Speakers Yori Nelken
General Partner, OurCrowd First
Yori Nelken is an 8200 alumni, a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor bringing to OurCrowd First over 18 years of leadership experience driving startup companies from concept to success.
Yori was the founder and CEO of Banter, a pioneer in natural language processing technologies, where he successfully established the company as a category leader in the call-center space, with the largest US banks - including Wells Fargo and Bank of America - as early customers, until its acquisition by IBM.
After selling Banter in 2004, Yori joined the Mayfield Fund in Silicon Valley as entrepreneur-in-residence, where he provided dealflow and due-diligence support as well as portfolio mentoring.
In 2005, Yori founded TimeBridge - a pre-cloud calendar management assistant - which was an early example of successful viral promotion; TimeBridge drove its corporate user base to millions of users and was eventually acquired by The Merchant Circle (Reply.com).
Yori co-founded Local Sciences, a local data-as-a-service provider, successfully engineering its pivot towards becoming a broad data collection and analysis technology. Local Sciences quickly became the largest local database for service businesses in the health & beauty and automotive verticals, providing data to Yellowpages.com, Groupon and other industry leaders.
With his deep experience building businesses from the ground up and through their acquisitions, Yori has emerged as a highly sought-after CEO coach, mentor, advisor and angel investor.