The leading Israeli tech-innovation conference in Silicon Valley

OCTOBER 10TH, 2018


The Conference

Networking, talks and powerful insights

OCTOBER 10TH, 2018

ICON's Annual Conference is the leading Israel tech-innovation conference in Silicon Valley.

A full day conference with a unique ambiance, celebrating the ICON community and those that make the magic happen. Exclusive and intimate Keynotes, Round Tables and Panel Discussions led by top-notch speakers in the industry, dealing with today's hottest topics. Our attendees are made up of 1/3 Prominent Investors, 1/3 Top Level Corporate Executives and 1/3 Top Tier Israeli Startup Founders. 

About ICON

ICON is a non-profit organization with the mission of creating a community in Silicon Valley for those who are passionate about Israeli Tech and innovation and harnessing the strength of this community to help Israeli startups. Our community includes prominent SV investors, corporate executives and Israeli founders. Our members all share the desire to "pay it forward," helping other community members thrive.


Keynote Speakers

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Safra Catz

CEO of Oracle

Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015. Catz currently serves as a director of The Walt Disney Company.


Aaron Levie

CEO & Co-founder of Box

Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and co-founder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the Board of Directors since April 2005.
Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.


 8:00 am / Breakfast and Registration 


 9:30 am / Opening Keynote 

Aaron Levie, Co-founder & CEO of Box. Moderated by: Oudi Antebi. Co-founder and CEO of Redkix / Facebook


 11:00 am / Coffee Break 


 11:30 am / High Noon Breakout Sessions 


Session 1A / AI. Join top investors and entrepreneurs for a lively debate on the future of AI for startups! Where are the market openings, where can startups play among the Titans, and where is AI still too immature or over-hyped? What are classic pitfalls for the entrepreneur and how can we best avoid them?

Lead by: Y. Dan Rubinstein, CEO of Physera | Jocelyn Goldfein, Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners | Suresh Babu Kolla. Engineering Director at Google | Jake Flomenberg, Partner at Accel Partners


Session 1B / E-COMMERCE. Remaining relevant in a re-imagined retail space – what are some new technologies in the retail space and how can retailers remain relevant in this ever-evolving technological world.  

Lead by: Lee Rotenberg. Co-founder of Ivy.co | Michal Russ. Senior Director Product Management at Walmart Mexico | Oren Zeev, Founding Partner of Zeev Ventures | Michael Scharff, Chief Operating Officer and Board Advisor at Sentient Technologies | Roy Erez, Co-founder and CEO of LOOP.


Session 1C / THE FUTURE OF FINTECH. A Fireside Chat with pioneers of the new Financial Technology sector.

Comprising over 7.5% of US GDP, the financial services industry is only just beginning to be disrupted by new technologies. Over the next decade, SGVC predicts a 30x growth in disruption, where new tech entrants are poised to take significant market share from current legacy incumbents across all sub-sectors of financial services. 

At this meeting of the minds, Dovi Frances, Managing Partner at SGVC will discuss the FinTech revolution with Ilan Twig, Co-Founder and CTO of TripActions, a leading business travel platform, Chen Amit, Co-Founder and CEO of Tipalti, a global payout processing provider, Arad Levertov Co-Founder and CEO of SunBit, a leader in retail point-of-sale financing, Drew Uher Co-Founder and CEO of HomeLight the world's leading marketplace for finding real estate professionals and Yifat Oron, CEO of Leumi Tech, Leumi Group’s high tech subsidiary. 


Session 1D / SECURITY. The only things certain in this world seem to be death, taxes, and new security breaches. Entrepreneurs are rushing to solve security problems with technological point solutions, but does this really solve challenges faced by CISOs and security teams today. What are the opportunities to leverage the security investments being made by companies to cope with existing and emerging threats? On the panel, we will discuss strategies employed by security practitioners to prepare for today’s and tomorrow’s problems. We will also discuss transformational technologies and the confusion surrounding them.

Lead by: Jason Martin. Executive Vice President, Global Engineering & Security Products at FireEye, Inc. | Hilik Kotler. CISO, FICO | Ravi Mhatre.Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners | Slavik Markovich. Co-founder and CEO of Demisto.


Session 1E / SERVERLESS Serverless technologies are the new hotness when it comes to cloud workloads, with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all betting on it and building for it. Serverless has the potential to enable your next startup, and enable its scale. There are also several startups, some Israeli, who have raised funds building the next generation of Serverless technologies. In this roundtable, we will talk about serverless technologies and their potential in the future  

Lead by: Amir Shevat. VP of Developer Experience at Twitch | Moti Rafalin. CEO and Co-founder of vFunction | Ashmeet Sidana. Chief Engineer at Engineering Capital


 12:30 pm / Lunch 


 2:00 pm / Mid-Day Plenary - CLOUD 

Panel Speakers: Arif Janmohamed. Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners | Shlomi Ben Haim. CEO & Co-founder of JFrog Jerry Chen. Partner at Greylock | Meir Amiel, Executive Vice President of Engineering, Sales Cloud at Salesforce | Moderated by Tomer Shiran. Founder and CEO of Dremio


 3:00 pm / Coffee Break 


 3:30 pm / Afternoon Breakout Sessions 


Session 2A / BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES. Crypto and Token economies are changing the world using the revolutionary blockchain technology, creating new opportunities for funding projects or aligning the incentives of the products and business applications participants. It's opening up entirely new avenues for exploration for those with the entrepreneurial spirit. We invite the ICON community to come and learn from a panel of experts in the Blockchain and Crypto/Token economy

Lead by: Brandon Gath. Head of Corporate Development, Kraken | Nick Kritikos. Global Business Development, ConsenSys | Dror Avieli. Managing Director Israel & VP Customer Success at ConsenSys.


Session 2B / IoT SECURITY. IoT Security has emerged as one of the top factors affecting IoT adoption for industrial customers. In this session, we will explore how innovative startups are approaching this opportunity and engaging with end customers. We'll also explore VC industry sentiment in investing in IoT startups.

Lead by:  Amit Chaturvedy. Head - IoT Venture Investments at Cisco Investments | Ang Cui, Ph.D., CEO & Chief Scientist at Red Balloon Security Shahin Farshchi. Partner at Lux Capital Duncan Greatwood. CEO of Xage Security May Wang. Co-founder & CTO of ZingBox.


Session 2C / MARKETPLACES. Marketplaces are Hot Again - What are some of the opportunities in building marketplace startups - what's already happening, what's changing and what's not yet solved. We will also take a deep ride into ride sharing and see what we can learn.

Lead by: Effi Fuks-Leichtag. Director - Consumer Products at Yelp inc | Ran Makavy. EVP, Rideshare Technology at Lyft | James Currier. Managing Partner at NFX


Session 2D / LIFE SCIENCE. Artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies are slowly but surely making their way into the healthcare market. With growing aging populations and increasing cost pressures, providing better clinical outcome is no longer the sole aim of healthcare innovation. In this panel discussion, we will explore how such innovative technologies can help provide better care with greater efficiency.

Lead by: Darren Dworkin. Chief Information Officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System | Guy Katsav. Managing Director, Healthcare Investments at Ganot Capital | Dr. Peter Fitzgerald. Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Triventures | Assaf Shalvi. Founder and CEO of SWIFT SHIFT.


Session 2E / CURRENT FUNDRAISING CLIMATE. Come to hear the perspectives of some of the best early and late-stage investors in Silicon Valley, writing $100,000 to $10B checks. We'll discuss what each is looking to find in a startup, best ways to engage them, what you should expect during the due diligence process, when should you consider venture debt, and what are some of the tips and tricks to navigate through the new financing landscape.

Lead by: Dror Berman, Partner at Innovation Endeavors | Lydia Jett. Consumer Internet Investor at Softbank Vision Fund | Maurice Werdegar. Partner and CEO at WTI | Robert Siegel. Partner at XSeed Capital | Saar Gur, General Partner at CRV


 4:30 pm / Coffee Break 


 4:45 / Closing Keynote 

Safra Catz. CEO of Oracle


 5:45 / Cocktail Reception 

Sponsored by: Leumi Tech




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Past Speakers

Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Noam Bardin

Noam Bardin

Chief Waizer

Sean Rad

Sean Rad

Founder & Chairman of Tinder

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

President, YC Group

Jeff Weiner

Jeff Weiner

CEO of LinkedIn

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Founding Partner of WndrCo LLC. Former CEO of DreamWorks Animation

Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki

CEO of Youtube

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