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
Along with more than 18 years of experience partnering with entrepreneurs to build market-defining companies, Scott brings extensive experience working with exchange marketplaces. He previously invested in companies such as IDI Direct Insurance (TASE: IDIN) and The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE; acquired by Euronext). Scott’s past investments also include Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), Anobit Technologies (acquired by Apple), @stake (acquired by Symantec), ITA Software (acquired by Google), Kashya (acquired by EMC), MetroPCS (NYSE: PCS), ProfitLogic (acquired by Oracle), and Sabre (NASDAQ: SABR), among others.
Scott was named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks top venture capitalists from around the world. He graduated with honors from Brandeis University with a BA in international relations and Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.
Scott enjoys tennis, squash, basketball and spending time with his five boys.
General Partner, Co-Founder, Carmel Ventures
Avi Zeevi, a veteran FinTech entrepreneur and investor, is the co-founder of the Viola Group and co-founder and General Partner of Carmel Ventures, a top-tier Israeli venture capital firm.
Avi has a proven track record as an entrepreneur, executive and investor with more than 30 years of experience. In Carmel Ventures Avi’s investment interests include Financial Services, Big Data, SaaS, and Digital Media.
Avi has established an extensive ecosystem in the financial industry through his involvement in several FinTech companies including: MINT Systems, Decalog and Actimize, where he served as an active Chairman from 2001 and until it was sold to NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE). Avi is also a lead investor and chairman of Payoneer, a leader of e-commerce payment services; and an investor in Personetics, a company pioneering an innovative new category of digital consumer banking; TradAir, a provider of front office optimization solutions designed to offer trading solutions; EverCompliant, a provider of merchant-based fraud and cyber risk solutions; and CrediFi, a Big Data platform serving the CRE Finance market.
Avi also leads Carmel FinTech Meetup that runs quarterly events for FinTech entrepreneurs.
Avi’s additional investments include Oversi (acquired by Allot), Clarizen, SundaySky, and CoolaData.
Avi is involved in several educational non-profit organizations.
William F. Zola
Principal, BZ Advisors
Bill 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 served as Managing Director for DMG Information Inc., BlackRock and Thomson Financial throughout his career as an executive manager. In Addition, he acted as Associate for Dorace Street Capital, a mezzanine debt fund, and as Vice Prisdent for State Street Bank.
Since 2009, Bill has acted as the Principal of his independent advisory firm BZ Advisors, LLC. In this capacity Bill’s primary activities include servicing on corporate boards, advising B2B data and analytics and information services companies and boards around growth strategies and transactions, and advising private equity, venture capital and hedge/debt funds on portfolio company management and investment ideas/transactions.
In his experience serving on corporate boards, Bill was the chairman of Trepp, LLC., an analytics and technology provider for the CMBS, commercial real estate and banking markets.