JVMS takes pride in the high caliber of professionals who call themselves JVMS mentors. Our mentors comprise a best-in-class network of business executives from all industries and backgrounds. Mentors may not have any financial, equity or business relationship with the JVMS venture they mentor. All JVMS mentors are volunteers, offering their guidance and time to support the entrepreneur. With access to the mentors’ depth and breadth of expertise, ventures are better prepared to succeed.

Be A Mentor

JVMS continually adds to our mentor network. If you are an experienced business professional who wants to give back to the entrepreneurial community by donating your time and expertise, contact JVMS at info@j-vms.org for more information.

Our Mentors

Our best-in-class mentor network brings together business executives from all industries and backgrounds. With access to the depth and breadth of expertise, ventures will be better prepared to succeed. The Jewish Venture Mentoring Service (JVMS) supports entrepreneurs in the greater Boston area by matching business ventures with mentors for their benefit, and the benefit of the community as a whole. A sample list of mentors includes:

Bill Adler

CEO

True Fit Corporation

Bill has 20+ years of leadership experience and a strong track-record building global brands and scaling successful businesses across retail, apparel, software and service.

Ezra Barnehama

Vice President

Silicon Valley Bank

Ezra specializes in private equity services. Prior experience includes serving as a Commercial Lines Underwriter and Financial Analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

David Benaim

Sigma Prime Fellow

Sigma Prime Ventures

David has over 17 years of experience in technology innovation working with companies of all sizes, from early stage startups to publicly traded companies in the US, South America and Israel, covering Web, Mobile, Bio-Tech, IT & network security, SaaS/Cloud and enterprise software solutions. He is also Chief Technology Officer at Mobile Messaging Solutions.

Alex Beletsky

COO, Dispatch & Early Stage Investor

Sidecar Angels

Alex has a broad range of experience across many Industries and is considered a thought leader in the Converged Communication and Interaction Management space. In his previous roles, Alex served as a member of the Deloitte and Touch Business consulting team, a CIO for a multi-national organization, Sr. Director of Advanced Services at Polycom, and as CEO of one of the top Microsoft Systems Integrators, Sentri.

Larry Brown

Vice President

Stemnion, Inc.

Larry is scientific executive who guides a product from inception to market. He has broad experience in large pharmaceutical and start-up venture capital based companies which have yielded numerous strong patents. He is also a biotech consultant with YDA Consulting. His previous experience includes Baxter Healthcare and Epic Therapeutics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baxter Healthcare.

Uri Ben-Yashar

Founder & President

National Maintenance Systems, Inc.

Uri is an entrepreneur and executive. In addition, he is President & CEO of BK Management Inc. which manages residential real estate in the Boston Metropolitan area, a Principle at GNY Realty Inc., and President & CEO of East Coast Lot and Pavement Maintenance Inc.

Mark S. Bressler

Partner

Sassoon & Cymrot LLP

Mark’s expertise includes the purchase and sale of businesses, real estate and other assets; advising investors and developers of commercial real estate on acquisition, title, land use permitting and regulatory matters; construction, finance and development of commercial real estate; commercial leasing and property management; and loan workouts and debt restructure.

Eugene Buff, MD, PhD

Founder & President

Primary Care Innovation Consulting

Eugene is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with expertise in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, materials and chemical manufacturing. He is also Co-Founder & Principal of UsTech Discovery LLC.

Oleg Cohen

President & CEO

AssureBridge, Inc.

Oleg is a business technology professional with broad international experience. He is also Principal at Verdance Consulting Services. His specialties include strategy development and planning, service and product management, enterprise system rollouts, management control systems, strategic cost management, operations management and restructuring, and business information systems. Previously he was VP, Director of Infrastructure Delivery Services at Wellington Management and VP, Senior Manager/Architect at Putnam Investments.

Yoav Danenberg

Instructional Designer & Training Consultant

Yoav is a freelance instructional design consultant advising organizations including universities and non-profits to understand their training requirements and develop optimal online experiences. His previous experience includes designing, developing and delivering Hebrew language courses as well as database administration.

David Dykeman

Shareholder & Patent Attorney

Greenberg Traurig LLP

David is a registered patent attorney, shareholder, and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Department at Greenberg Traurig with over fifteen years of experience in patent and intellectual property law. His practice focuses on securing worldwide intellectual property protection and related business strategy for high tech clients, with particular expertise in medical devices, nanotechnology, information technology and life sciences.

Bill Edelman

Medical Device Industry Executive

Bill serves as Chairman of the Board for Vitathreads LLC, NewVert, Ltd., Highland Instruments, Inc., Paragonix Technologies, Inc., Medivalve, Ltd., and Cardioflow, Ltd., and is CEO for ETView, Ltd., (TASE: ETVW). He serves as Board Member for MindChild Medical, Inc. and Advisor on the Heathcare Board for Northeast Securities, Inc., Advisor to First Light Bioscienses, Inc., and member of the Advisory Council for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jacob Einhorn

COO

Intrinsic Therapeutics

Jacob is a medical device executive with 15+ years experience developing new medical technologies and bringing them to market. Prior to becoming COO, Jacob was VP of R&D and Manufacturing at Intrinsic. He previously served as Director, Product Development (Japan/Asia) at Stryker and as Product Development Engineer, Strategic Innovation Group at Pfizer.

Cynthia Gilbert

Patent Attorney

Founder at Hyperion Law

After serving clients at a leading law firm, Cynthia created Hyperion Law to focus on the needs of small and medium technology companies. Her experience ranges across a variety of technology disciplines, including virtualization, cloud computing, network security, computational linguistics and information retrieval, wearable devices, and mobile technology.

Sergey Gribov

Technology Entrepreneur

Sergey has 20 years of experience in IT across such sectors as software development, VoIP, bioinformatics, finance, internet, social networks, and e-commerce. He has been founder or top manager in startups in the USA, Israel, and Russia. He is Managing Partner at Startup Access, Co-founder & VP of Strategy at Abrys Consulting / AB Systems, and Owner of SAG Development.

Ashky Hedvat

Independent Education Management Professional

Joel G. Kinney

Founder

Fort Point Legal PC

Fort Point Legal represents the open source, internet startup and entrepreneur communities. Joel is also a Lab Ambassador at WeWork Labs, judge and mentor at MassChallange, and previously was Partner at Goldstein & Herndon, LLP.

Miriam May

Director

Director of Institutional Advancement, Harvard Hillel

Miriam is an experienced non-profit and for profit manager, administrator, fund-raiser, executive and marketer. She is Director of Institutional Advancement at Harvard Hillel. Among her many positions, Miriam has served as Managing Director at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and Executive Director of the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dror Nadler

CEO

Cellrox

Dror is a Sales/Business Development executive with extensive experience in driving adoption of emerging technologies in the marketplace, establishment of sales and pricing strategies and driving new business. Previously Dror was VP of Global Sales Engineering at Rapid7 and Senior Director of New Business Development at EMC.

Eli Neusner

Senior Investment Management Professional

MIP Global Inc.

For the past ten years Eli has been focused on investor marketing and raising capital for alternative fund managers, like hedge funds, private equity, and real estate firms. He is also Managing Director of The EastSide Group. Areas of expertise include investor marketing, capital raising, corporate development, investor relations, strategic consulting.

Barbara Osband

President & CEO

Cambridge Biomedical Inc.

Cambridge Biomedical is a laboratory contract research organization (CRO) and diagnostic laboratory providing bioanalytical support to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries for more than sixteen years. Since its founding in 1997, Cambridge Biomedical has specialized in custom assay solutions for life science companies.

Avi Pinhasi

Lead OEM System Engineer at Philips Connected Sensing Venture

Philips Medical Systems

Avi has lead cross functional teams across three different continents overcoming cultural differences and physical distance. He is a program manager with 4+ years of experience and has served as technical manager for contract manufacturers overseas. He has 8 years of hands-on R&D experience in GSM, CDMA cellular phone, 3G routers and Class3 Patient Monitoring medical devices and 5 years hands-on new product introduction experience in Patient Monitoring Medical devices

Roy Rachamimov

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives Management Group

Ernst & Young LLP

Roy leads business growth & operations initiatives at EY. His specialties include strategic planning, goal setting, customer acquisition, international growth, marketing & go-to-market, business development, product management, project management (PMP), business process re-engineering (BPR), cross-functional & cross-border facilitation, coaching. Roy is also a mentor for MassChallenge .

Bill Reinstein

President/CEO

MedData Group, LLC

Bill is a seasoned entrepreneur with over twenty years of expertise building interactive media and technology-enabled service organizations. After starting his career co-founding the internet-based recruitment advertising and job search startup, Help Wanted Online, he spent a dozen years with International Data Group in a variety of senior management roles running events and interactive businesses. He was founder and CEO of ITworld.com, one of the leading portals for information technology professionals. He co-founded and was President & CEO of Accela Communications.

David Reich

Technical Director-Consulting

Foliage

David is a management and technology professional with executive and line management experience. He has served as CIO, CTO, Director of Technology Strategy and Software Engineering Director managing large teams as well as experience guiding startup and early stage ventures. He is also President & Managing Director of Viztrex LLC, a multidisciplinary consulting/advisory firm focusing on technology, business processes and the alignment between the two. David is a Mentor for Business, Technology and Investor/Partner Presentation with MassChallenge.

Bill Rosenberg

Former Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization & Ventures

University of Massachusetts

Bill has expertise in technology transfer, licensing, business development, and nonprofit management. He is currently consulting, providing assistance with technology commercialization as well as advising, mentoring, and supporting early stage companies.

Eliran Sapir

Founder & CEO

Apptopia

Apptopia provides services in app analytics, data mining and business intelligence for the mobile industry. Eliran is also Founder and Board Member of Dispatch, a 21st-century mobile workforce management solution.

Andrew Schultz

Owner

Parker & Bailey Corporation

Parker & Bailey has been distributing fine wood care products since 1879.

Robert Schultz

Health Technology Entrepreneur

Writer and Business Developer

Robert has over 15 years of experience in technology innovation and has mentored, advised and shepherded over 50 early stage startup companies. A serial entrepreneur, Robert is passionate about patient-focused health technology and helping entrepreneurs to optimize their impact. He has worked with companies in the United States, Europe, South America, India, and Israel in high tech industries like biotech, wearable computing, fiber optic telecommunications, SaaS/Cloud, and enterprise software.

Rony Sellam

CEO

Segterra (Inside Tracker)

Rony has 15 years of experience in growth strategies for the health & technology markets. He held senior executive positions in operations, general management, strategy, and business development with NorthPoint Domain and I.C. Sciences after working at Deloitte in Europe and the US.

Neal Shanske

SVP

Datalot

Previously, Neal was VP of Search Marketing at LeadKarma LLC, Director of Engineering at AgileClicks, and Senior Software Engineering Manager at Lycos.

Sammy Simnegar

Portfolio Manager

Fidelity Investments Asset Management

Sammy is responsible for managing the Fidelity Emerging Markets Fund and Fidelity International Capital Appreciation Fund. Previously, he was an equity analyst at Fidelity Management & Research Company, focusing on Emerging Markets energy, materials, and industrials from 2003 to 2007, U.S. Regional Banks from 2001 to 2003, and real estate, hotels, and emerging telecom from 1998 to 2001. Before joining Fidelity, he worked as an equity analyst at JPMorgan, and as a senior trade analyst at Trans Alliance Group, Inc.

Jason Skolnick

Owner

True Wealth MD

A partner in First National Corporation since 2008 and Treasurer since 2010, Jason joined True Wealth MD in 1998 as an Investment Advisor Representative. Previously, he worked as an account executive with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He developed TrueWealth MD as a site dedicated to providing clients with a clear roadmap to guide them toward their life’s vision.

Callan Stein

Litigation Lawyer

Dononghue Barrett & Singal

Cal focuses on the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, healthcare litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. He represents corporations and individuals in matters involving commercial/business disputes (including contract issues, business torts, and alleged violations of ch. 93A), employment matters (including pre-litigation HR matters and wrongful termination/whistleblower disputes), professional and regulatory matters, and federal and state white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Josh Troderman

Executive Director

ShalomLearning

Josh is a passionate innovator of Jewish education. ShalomLearning is committed to bringing technology and education expertise to enhance Jewish learning and connection. He is also President and CEO of JChoice.org. Before co-founding JChoice, Josh held teaching and administrative positions at The Rashi School, The Rodeph Sholom Day School, The Kesher Community Hebrew School, Kehillath Israel, The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, Camp Ramah, Camp Edward Issacs, and Storahtelling.

Amiel Weinstock

Of Counsel

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Amiel specializes in Estate Planning and Life Insurance. Previously, he was General Counsel at Thomas Brady & Associates.

David E. Williams

President

Health Business Group

The consulting firm, Health Business Group, helps health care and pharmaceutical companies, investors, government agencies and non-profits develop and execute innovative business strategies. David leads consulting teams, advises CEOs, is a member of corporate and non-profit boards, and chairs review panels for the federal government. He co-founded the company in 2003 after more than a decade as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and The LEK Partnership.

Mentor Testimonials

  • “I feel privileged to be in a position to bring an outside perspective to other business builders; JVMS created a selfless, supportive, and focused platform for mentors to genuinely feel they are a part of something bigger than themselves.” – Rony Sellam
  • “My experience with JVMS as a mentor has been incredibly rewarding and has added a new dimension to my professional career that has been missing for many years. As business owners and entrepreneurs it is easy to lose ourselves in the initiatives that consume us and our businesses day in and out. When a business gets to a level of maturity, we sometimes forget the passion and energy that we brought to it in the founding days and deal with more mundane, although important issues. Engaging with JVMS has allowed me to put my entrepreneur hat back on and has given me a path to re-engage with the community and give back by sharing my experience to assist new companies in accelerating their business plans and processes and hopefully help avoid some of the mistakes I made when in the same position. It has not been a one way relationship. I have also benefited from the energy and passion that I see with the ventures we are mentoring and have brought some it back to my own businesses and re- energized our teams to be more creative and forward thinking.” - Alex Beletsky
  • “I had the privilege of participating in a few mentoring meetings, and was very impressed with the high caliber mentors JVMS has been able to bring to the table; as well as the enthusiastic, creative and passionate entrepreneurs that we have been able to meet with. JVMS is the right framework to bring these mentors and entrepreneurs together, and help these great minds in our community get their ideas to the next level.” – David Benaim