I love the web and always busy in creating and inventing new things, I'm playing with computers since I was 12 years old and never stopped since then
When I was 14 years old our father bought us vic-20, my first computer. My brother Ohad (which today is a Yale Graduate computer science professor) and myself were developing games and apps, later on in 1993 I started to play with the internet and startups. In 1996 - before Google - I developed the first multi-language search engine (English, Hebrew, Russian and Arabic) which was purchased (in 1999) by Netvision Ltd. In 1998 I got a phone call from an Israeli radio station which asserted that "running a web magazine with content on the web must be a fraud" - in those times, publishing news on the web seemed to be strange if you were not a news firm! I sold that magazine later on as well.
Between 2002 and 2003 I authored my three books - Barely-Bear Makes Money, "42 Business Pocket Guide" and "The Water Riddle", in 2006 I moved to New Zealand and did 2 years as a senior business analyst for New Zealand Parliament. Since then I initiated a couple of startups as listed in my portfoilo page, and mentored many others especially in the technology and AI space.
I was just 12 years old attending a Technion course for PL1 - it took me a year to write this simple code that averaged two input numbers
After getting my first Vic-20 and learning it, I authored technical magazine articles for what used to be the top popular Israeli computers magazine.
In 1991 I got a recognition letter from the IDF's head of intelligence (this is the top intelligence office in IDF, responsible on 8200 and all IDF intelligence activity) for finding a deep security vulnerability in their systems
I built the first HTML website ss a young Unix sys-admin for the physics department at the Technion, it was ugly and rough but it was on the World Wide Web!
Pagaz ("rocket" in Hebrew) was the first multi-language search engine globally, later on in 1999 sold to Netvision Ltd which rebranded it as NANA.
I invented the "Strauss-MSN" project and was an executive board member of that ambitious campaign which engaged each and every Israeli citizen
In 2004 I sold my internet development company Yodfat Communication and authored three books: "42", "The Water Riddle" and Barely-Bear Makes Money which turned into a bestsller by the unique marketing scheme that I invented.
I finished two years of service as a senior business analyst for the New Zealand Parliament and appeared in the book "100 years of Parliment History"
As my social media experiments gained huge success, Facebook shut down PalRobot as part of their API rules changes, this incident changed my strategy, I no more rely on monopolies like Facebook and Google
In August 2019 while in a startups mentoring trip to Israel and Russia, I founded Facenition - smart analytics for retail powered by face recognition and AI
The following interests can help us focus in our discussions, if you contact me please note that I usually don't have a lot of time to things outside of this list
Strategic planning and consulting, to the levels of CXO (CEO, CTO, CMO) for small to medium innovative / technology companies
I'm interested in contracting and virtual/remote CTO roles for medium to large technological projects in the web/apps space
I get excited with new ideas that involve high-end technological web/apps/SaaS startups that has got strong teams and focus
As director of iBronto Digital, I'm interested in medium to large ($20k+) challenging web/apps development projects
I love meeting new open-minded people, we can start to speak online and as I travel a lot, we can later on meet for coffee
Are you a serious and focused person with a new idea, an existing startup company which needs help or a sophisticated web development project that requires high skills?
If you contact our group for investment options, please refer to the following table of how we asses investment options with startups: