About the Engine
powering CRE finance
Commercial real estate is a multi-trillion dollar market. Yet this major segment of the financial industry remains opaque,
with data-driven information about the real estate market coming from a variety of different sources
instead of being centralized in one place.
We think the commercial real estate industry deserves more.
CrediFi is a commercial real estate data provider that leverages 200 billion data points to bring transparency
to the financing of balance-sheet and securitized loans backed by commercial properties across the U.S.
CrediFi was founded in 2014 by Battery Ventures and CrediFi CEO Ely Razin.
To date, CrediFi has raised $29 million from investors including Battery Ventures, Viola Ventures (formerly know as Carmel Ventures), OurCrowd, Stax, Liberty Interactive’s Liberty Israel Venture Fund, Maverick Ventures and 31 VENTURES Global Innovation Fund,
a CVC fund managed by Global Brain for Tokyo-based real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan.
CrediFi has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg and Forbes,
as well as CRE industry publications such as The Real Deal and Commercial Observer.
Board of Directors
Liberty Israel Venture Fund
Motti Lichtenstein is a member of Liberty Israel Venture Fund, LLC (“Liberty Israel”), a subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB, LVNTA, LVNTB). Liberty Israel invests primarily in Israeli technology startup companies. Liberty Israel focuses on a broad range of technology applications relevant to the media and telecommunications industry. Recent investments include companies focused on cybersecurity,
e-commerce, the Internet of Things, satellite and the connected car.
CEO, Stax Inc.
Rafi Musher is the founder and CEO of Stax Inc., a global strategic consultancy. Rafi leads Stax’s corporate management consulting and private equity engagements and has worked with more than 100 equity sponsors – including LBO, growth equity, venture and distressed – to identify opportunities that create value through organic growth, operational improvements or M&A. In 2011, Rafi founded the Stax Development Corporation (Dev Corp), which is designed to create joint and independent for-profit ventures that achieve sustainable, positive social impact. Rafi is founder and chairman of Israel & Co., chairman of the board at the Bronx Lab School and a member of the blue-ribbon advisory board of Center4, an accelerator for pioneering technology to support the nonprofit sector. Rafi has a BS in communications and advertising from Boston University.
General Partner, Battery Ventures
General Partner and Co-founder, Viola Ventures (formerly known as Carmel Ventures)
Avi Zeevi is a co-founder of the Viola Group and of Viola Ventures (formerly known as Carmel Ventures). He serves as a general partner at Viola Ventures and leads the fund’s fintech practice. His investment interests include fintech, big data, AI and software. Avi has established an extensive ecosystem in the financial industry through his involvement in several fintech companies, including MINT Technologies, Decalog and Actimize, where he served as an active chairman from 2001 until its 2007 acquisition by NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE). Avi serves on the board of directors of Payoneer, SundaySky, Personetics, TradAir, EverCompliant, Pagaya and ParallelM, in addition to CrediFi. Avi has taught a course on venture capital at the Kellogg-Recanati International Executive MBA program and is involved in several educational nonprofit organizations. He serves as a board member for the Center for Educational Technology (CET), which is dedicated to the advancement of the education system in Israel and the Jewish world, and a member of the board of governors of the Technion. He’s also a co-founder of Tzeva, an NGO that operates enrichment centers for underprivileged children.
William F. Zola
Principal, BZ Advisors
William Zola has more than 20 years of executive management experience, with an emphasis on business strategy, M&A and corporate development in the business-to-business data and analytics, information services and software industries. He has expertise in a variety of vertical sectors in the information industry, including financial services and real estate. Bill has served as managing director for DMG Information Inc., BlackRock and Thomson Financial in his career as an executive manager. He has also served as associate for Dorrance Street Capital, a mezzanine debt fund, and as vice president for State Street Bank. Since 2009, Bill has been the principal of his independent advisory firm, BZ Advisors, LLC. In this capacity, Bill’s primary activities include serving on corporate boards; advising B2B companies and boards on growth strategies and transactions; and advising private equity, venture capital and hedge/debt funds on portfolio company management, investment and transactions. Bill is a former chairman of Trepp, an analytics and technology provider for the CMBS, commercial real estate and banking markets.