CIPS CONNECTIONSPodcast/Video Interviews by Stephen Ibaraki
A Chat with Uri Levine: Passionate Entrepreneur; Disruptor; Two-time 'unicorn' builder (Duocorn); Co-founder, Waze; Co-Founder and Chairman at Pontera (formerly FeeX); Co-Founder, Chairman at FairFly; Co-Founder & Chairman at Refundit; Co-Founder & Chairman at Fibo; Investor & Board Member at SeeTree; Investor & Board Member at Dynamo; Investor & Board Member at Kahun; Chairman at Zoomcar; Board Member at Infosys; Author: "Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution" – A Handbook for Entrepreneurs, release January, 2023
This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with Uri Levine.
Uri Levine (http://urilevine.com/) is a passionate entrepreneur and disruptor, a two-time 'unicorn' builder (Duocorn). He is co-founder of Waze, the world's largest community-based driving traffic and navigation app, which Google acquired for $1.1 billion in 2013, and former investor and board member in Moovit, 'Waze of public transportation, which Intel acquired for $1 Billion in 2020.
Levine heads the "The Found CHAOers Kitchen," a company-builder fund. Among Uri's startups are Pontera (formerly FeeX), FairFly, Refundit, and SeeTree, and he is always working on the next one. Also, Levine's first book, Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution – A Handbook for Entrepreneurs, will be published on January 17, 2023.
Levine's vision in building startups is to disrupt inefficient markets and improve under-functioning services, focusing on solving "BIG problems" and saving consumers time and money while empowering them and changing the world for the better.
Uri has been in the high-tech business for the last 30 years, half of them in the startup scene, and has seen everything ranging from failure, moderate success, and big success.
He is also a world-class speaker on entrepreneurship, disruption, evolution vs. revolutions of markets, mobility, and startups. Motivated to encourage the next generation of thinkers and innovators, he also leads an academic workshop entitled "How to Build a Startup," aimed at undergraduate and graduate-level business students.
Levine is a BA graduate from Tel-Aviv University. Before attending University, he served in the Israeli army at special intelligence unit 8200. In his public activity, he serves on the board of trustees at Tel-Aviv University. He also mentors young entrepreneurs at the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at Reichman University (IDC Herzliya).
The startups Levine is Co-Founder, Chairman or Board Member, with the agenda of 'doing good and doing well,' include:
Book Trailer: https://bit.ly/FallinLove0203
Uri's Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/uri-levine