Barak Rabinowitz has developed his expertise on three continents: First as a young man on Wall Street, then as a startup founder in London, and now as co-founder of F2 Capital, a venture capital firm in Tel Aviv. Rounding out Barak’s experience is the time he served in an infantry paratroop brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces.
After stints with Morgan Stanley and Yahoo, he co-founded one of the first social gaming companies, Amuso, which was acquired by BBC Worldwide. When he got stressed, he would invest in other startups, eventually becoming a full-time VC. F2 Capital is an Israel-oriented early-stage VC company that invests in deep technology companies at the junction of big data, artificial intelligence, and connectivity, including cybersecurity, digital health, financial services, human resources, insurance, media, real estate, retail, and software infrastructure. These are B2B or B2B2C enterprise software companies with research and development in Israel.
On this episode, Barak shares:
What he looks for in a founder before investing
How he views the most challenging phase of the Entrepreneur’s Wheel of Life
What founders should do within 6-12 months of their liquidity event
Why Israeli technology is unique
His admiration for Americans’ sales and marketing skills