Founded in 2005 by Eze Vidra, VC Cafe (www.vccafe.com) is a popular blog on technology and venture capital, dedicated to new Internet products and companies, venture capital funding and deal flow with a spotlight on Israel, the Silicon Wadi. In addition to covering industry news, VC Cafe aims to bring founders valuable resources and thought leadership content. VC Cafe has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, AlwaysOn media and top Israeli media outlets. It has also been ranked as one of the top 50 VC blogs.
Eze Vidra founded VC Cafe in 2005 to extinguish the notion that there are too many Dollar bills chasing too few ideas by providing visibility to Israeli startups. What started as a hobby quickly grew to include the VC Cafe Network, a 17,000+ member group on LinkedIn and the Startup Roundtable meetup, a series of successful events for investors and founders in London, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. Since inception, VC Cafe has covered hundreds of early stage start-ups, interviewed dozens of CEOs and VCs.
My unofficial bio (updated July 2014):
Eze Vidra is an experienced product manager and startup investor and advisor. Previously, he was a General Partner at Google Ventures (GV) Europe and led the fund’s first investment outside of the US (Kobalt Music Group). Before joining Google Ventures, Eze was the head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe and the founding Head of Campus London, Google’s first physical space for technology startups in London. Campus offers early stage startups work and event space, as well as access to an active community and mentorship programs. Before launching Campus, Eze spearheaded many of Google’s strategic partnerships in Commerce across EMEA, including the launch of Google Shopping in Spain and Local Shopping in the UK. Before joining Google, Eze held leadership positions in product management at Shopping.com in Israel, Gerson Lehrman Group in New York, Ask.com in Silicon Valley and at AOL in London, where he was the Principal Product Manager for Search for Europe.
An Entrepreneur, Eze co-founded a mobile startup in Israel, developing text-input technology for mobiles in 2003, his widely-read blog, VC Cafe, on startups and venture capital in 2005, as well as Techbikers, a non-for-profit initiative for the startup community, which raised more than £100,000 for Room to Read through cycling challenges. He is a trustee of Up Europe and serves on the advisory board of BBC Labs. Eze was recognized in the Evening Standard’s top 1000 lists for 2012 and 2013, Silicon 60, Tech City News top 25 and received the Tech City News International Hall of Fame award. Eze holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA in Business and IT Management with distinction from IDC in Israel. He lives in London with his family.
Eze mentors and participates in various professional organizations in New York, London and Silicon Valley including SeedCamp, Bethnal Green Ventures, Oxygen, Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine, Entrepreneur First. He’s a frequent public speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship.
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