General Manager @Hearst Ventures (USA/Israel)
Gil Canaani is the Director of Hearst Ventures and the General Manager of Hearst Ventures Israel. Based in Tel-Aviv, Gil leads Hearst Ventures’ investments in Israel. Prior to Hearst, he was a Partner at 2B-Angels, a seed stage micro-fund focused on Digital Media, mobile technologies and enterprise software. Prior to that, Gil spent four years at Canaan Partners, as part of the global investment team, where he focused on Israeli investment in the technology sector. Gil has a strong technical background from his service in an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps in the Israeli Defense Forces. Previously, he worked in marketing and in R&D, for AudioCodes (Nasdaq: AUDC), which provide networking VoIP products and infrastructure. Gil is a Kauffman Fellow. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a B.A in Computer Sciences from Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College.
Hearst Ventures is a global investment group that makes strategic investments in fast-growing companies in the media and technology sectors. Since its initial investment in Netscape in 1995, the group has grown to become one of the most active and successful corporate venture funds, with more than $1 billion in strategic investments in companies including BuzzFeed, E Ink, Hootsuite, Pandora, Roku, Via and XM Satellite Radio.