Managing Partner, Americas
What sparked your interest in technology?
I grew up in Israel and was fortunate to be selected while in elementary school to study astrophysics and computer programming at Technion (Israel’s MIT). That experience changed my life. I’ve been interested in technology ever since, ultimately advising clients such as Apple and SoftBank Group as a partner in Goldman Sachs’s Technology, Telecom, and Media group. Now I see technology as pivotal to understanding the world my children will inherit and enjoy helping shape that future as a managing partner at the Vision Fund.
What do you see as the true potential of technology?
Technology, and especially the emerging field of artificial intelligence, can solve problems that weren’t solvable previously, and improve the human condition as a result. The disruption we are witnessing in transportation is a good example. The advent of the smartphone enabled the creation of ride-sharing networks. The addition of electric propulsion and the layering of AI-based autonomous driving technology will result in the creation of cost-effective, safe, environmentally friendly transportation networks. I believe millions of lives will be saved annually, and billions of lives improved dramatically.
These diverse experiences have given me valuable perspective on the opportunities ahead and the cultural differences that drive various outcomes around the world.
What shaped the perspective that you bring to your work?
I’ve had a real diversity of experiences in my life, growing up in Israel, serving in the military, moving to the United States as an immigrant, and working in global investment banking with clients on all continents. These diverse experiences have given me valuable perspective on the opportunities ahead and the cultural differences that drive various outcomes around the world.
Importantly, I believe one of the keys to building a successful investment firm is to fill it with a diverse talent base. We look for team members, founders, and partners who don’t fit into a single mold or template.
What’s your favorite thing about working with founders?
Their infinite optimism. We are helping people pursue huge dreams by shouldering some of their risk and connecting them to more resources globally. We’re helping them make their ambitions even bigger than they already are, and that helps them see ways to get where they’re going faster and more successfully. And that in turn makes them even more optimistic. It’s this beautiful positive cycle. It’s contagious. We love the energy and innovation they bring, and we love being able to support that with our capital, ideas, and relationships. Our approach is very unique.
Is there a technology trend that you’re currently watching?
AI and its specific application in self-driving cars is a huge focus for us. I believe we are nearing the day where machines will drive better than humans. This will unlock huge end-market opportunities, not just in the ride-sharing world we already participate in, but also in the last-mile and long-haul transportation of goods. It’s a huge disruptive opportunity unlocking a massive end market.
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