Global From Asia Episode 3: What Hong Kong can Learn from the Israel Startup Scene with Jon Medved

8th November 2017


Mike interviews Jonathan Medved a serial entrepreneur and an amazing speaker from Israel and all around fun guy to chat with! He gives some real advice about how startup communities form, join in together to support each other – and how Israel has become Number 2 in producing innovation after Silicon Valley!

About Jonathan Medved, Founder and CEO, OurCrowd

Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to theWashington Post (2007) “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. In the 2008 New York Times supplement “Israel at 60” he was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel. Jon is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, a new Israeli crowdfunding platform for accredited investors which according to Forbes (August 2013) is “one of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet”. OurCrowd has raised over US$20 million for 26 portfolio companies since its launch in February 2013.

Between 2006-2012, he was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo (Nasdaq:VRNG) bringing it public in 2010. Between 1995-2006 he was the co-founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel’s leading venture capital funds with US$262 million under management. He was also a co-founder and Executive Vice President at Meret Optical Communications, Inc., a fibre optics pioneer acquired by the Amoco Corporation in 1990, and Accent Software, which went public on Nasdaq. Jon serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and on the Board of Governors of the Jerusalem College of Technology.

Topics Covered in this Episode

  • Intro Jon Medved
  • Israel startup scene intro
  • What the Hong Kong startup community can learn from the Israeli startup scene.
  • The startup community is to support other “Delusional” entrepreneurs, encourage each other, and be in it together,
  • Risk acceptance – time on this planet is limited.
  • Government in the way
  • Hong Kong being known for logistics and financial
  • What do you look for in a startup
  • How mini-mergers in private startups happen, and teams combine. Growing big and not worrying about dilution.
  • Where to base your startup. Where you feel comfortable. Where you can build your startup team.

People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Jon’s Latest venture: OurCrowd.comFiddler on the RoofTweet out to Jonathan Medved – @jonmedvedHong Kong’s Venture ForumEva Chan – Manager of Public Relations at

This was originally posted on Global From Asia and re-distributed here on Hardware Massive.

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