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Vringo CEO & Buddy, Jon Medved, Recognized by “The New York Times” in Israel @ 60 Supplement

Seventeen years ago when I started looking into the idea of doing business in Israel, a friend of mine told me to give some guy who lived in Los Angeles, by the name of Jon Medved, a call before he packed up his family to move to Israel.  Yup, successful and prosperous Americans were moving to Israel and breaking new ground in Israel’s emerging technology economy. Before Jon moved, I gave him a call, told him what I was up to, and he told me to keep in touch and let him know when I was ready to come to Israel for a visit.  He moved, and eventually I started making the trek to and from Israel to become part of the planet’s most interesting and fun place to work with some very smart and good people. Not only did Jon and his family move to Israel, but so did his Dad, who, whenever I visited Israel, would welcome me and take me to lunch.  Much like my Dad, he saw the spark in my eyes as I made my travels back and forth because I "got it" that there was something very special indeed about Israel. Professionally, I got to work with Jon on one of the Internet’s earliest companies, Accent Software.  Post-Accent, I followed Jon’s career in his doing consulting gigs and eventually turning into a very hands-on VC, taking a seed-funding approach to getting companies off the launch pad. Each trip to Israel would always include a visit hang out with Jon and once in a while lunch with his Dad.  Even in downturns or market...