Co-founder and General Partner at Viola Ventures
Avi is a Co-founder of the Viola Group, and a Co-founder of Viola Ventures (formerly known as Carmel Ventures). He serves as a General Partner at Viola Ventures and he leads the fund’s FinTech practice. His investment interests include FinTech, Big Data, AI and Software.
Avi began his career as a hi-tech entrepreneur and was a Co-founder and CEO of MINT Technologies. After merging Mint into Oshap, he served as the CFO of Oshap (acquired by SunGard for $220M).
Avi was the first VC investor in Actimize, where he served as an active Chairman from 2001 and until it was sold to NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) in August 2007 for $280 million.
Avi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Payoneer, SundaySky, Personetics, TradAir, Evercompliant, CrediFi, Pagaya and ParallelM.
Avi was a lecturer at the Kellogg Recanati International Executive MBA Program for several years, where he taught the “VC: What’s it all about” course.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT AVI
He’s a basketball fan, loves Jazz music, is an art enthusiast and enjoys reading.
Lived his entire life in Tel Aviv; has an identical twin brother
He’s involved in several educational non-profit organizations: “I serve as a Board Member at The Center for Educational Technology (CET) which is dedicated to the advancement of the education system in Israel and in the Jewish world around the globe. I’m also a Member of the Board of Governors of the Technion, and was a co-founder of Tzeva, a NGO that operates enrichment centers for underprivileged children.
One of his favorite mantras to live/invest by: “It’s all about the people”
Tip to entrepreneurs about his investment strategy: “Think big, go all the way, execute and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.”