yaron samid, founder, TECHAVIV

Yaron Samid is a serial entrepreneur, CEO and board director with 4 exits. Yaron’s most recent company, BillGuard, pioneered the use of crowdsourcing to save consumers millions of dollars in wrongful charges and over-spending. BillGuard was one of the fastest growing personal finance apps in history before being acquired by Prosper Marketplace in October 2015. BillGuard was backed by some of the world's top investors including BVP, Vinod Khosla, Peter Thiel and Eric Schmidt. Prior to BillGuard, Yaron co-founded p2p content delivery network Pando Networks (Acquired by Microsoft) and DeskSite, and led product management and marketing teams at Zend, BackWeb and Register.com. 

Yaron was a founding board director at CloudLock (Acquired by Cisco) and Pond5, and served as a special advisor to the White House on private sector innovation. An active startup community leader, Yaron founded and runs TechAviv, the global Israeli startup founders club, advises and invests in multiple US, European and Israeli startups and lectures on entrepreneurship at Stanford and Columbia business schools.