Olive Tree Ventures
Amir has an interest in building new large-potential businesses by applying interdisciplinary solutions to challenge current business' status-quo. Amir has particular interest in the areas of mobile, cloud computing, user experience, and geo-specific user behavior. He has a broad business and entrepreneur network in Asia, Europe, and the US.
Amir recently co-founded Olive Tree Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm looking to invest in entrepreneurs who make significant impact on people's life, in particular in the enterprise and digital health arenas.
Previously, Amir co-founded Round A Capital and before that he headed the global business ventures group for Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), a global leader of telecommunication hardware, software and services. In this role, he led the internal incubation (startups@nsn) program, external startup and VC business partnerships, and building new growth domains for the company.
Prior to Nokia Siemens Networks, Amir was co-founder of Atrica, a networking company that was acquired by NSN, as well as a co-founder of Dyyno, a real-time peer-to-peer video company. Earlier Amir had business and marketing roles with 3Com and engineering roles with Telrad/Nortel.
As an individual, Amir is an advisor to several startup companies in the areas of mobile services, network technology and cloud solutions. He holds 11 patents in the areas of networking architecture, applications, and protocols.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Amir holds MBA and engineering degrees from Tel-Aviv University and has completed additional studies at Stanford University. Amir is passionate about new technology, challenging the norm, outdoor activities and spending time with the family when not traveling.
Amir grew up in Israel, is fluent in English and Hebrew, and lived for 11 years in Silicon Valley before moving back to Israel.
As a member of Class 15, Amir served his fellowship at Nokia Siemens Networks under the mentorship of John Gardner.