impact and leadership+ Q&A

13:00- 14:00

 Breakout rooms 

6:00 Pm PT

In Person! J-Ventures Traditional Hanukkah Party hosted by Laura and Gary Lauder, Atherton, CA with 200 of J-Ventures Kibbutz members. 





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