Yossi Vardi

Godfather of Israeli Hi-Tech Industry, founder of 85+ high-tech firms, DLD co-chairman, IL

Joseph “Yossi” Vardi’s bio would not fit a one-pager. No wonder, he is one of Israel’s first high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 1969, Yossi founded and helped to build over 85 high-tech companies in a variety of fields, among them software, energy, Internet, mobile, electro-optics and water technology. For a long time, he was actively engaged in the public sector, for example acting as an advisor to the Israeli mission to the U.N. Nowadays he keeps spreading the culture of innovation and creativity in Israel and all around the world.

Fun fact: His son Arik is the co-founder of ICQ and wait for it…  Vardi is the co-holder of a patent on instant messaging on telephones. What a gene pool!