Yaron Samid
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about Yaron

I seek base reality. I'm likely to fail so in the meantime I hope to contribute meaningful innovations and value to the world. To this end I invent products and build companies. My latest company, BillGuard (Acquired by Prosper) pioneered the use of crowdsourcing to help people get control of their finances, saving our customers millions of dollars in wrongful charges and over-spending. I co-founded Pando Networks (Acquired by Microsoft) to optimize the Internet and DeskSite Music to connect artists and fans. I've also had a few "real jobs".

I've served as board director at CloudLock (Acquired by Cisco) and Pond5, and had the great honor of advising the White House on private sector innovation. Unreasonable men and women in the arena inspire me and I consider it a privilege to help them. I founded TechAviv, a global startup founders club, to help Israeli startups succeed by harnessing the collective knowledge, experience and networks of founders and investors worldwide. I advise startups and lecture on entrepreneurship at Stanford, Harvard and Columbia business schools.

 
 
 
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Companies

 
 

founder & ceo

BillGuard was a personal finance analytics company best known for pioneering the use of crowdsourcing to help consumers find 10's of millions of dollars in wrongful charges and over-spending on their payment cards. Backed by some of the world's top investors including BVP, Vinod Khosla, Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel, BillGuard developed one of the fastest growing and highest rated personal finance apps in history before being acquired by Prosper Marketplace in Oct 2015.

Founder & CPO/CMO

Pando Networks was the world's leading personal and commercial P2P content delivery company with over 100 million users and several Fortune 500 customers before being acquired by Microsoft. Today every Xbox ships with "Pando Inside" optimizing the delivery of games, video and other rich media. After starting the company out of my apartment in 2004 I designed, managed and marketed our products to exponential growth and profitability before leaving in 2009 to start BillGuard.

 

founder & president

DeskSite is a next-generation digital media company that changed the way fans connect with their favorite artists, sports teams and entertainment brands. By building a network of app-based video entertainment portals, called DeskSites, the company offers both viewers and marketers certain advantages over cloud-based video entertainment portals.

 

founder & organizer

TechAviv is the global Israeli startup founders club, with over 3,000 members worldwide. Founders meet in Israel, New York, Silicon Valley and Boston to showcase, discuss and help fellow Israeli startups. The energy is akin to an informal, spirited board meeting with 150+ peers. We also hold group discussions led by invited VIP panelists and speakers. Our goal is to learn from, inspire and help each other succeed by harnessing our collective knowledge, experience and networks.

 

founding board director

CloudLock’s (Acquired by Cisco) mission is to transform cloud cybersecurity into a people and business enabler. CloudLock’s cloud security fabric is a cloud native CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) which allows enterprises to embrace the cloud as their primary business platform, with better security and compliance than on-premise. The largest customers in the world, trust CloudLock to protect over 10 Million users, over 1 Billion sensitive data objects, and over 100,000 Applications they use every day. 

 

founding board director

Pond5 is transforming the role of video in the creative process by connecting producers, creative directors, and editors to more than 60,000 filmmakers and creators in over 150 countries. The company strives to improve creative production through its innovative artist technology, easy-to-use platform, and ever-growing library of more than 6 million royalty-free video clips, plus millions of, music tracks, sound effects, photos and other leading-edge media.

 

 
 
 
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CONTACT

 

I'm always eager to learn from and help fellow builders. Leave a note below or schedule some time during my office hours.