What it takes to move a startup to a company with real revenue
Meet the hosts:
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