Tomer Y. Avni
Tomer Y. AvniAssociate
David J. Blumberg
David J. BlumbergFounder and
Managing Partner
Peter Cooney III
Peter Cooney IIIData Analyst
John Fan
John FanAssociate
Steve Gillan
Steve GillanChief Operating Officer &
Chief Financial Officer
Yodfat Harel Buchris
Yodfat Harel BuchrisManaging Director
Gloria Hui
Gloria HuiDirector of Operations
Andrea Meyer
Andrea MeyerHead of Marketing & Communications
Sharona Mizrahi
Sharona MizrahiHR & Recruiting Specialist
Omri Ofir
Omri OfirAssociate
Patrick Steele
Patrick SteeleCIO Advisory Chair
Bruce K. Taragin
Bruce K. TaraginManaging Director
Andrew Van Nest
Andrew Van NestAssociate

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Tomer Y. AvniAssociate

Tomer is an associate at Blumberg Capital, based in Tel Aviv. Tomer connects with entrepreneurs, researches potential new investments, supports portfolio companies and develops emerging investment roadmaps.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Tomer served as a team leader and deputy group manager in the Intelligence Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces. During his tenure, Tomer was awarded excellence awards and led numerous technological research projects. Tomer also worked as a tech consultant with a focus on cybersecurity.

Tomer earned his B.Sc. in mathematics and political science, summa cum laude, from Bar Ilan University, at the age of 19.

David J. BlumbergFounder and
Managing Partner

David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital. David is an authority on early stage investing with decades of experience. He founded Blumberg Capital in the early 1990s and launched its first venture-backed fund in 2001.

Prior to Blumberg Capital, David managed international investments with the Bronfman Family Office, Adler & Co, APAX Partners and at T. Rowe Price. He also launched business development for Check Point Software Technologies as one of its top four executives.

David earned his A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David speaks French and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish.

David serves on the boards of ApesterCredorax, Deep InstinctDoubleVerifyEarnUp, EasyKnockFeeXIntSights, Jassby, Lendio, SigOptSupplyPike, RoamTrulioo and Wunder.

Previous Investments:

Peter Cooney IIIData Analyst

Peter is a data analyst at Blumberg Capital, based in San Francisco. Peter supports the firm’s data initiatives and provides insights on portfolio, fund and investment decisions. He brings experience in data science and financial analysis to the team.

Before joining Blumberg Capital, Peter co-started a new strategy and profitability team at Santander, the second largest bank in Europe, and managed data centralization initiatives with python and SQL. Prior, he supported Santander’s revenue forecasting team as a quantitative analyst responsible for building and stress testing the firm’s macroeconomic financial and statistical models.

Peter holds a B.S. in economics with a double major in finance and management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

John FanAssociate

John is an associate at Blumberg Capital, based in San Francisco. John connects with entrepreneurs, researches potential new investments, supports portfolio companies and develops emerging investment roadmaps.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, John was an engineer at Google where he worked on cloud infrastructure products for Google Cloud Platform. He was also previously a product development engineer at Verizon Terremark. Earlier in his career, John was the technical co-founder for a mobile payments startup in China.

John holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science, economics and electrical and computer engineering, from Duke University.

Steve GillanChief Operating Officer &
Chief Financial Officer

Steve is the chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO) at Blumberg Capital. Based in San Francisco, he brings extensive operating and board experience from his years in venture capital leading high growth startups through acquisitions and IPO preparation, and from his time in senior-level finance and operating positions with publicly traded companies.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Steve served as CFO at Azure Capital Partners and was previously CFO at e-commerce startup Mercantila, CFO/COO at marketing technology company Fathom Online and CFO at e-commerce company Alibris.

Steve serves as a member or observer on the board of directors of Bento for Business and SimplyCredit.

Steve earned his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois.

Yodfat Harel BuchrisManaging Director

Yodfat is a managing director at Blumberg Capital, based in Tel Aviv. Yodfat is an experienced investor and board member with a successful track record in management, business development, marketing and strategic planning in North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Yodfat ran her own investing and consulting business. Previously, she was managing director of Tamares Capital Ltd, a large international private investment fund with holdings in technology, media, manufacturing and real estate. Earlier, Yodfat served as corporate director and head of the medical and venture capital groups at Orbotech LTD, a world leader in automated inspection for printed circuit boards and panel displays.

She also previously served as managing director at Harel-Hertz Investment House Ltd. managing investment and business development for Japanese and Israeli corporations and as chief advisor to ITX-Corporation, a leading Japanese electronics conglomerate listed on NASDAQ Japan.

Yodfat serves as a member or observer on the board of directors of Israel Discount Bank, Namogoo, PanoplySharegain, SQream and Yotpo.

In addition, Yodfat serves on the board of MAOZ, a non-profit leadership network advancing Israel’s socio-economic development.

Selected prior investments and board positions include: EL Al Airlines, Protalix Biotherapeutics, Eltek, Mishoram, British Israel, N-Trig (acquired by Microsoft), Storewize (acquired by IBM) and Panaya (acquired by Infosys).

Yodfat earned her executive MBA from Bradford University School of Management in Great Britain and her B.A. in communications and political science from Bar-Ilan University. She has also completed advanced programs in director studies, mediation, advertising and marketing.

Gloria HuiDirector of Operations

Gloria is director of operations for Blumberg Capital. Gloria brings more than 20 years of experience in operations, human resources and administration across venture capital firms, Silicon Valley startups and real estate management.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Gloria held positions at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Qspeed Semiconductor, Electric Cloud and Mayfield Fund, amongst others.

Andrea MeyerHead of Marketing & Communications

Andrea is the head of marketing and communications for Blumberg Capital. In her role, she drives all marketing strategy and activities for the firm and provides marketing support for its portfolio companies.

Andrea brings more than 15 years of experience across corporate marketing, corporate communications, public relations, analyst relations, crisis communications, customer marketing, event marketing/planning and social media.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Andrea held global leadership positions at cloud startups SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP) and Deem. In addition, she previously led corporate affairs for in the Americas, managed public relations for Disney’s Family Group of websites and worked for a variety of consumer, healthcare, sports/fitness and technology companies while at PR agencies. Andrea began her career in communications and Internet marketing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Andrea holds a M.A. in strategic public relations from the University of Southern California and B.A., in communications, magna cum laude, from Portland State University.

Sharona MizrahiHR & Recruiting Specialist

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Sharona Mizrahi is a human resources & recruiting specialist at Blumberg Capital, based in Tel Aviv. In her role, Sharona helps portfolio companies with resource planning, recruiting and retaining technical and business talent.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Sharona was the head of human resources for Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) Unit 8200, Unit 81 and Special Forces. In her roles, she formulated HR strategies, set policies and lead strategic planning and development processes for cyber, intelligence and technology teams.

Upon retirement from the IDF in 2017, Sharona founded her own human resources and recruiting consultancy.

Omri OfirAssociate

Omri is an associate at Blumberg Capital, based in Tel Aviv. Omri connects with entrepreneurs, researches potential new investments, supports portfolio companies and develops emerging investment roadmaps.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Omri worked as an investment banking analyst at Barclays, where he advised on strategic M&A transactions and equity offerings. Prior to Barclays, Omri was a management consultant at TASC Consulting & Capital, where he worked on strategy projects in the technology, media and telecom sectors.

Omri holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Hebrew University. He also previously served as captain in one of Israel’s elite intelligence forces unit.

Patrick SteeleCIO Advisory Chair

Patrick is an advisor and chair of Blumberg Capital’s CIO Council.

Patrick brings more than 47 years of experience in healthcare, insurance, corporate retail, wholesale, supply chain, merchandising and information technology (IT) functions.

He recently retired as executive vice president and CIO for Delta Dental of California and a member of its senior executive management team. Prior to Delta Dental, he was involved in consulting and business development, and was active in establishing several technology companies that serve the retail sector.

Patrick spent the first 35 years of his career at Albertsons, with 11 years spent in senior executive roles.

Patrick holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Mathematics, both from the University of Washington.

In addition, Patrick serves on the board of directors of Dignity Health and Saucey. He divides his time between his homes in San Francisco and Seattle.

Bruce K. TaraginManaging Director

Bruce is a managing director at Blumberg Capital with more than 25 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company.

A native of New York, Bruce earned his B.A. in finance and communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and J.D. from Fordham University.

Bruce serves as a member or observer on the board of directors of Arcadia Data, BioCatch, BrazeCoverhound, FundGuardNexla, NYSHEX, Parse.lyRevionics, SAM Seamless Network, Sealights, SolomotoWorkJam and Zibby. He also serves on the board and the investment monitoring committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northern California.

Past investments:
Bringit – Acquired by International Gaming Technology
eVoice – Acquired by AOL
GO Networks – Acquired by NextWave Wireless
IP Infusion – Acquired by ACCESS CO., LTD
Mertado – Acquired by Groupon
Mobsmith – Acquired by Rubicon
Nolio – Acquired by CA Technologies
PureSight – Acquired by Boston Communications Group
Siperian – Acquired by Informatic
Vista Research – Acquired by McGraw Hill
ZipZapPlay – Acquired by Electronic Arts

Andrew Van NestAssociate

Andrew is an associate at Blumberg Capital, based in San Francisco. In his role, Andrew connects with entrepreneurs, researches potential new investments, supports portfolio companies and develops emerging investment roadmaps.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Andrew worked in business development and strategy for Ellation, as an associate for Silicon Valley Bank and as an investment banking analyst for William Blair.

He honed his competitive skills as an NCAA basketball player and as a professional player in Europe. He earned his M.S. in business, management and related services at Boston College and his B.A in psychology at Harvard College.