Thursday, 9 August 2012

Day 14 - Meet The ROIers - The Techies!

The internet is a hotbed of innovation and invention and nowhere is this more true than within the ROI Community. While many ROI members are involved in extremely cutting-edge online initiatives (some amazing projects!), we have selected a small number to showcase here:

Jerusalem native Tzvika Avnery is the Co-Founder and Marketing Director of WiseStamp, a globally successful internet start up with over 2 million installs worldwide.

Nir Kouris is the Founder and CEO of YOO Interactive. He dedicates a great deal of his time towards unique initiatives aimed at inspiring young people to fulfill their potential.

By the age of 21, Micah Bergdale had already worked for Apple for 3 years and had founded his own IT consulting company. He is now heavily involved in a range of entrepreneurial activities and Jewish community building initiatives.

Social media maven Chaviva Galatz worked as a copy editor for The Washington Post and then moved to Chicago to work for a Nobel-prize winning economist at the University of Chicago where she honed her social media skills through her blog, Twitter, Facebook and other web platforms.

Shai Davis is the Director of Product at, an online marketplace that connects people seeking high quality natural products with those who create them. In his spare time he enjoys many hobbies, including painting, photography and cooking.

Leah Jones is the Vice President of Emerging Media at Olson. She is working on accounts throughout the company including Miller Coors, Wrigley, Optima batteries and P.F. Chang's. Leah previously owned Natiiv Arts & Media where she taught social media to rabbis and rock-stars before briefly joining a start-up.

Jonathan Schilit is the founder and CEO of Waveborn, a social enterprise aimed at combining the cool of fashion with the soul of giving. Waveborn sells high quality sunglasses and, for every pair sold, donates a pair of eyeglasses to people that need them.

Elliot Cowan is the Founder and Creative Director of Br&.ish (Brandish), a multi-disciplinary design company that specializes in working with Jewish organizations around the world on anything and everything from branding to apps and websites.

Based in Budapest, Andrea Ausztrics produces films and creates websites. As part of her community involvement, Andrea coordinates online projects and develops websites for Jewish organizations in Hungary.

Adam Courtney is a marketing and branding consultant, specializing in audience and community development. He is also an artist and educator who teaches Jewish ideas and culture through the lens of art around the US and in Israel.

Brian Elliot is the VP of Partnerships at Amicus, which builds online advocacy and fundraising technology for nonprofits. Brian also founded Friendfactor in 2009, a web-savvy LGBT rights organization. 

Harry Rubinstein serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of Action Packed Media, a creative workshop specializing in content development, design, social media, search engine optimization and other Internet initiatives. Harry has a sixth sense that enables him to communicate with his canine friends!

Samuel Sjoblom is a Jewish innovator and social entrepreneur based in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently the CEO of Fanzingo, a major independent media house that uses new media as a tool for social change.

Brett Lockspeiser started his career at Google where, as a Product Manager, he developed data driven consumer web applications. He has since worked for a number of startups and has recently started to branch out into the 'nonprofit start up' arena. 

Aryeh Goldsmith has more than 15 years of experience creating successful online projects and services. Amongst his various ongoing projects is, a Jewish dating site and general resource for young active professional Jews. 

Aharon Horwitz is the co-founder and director of the PresenTense Group, a leading platform for social entrepreneurship. As an activist, Aharon volunteers for the Jerusalem-based social justice organizations B'Maaglei Tzedek and Atzum's Task Force on Human Trafficking.

David Notik is the founder of Woven, a full-service web development and strategy shop dedicated to helping community-based organizations leverage online tools to more effectively engage with their constituents. David is most passionate about finding ways to solve the world's big problems through what he calls "actionable" social networking.

1 comment:

  1. I suppose I should update my ROI profile ...

    I'm now the Director of Social Media for the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education!