Yossi Vardi, formally Joseph "Yossi" Vardi

Vardi, formally Joseph "Yossi" Vardi

Israeli Investor and High-Tech Entrepreneur

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Every major (acquisition) creates a wave of angels and new investors.

The sector as a whole is growing briskly, particularly in the United States where the Nasdaq is well up, and significant funds are invested in hi-tech.

I can say without exaggeration that Israel could not have been built without the Technion... There is a Technion graduate behind practically every highway, desalinization plant, new missile...

These young people are ambitious, they are not afraid to take risks, they want to constantly innovate.

I don't know if this is about grandkids... I do know it's good for Israel, and it's good for the Palestinians.

This is the reason why there are currently about 6,000 startups in Israel. And the nature of the Israeli entrepreneur?who is not afraid and is resourceful, motivated and fast moving?all give us an advantage.

I have had 22 exits and 27 failures. And I can tell you that I wouldn?t have had the exits without the failures.

We are a silent majority, but we will be silent no longer.

If someone has failed, that is not a deficiency for me. I think that he has more motivation. I've seen many examples where someone was successful first and failed later and failed first and then succeeded. If they failed in an honest way, I don't see it as a deficiency.

We hear often of the extremists, but the majority is silent... We believe that most of the people want to get an end to this conflict.

If you are afraid to fail, then you should go and become a banker.

I'm sure this is going to be a very important property for Google... It's just the beginning of this space.

In terms of influence, I believe the group represents a meaningful percentage of the gross domestic product of Israel, and probably a bit more than that in the West Bank.

In the end, I think that people that are not willing to take the risk to fail are not true entrepreneurs.

Israeli tech needs peace and education. It also needs to become more inclusive. These are the sorts of things we should be nurturing.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

More high-tech millionaires have been created from 8200 than from any business school in the country.

Never feel that you're out of the loop, because the loop is you... What you see here, in the Congress Center, is just twenty per cent of the action.

Technology is like a piano. You need to have it to create music but you really need the pianist. The entrepreneur is to technology as the pianist is to the piano.

The growing intolerance in the Israeli society is no less a threat than missiles.

The hi-tech industry is not a monolithic thing. If you look on a timeline of a company, you see that in the beginning, you have to come up with an idea and to be willing to take risk. You have to grow fast, you have to think fast, and you have to do this usually in small teams.

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Israeli Investor and High-Tech Entrepreneur