Michael is a General Partner at Aleph, an early-stage venture capital fund with $850M under management. Aleph focuses on partnering with great Israeli entrepreneurs to build large, meaningful companies and impactful global brands. Since its founding in 2013, Aleph has invested in over 50 companies including Lemonade (NYSE: LMND), Frank (acquired JPM), Melio, Healthy.io, JoyTunes, Fabric, Honeybook and Bringg.
Prior to Aleph, Michael was a General Partner at Benchmark Capital, which he joined in July 2005, and where he continues as the partner responsible for Benchmark’s Israeli portfolio. Michael has focused on internet and software-enabled service investments since 1995. He has invested in and served on the boards of some of Israel’s leading companies and startups, such as Conduit, Gigya (Acquired SAP), Picturevison (acquired: EK), SeekingAlpha, Shopping.com (Nasdaq: SHOP, acquired: EBAY), Tradeum (acquired: VERT), and Wix (Nasdaq: WIX).
Since 2006, Michael has been writing the blog “Six Kids and a Full Time Job,” on topics ranging from politics to technology, Judaism, and macroeconomics. He was a contributor to TheMarker, a Hebrew-language daily business newspaper, and is the author of the “Hummus Manifesto,” the seminal piece on Israel’s innovation scene. Michael has also published numerous books, including The Tree of Life and Prosperity, The Vanishing Jew, and Ben Barukh. He has published three additional books in Hebrew, due for release in English in the coming years: Everyone Can Be Moses, Roaring Tribe and Milk, Honey and Uncertainty. He lectures frequently on venture capital, Israel, and entrepreneurship. In 2020, Michael established the Nevo Network, a first-of-its-kind fellowship program to elevate olim (immigrants to Israel) working in high-tech and serves as the organization’s chairman. Michael is chairman of HaShomer Hachadash and serves on the board of the non-profit organization Yeshivat Har Etzion. Michael lives in Jerusalem with his wife and eight children.