After investing in dozens of Israeli startups that launched, scaled and set up their headquarters in the US, we have seen first-hand how founders planned and executed their US market strategy. Join us as we share the best practices and lessons learned from six years of helping Israeli founders break into the US market and raise over $400M.
This session will cover what works, what to avoid, and what American customers, partners, and investors actually care about. (Hint: it's not your military background...)
Topics will include:
- How and when to find US-based customers and partners while still operating out of Israel
- How Israeli startups should go about raising capital from US-based investors. Do you even need to?
- Should you set up a US office? And If so, when and where?
- Mistakes you can avoid if splitting your team between Israel and the US
* About Gil Ben-Artzy
Gil co-founded UpWest Labs in 2012, opening up the firm’s Silicon Valley Office. Previously, Gil was the VP of Operations Management at Yahoo! for two years after working with the Corporate Development group for four years. He also served as a consultant advising Fortune 500 companies for the Boston Consulting Group in New York. He holds a BA in Economics & Business Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
* About UpWest Labs
UpWest invests in Israel’s most promising entrepreneurs. Based in Silicon Valley, we have backed dozens of companies and helped them grow through our hands-on approach. UpWest Labs provides the essential ingredients for success: seed funding, proximity and access to markets and capital, a supportive community of talented peers, and a workspace conducive to rapid development and deployment.