BBC News – Yossi Vardi, godfather of Israel’s hi-tech industry
In the past few decades he has invested in and helped build some 80 Israeli start-ups – ranging from software firms to mobile phone and clean technology companies to name a few. Many of them he sold to international tech giants.
He played a part in the creation of Answers.com, invested in software solutions firm Gteko bought by Microsoft in 2006 and the Gifts Project acquired by eBay, in Airlink, Scopus, BrightCove and many others.
At times, Mr Vardi – or simply Yossi, as he wants to be called – may sound only half-serious, but when he talks about in which kind of start-up to invest his money, he certainly means what he says.
Yes, there are a few things driving the rapid rise of the country’s technology sector, not least government money and the army’s specialised high-tech units.
But for Yossi, it has always been about people.
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