In the early 2000s, she had served as an adviser to then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak before becoming involved in Israeli venture capital funding for tech enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2015, she and her husband, Eyal Shaked, also a tech investor, decided to move to Silicon Valley to immerse themselves in the tech scene.
And when they made the move, it was on Shaked’s visa.
Shaked appreciated the local professional culture, where people were happy to provide each other with advice, access and connections.
“I felt there was an opportunity that women founders weren’t aware of.
I thought I could easily make it available for them.” Months after arriving, Shaked founded We Act, an organization that brings Israeli women who founded startups on missions to Silicon Valley to meet investors, officials at tech giants like Facebook and Google, and other entrepreneurs.
Shaked is one of several Israeli women — and men — working to advance other Israeli women in the notoriously male world of tech.
Most of these initiatives, from venture capital investment to informal meet-ups, center on the idea that if women can obtain the tools and reach the players they need in the tech world, they will succeed more while inspiring other women entrepreneurs. The only thing going through my head is the word shame.
” asked Shuly Galili, a founding partner of Up West Labs, a venture capital firm that funds Israeli startups looking to expand to Silicon Valley. Is it because there are less role models, where someone can say, ‘So-and-so did it. ’ There needs to be a lot more exposure.” About a fifth of the startups funded by Up West have female founders, compared to 9 percent of startups as a whole, according to a report by the Harvard Business Review. The project allows women entrepreneurs to schedule meetings with experienced Israeli and American tech executives who have reserved slots in their schedule for that purpose.Those sparse statistics also play out at tech conventions, which can be overwhelmingly male. By the morning after the Katz post, 17 people had offered meetings. “Everyone understands there’s a problem and is willing to help,” Zur said.Boaz Katz, a co-founder of Bizzabo, which facilitates tech for large events, posted indignantly on Facebook last week that a tech conference in Israel had nearly no women. Israelis note that mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces, which affords women tech training, may give them a leg up in the field."The thing that made him and the company successful is now causing havoc," Brad Stone, author of The Upstarts, which chronicles category-altering companies such as Uber and Airbnb, says of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.SAN FRANCISCO — When former Uber engineer Susan Fowler went public with sexual harassment and discrimination allegations last month, social media erupted with shock and dismay. Silicon Valley's dirty little secret: women throughout the male-dominated tech sector have stories just like hers.
“They’re strong and will not be intimidated by it, and know their worth.” ICON’s partners include the JCC, various tech and law companies, the Israeli-American Council and the Israeli government’s Economic Mission to the West Coast.