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Gil Canaani

Hearst Ventures

Highly passionate about technology, innovation, and venture capital investments, Gil enjoys working together with early-stage entrepreneurs to help build and grow successful high-tech companies. Gil joined Hearst Ventures in 2016. Gil is the Managing Director of Hearst Ventures in Israel, directing all of the firm's investments in the country; he is based in Tel-Aviv. The firm is the corporate venture capital arm of the Hearst publishing and media organization, with over $1 billion invested in companies operating at the intersection of media and technology.

Gil comes to Hearst after spending two years at 2B Angels, where he was focused on new investments in the areas of enterprise software and mobile platforms. Before that, he worked at Canaan Partners, where he was part of the global tech investment team, focused on the firm's Israel Investments. While at the firm Gil took a leading part in two early-stage investments, CallMyName and ViewBix.

Prior to joining Canaan, Gil was the Vice President of Business Development and co-founder of a mobile travel services startup. Previously, Gil held several positions at AudioCodes (Nasdaq: AUDC) in the marketing and research & development departments. In his most recent role as Marketing Project Manager, he led offshore product development, new joint ventures, and product launch. His understanding of technology is rooted in his service as pat of an elite technological unit of the Inteligence Corps in the Israel Defense Forces.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Gil earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in computer sciences from Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College.

Gil serves at the Managing Director of the Young Venture Capitalists Forum (YVCF) in Israel. He is an Advisory Board Member at StartHub, the Tel-Aviv Academic College entrepreneurship accelerator. Gil is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at BizTech, 3DS, StartTAU, 8200 EISP, and StartHub.

As a member of Class 17, Gil served his fellowship at Canaan Partners under the mentorship of General Partners Izhar Shay and Brent Ahrens (Class 5).