Investor Yossi Vardi is godfather to more than 40 startups, mostly in the jumping Israeli high-tech sector. He's a legendary community-builder, connector and prankster.

Why you should listen

Joseph "Yossi" Vardi has helped more than 40 startups see the light of day, among them Mirabilis (makers of ICQ) and the video companies Scopus and BrightCove. He's a strategic advisor to Amazon and AOL, and a venture partner of Pitango, one of Israel's largest VC funds.

He's a lively presence in the world of tech startups, with an absurd sense of humor and a refreshing set of values (restated in a much-commented-on TechCrunch post in October) that drive his approach to new investments. The takeaways: Judge the individual over the business plan; and don't shy away from an entrepreneur who has failed before: "It makes them want to win even more," he said.

What others say

“One way to get to know Yossi is through his portfolio. Here´s a list of the companies he´s invested with: they include Ilcu, Foxytunes, Gteko, recently sold to Microsoft, Fixya, a very clever customer support web 2.0 site, AtlasCT, a competitor to Google Maps, and Fring, competitor to Gizmo Project or Truphone.” — martinvarsavsky.net

Yossi Vardi’s TED talks

Yossi Vardi on the TED Blog

Architecture

Building on the green agenda: Sir Norman Foster on TED.com

March 24, 2008

From the DLD Conference in Munich: Architect Norman Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and “basically pollution-free.” He shares projects from throughout his career, from the pioneering roof-gardened Willis Building (1975) to the London Gherkin (2004). He also comments on two upcoming megaprojects: […]

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The "dangers" of blogging: Yossi Vardi on TED.com

January 4, 2008

Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a careful lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, um, for men. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 6:15.) Watch Yossi Vardi’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances. Read more about Yossi Vardi on TED.com.

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