Dinner & Dialogue


 Hosted by top SV Investors

What could be better than a great dinner with a side of stellar conversation?


ICON is excited to blend our 2 favorite things - great food and tech - in a series of intimate & exclusive dinners co-hosted by ICON and Silicon Valley’s top VCs. Each dinner will bring together partners from several VCs with Founders innovating in their areas of interest, focusing on a stimulating topic that is sure to spur a fascinating dialogue.


This intimate dinner setting allows top tier investors and the most innovative Israeli tech founders to connect with one another while holding an open dialogue - and a glass of wine. Each dinner will be carefully curated to match a pre-selected group of founders and relevant VCs, by vertical or stage.


Dinner & Dialogue With SV Investors - Hosted by Eclipse, Meritech & Floodgate

Palo Alto

September 26, 2019

What it takes to move a startup to a company with real revenue

Meet the hosts:

Lior Susan

Lior founded Eclipse Ventures to meet the unique and unmet needs of entrepreneurs building full-stack start-ups: companies integrating hardware with software and data. He is particularly excited to work with founders who want to bring the full-stack approach to legacy industries and build digital bridges to the physical world. Lior believes that complex problems require multidisciplinary solutions, and he likes to partner with audacious founders with big ideas.

Prior to launching Eclipse, Lior was founder and general partner at LabIX, the hardware investment platform of Flextronics. LabIX brings together startups, OEMs, and technology partners across the entire hardware ecosystem. At LabIX, Lior led investments in companies across: energy storage, wireless/infrastructure, 3-D optics, additive manufacturing, and robotics.

Lior also co-founded Farm 2050, an AgTech Collective, with Innovation Endeavors to address the global food challenge. Prior to LabIX, he was part of the founding team of Elementum, Flextronics’ proprietary SaaS platform, which was later spun out. Before moving to Silicon Valley, Lior was a serial entrepreneur in Tel Aviv, where he helped build Intucell, which was sold to Cisco in 2012.

Lior is a (Res) of an elite Special Forces unit in the Israel Defense Force.

Iris Choi is a Partner at Floodgate.  She drives corporate relationships and works closely with portfolio companies on a range of strategic areas, including business development and financings.

Before Floodgate, Iris spent 10 years in investment banking, most recently with Goldman Sachs, focused on mergers and acquisitions. She worked directly with CEOs of leading consumer internet, enterprise software, and digital media companies, including The Walt Disney Company, SanDisk, Sabre Holdings, Yahoo!, and Activision. Before Goldman Sachs, Iris advised broadband service providers on market entry and financing options throughout Europe, and started working in early-stage venture capital in the early 2000s.

Paul Madera is one of the most down to earth and humble people I’ve ever spoken to… Considering the immense level of success in multiple life categories, I initially expected that he would have at least a semblance of an ego.  As you’ll hear, that does not exist within Paul.  What a refreshing and enjoyable conversation on this episode of The Learning Leader Show.

Paul Madera is the founder of Meritech (1999).  Meritech is known as the pioneer of late stage investing. Paul currently focuses on the SaaS, storage, e-commerce, financial technology, digital consumer, and medical device sectors.  In 2005, Paul sat down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and made the decision to invest $10 million to earn 2% of Facebook at the time ($500m valuation).  As most people know, Facebook is now worth hundreds of billions of dollars.  Paul also led the charge for Meritech to be an early investor in Salesforce.com among many other great decisions.

Paul holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and currently serves as the Chairman of the US Air Force Academy Endowment. Previously he flew F 16’s on missions that included dropping bombs on targets and dealing with enemy aircrafts (dogfighting).

Who should register: Israeli Founders of tech startups

Dinner & Dialogue With SV Investors - Hosted by Wing, StageOne & GGVC

Palo Alto

September 24, 2019

How to grow a company in the US market.

Meet the hosts:

Jake Flomenberg is a Partner at Wing and focuses on next-generation infrastructure, enterprise software applications, and security investments. He has led investments in companies including Demisto, Oasis Labs, Radar, Sumo Logic, and Zoomdata and has been actively involved with Streamsets and Trifacta.

Yoav Samet is a Managing Partner at StageOne. An entrepreneur early in his career who later became a Silicon Valley corporate executive and VC, with over two decades of investment experience. Yoav headed Corporate Development at Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), leading the company's M&A and venture investment activities related to about a third of Cisco's business. He oversaw acquisitions valued at over $7 Billion and an investment portfolio valued at $1 Billion. A proud Unit 8200 alumnus.

Oren Yunger is a VP at GGVC. Oren joined GGV Capital in 2018. He is focused on enterprise infrastructure, development tools, and cybersecurity. Prior to GGV, Oren spent more than a decade driving complex processes in the military, large institutions and start-ups, gaining hands-on experience in cybersecurity, cloud computing, IT infrastructure, and product development. In his last role, Oren was the Chief Security Officer at Clicktale, SaaS analytics start-up, and helped the company scale from SMB to some of the world’s leading enterprises. Oren holds a BSc in Computer Science from Tel Aviv College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Who should register: Founders who have raised less than $10m and sell to businesses (B2B, not B2C)

Dinner & Dialogue With SV Investors - Hosted by QUMRA & Sapphire

6:00 pm I The Village Pub

September 24, 2019

What fast growing companies need to know

Meet the hosts:

Boaz Dinte is co-founder and General Partner at Qumra Capital, Israel's pioneer late stage capital fund. With 20+ years of investment experience, Boaz served on the board of the following companies; Exalink (Acquired by Comverse), P-cube (Acquired by Cisco), Dune Networks (Acquired by Broadcom), Aeroscout (Acquired by Stanley Black & Decker), Metalink (IPO), BigBand (IPO), AVT (IPO) and Envara (Acquired by Intel).

At Qumra, Boaz is a Board member at: JFrog, AppsFlyer, Guardicore, Signals Analytics and Minute Media. 

Jai Das is a managing director, president and co-founder at Sapphire Ventures. He invests in startups which he believes are developing ground-breaking products and services, and have embarked on their journey to become a company of consequence. He has more than 15 years of experience helping companies innovate their product and marketing strategies in order to scale and become market leaders. Eleven of Jai’s investments have become publicly traded companies and 9 have been acquired.

Jai is currently a member of the board at JFrog, Catchpoint, DataRobot, , Narrative Science, OpsRamp, Portworx, PubNub, Punchh, Splashtop, Sumo Logic and ThoughtSpot.

Who should register: CEOs of Fast-growing Israeli companies across multiple verticals.

Dinner & Dialogue With SV Investors - Hosted by Group 11 & Innovation Endeavors

6:00 pm I Innovation Endeavors

September 24, 2019

The Data & Fintech Renaissance: A Super Evolution of Industries


Meet the hosts:

Dovi Frances is a financial services entrepreneur and Founding Partner of Group 11. Over the course of his career, Dovi has invested over $130 million in many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent and disruptive financial technology companies. Dovi led the firm’s investments in SoFi, Addepar, Tipalti, TripActions, HomeLight, SunBit, Next Insurance and others. 
Before becoming an investor, he worked for a decade in the financial services industry having managed SG, an independent financial advisory firm to high net worth clients and as a Vice President at Deutsche Bank AG Private Bank (NYSE: DB). 
He currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Tipalti, SunBit, HomeLight, Reali, Lili Bank, EquityBee and Covercy. He is also an Advisor to Addepar, TripActions and is a member of the Advisory Council of Leumi Bank U.S and a member of the Steering Committee of Israel Collaboration Network. 
Dovi earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Business and a BA in Management and Psychology from Ben-Gurion University.

Harpinder (Harpi) Singh is a General Partner at Innovation Endeavors which invests in transformational technology out of offices in Palo Alto, New York and Tel Aviv. He has spent nearly two decades as an entrepreneur building products in mobile, data and deep tech.

Harpi was the co-founder & CEO of Slice, a data science and market insights company that was acquired by Rakuten. Previously, he co-founded and led product at FiberTower, the largest independent provider of backhaul services to major wireless carriers that was acquired by First Avenue Networks.

He is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford GSB. He sits on the boards of Hysolate, OwnBackup, and Equalum. He began his career as a software developer at Oracle and Bull-Honeywell. 

He earned an MBA from Stanford,  MS in CS from Indiana University, and Bachelors in CS from IIT-BHU, India.

Jai is currently a member of the board at JFrog, Catchpoint, DataRobot, , Narrative Science, OpsRamp, Portworx, PubNub, Punchh, Splashtop, Sumo Logic and ThoughtSpot.

Who should register: CEOs of fintech, data, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning startups. Seed $ Series A.

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