Board of Directors

Howard Edelstein

Chairman & CEO

Howard Edelstein is an accomplished corporate executive, serial entrepreneur, and investor in the financial technology industry. He was founder, president and CEO of Thomson Electronic Settlements Group (now Omgeo), CEO of BT Radianz, NYFIX and BondDesk Group. In the private equity space, he was entrepreneur-in-residence for Warburg Pincus and was later an operating partner of Advent International. In 2008, Edelstein was named one of the “15 Who Made a Difference” in the 15th Anniversary issue of Waters Magazine. The next year, Edelstein received Global Custodian’s Legends Award for industry contributions and innovations. In 2010, Edelstein received the FINTECH 25-Year Legends Award for industry contributions and innovations. Institutional Investor Magazine named him to its 2013 "Trading Tech 40" list and to its Fintech Finance 35 ranking of industry financiers in 2015.

Avi Turgeman

Founder, CTO & Vice President of Business Development

Avi is a founder of BioCatch, and comes with over six years of experience in the military intelligence (unit 8200) as a researcher, inventor and R&D team leader. During his military service Avi became well versed in white-hat hacking, system vulnerability management, network surveillance, data mining and electronic signatures. Prior to BioCatch Avi worked in the electro-optic industry as a senior researcher. He is also the Co-Founder of VocalZoom, and was the Co-Founder & CEO of Tapingo.

Bruce Taragin

Managing Director at Blumberg Capital

Bruce is a Managing Director at Blumberg Capital. He has 23 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment and corporate attorney. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital in 1998, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht Quist, Mayer Brown Platt and Bankers Trust Company. A native of New York, Bruce earned his BA in Finance and Communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and JD from Fordham University.

Ron Stern

General Partner at Our Crowd

Ron has over twelve years' experience working in Growth Equity and Venture Capital investing, predominantly with Israeli related companies. Ron was a seven year partner with Shamrock (Disney) where he built the Israeli investing team and facilitated four IPO's of Shamrock's portfolio companies. Ron later served as a scout for Kleiner Perkins and was a senior international advisor to the Pritzker Group. Ron's operational experience includes serving as CFO of Adgorithms, an Israel based AI marketing company, which Ron helped take public on the London Stock Exchange, raising over $40 million to the company and its shareholders.

Felix Zilberstein

Managing Partner at JANVEST

Felix is the co-founder and managing partner at JANVEST Capital Partners. Felix has spent the last three decades working in leadership roles in Israel’s Ministry of Defense, IBM, MIRS and Motorola; successfully commercializing technology-based products and services in various U.S., South American and East Asian markets. He has also been the proprietor of a management consulting practice advising technology industry CEOs in Israel, as well as investing in and managing emerging technology companies. As a member of JANVEST Technologies LLC, Felix oversees the firm’s due diligence operations, and in parallel provides portfolio company executives with management and business optimization support. Felix holds a computer science degree from MAMRAM and an MBA from Thames Valley University.

David Assia

Chairman of iAngels

David Assia is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, being one of the pioneers of the vibrant Israeli high tech software industry. David founded multiple global companies and listed them on either NASDAQ or TASE (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange). Today, David is the Chairman of iAngels, a leading crowd funding platform and is actively involved as a lead angel and a director in multiple high tech companies. David runs his family's, privately held, investment company, Nadyr Investments Ltd.

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