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Adam Fisher is a partner at Bessemer and manages the Herzliya, Israel office, which he established in 2007. He focuses on investments in Israel and Europe across multiple technology sectors, from pre-revenue, early-stage startups to expansion stage, growth companies. We interviewed Adam for bizzi’s Online Collaboration Summit in November 2018.

Adam is widely regarded as one of the top investors in Israel, and Forbes recently ranked Adam #8 on the Midas List Europe. Adam’s current portfolio spans several areas of investment, including consumer Internet (Fiverr, MyHeritage), SaaS (Cloudinary, Dynamic Yield, HiBob, Prospera, SiSense, Wandera, YotPo), cloud infrastructure (CTERA, Stratoscale, ScyllaDB), and enabling technology (Oryx, Vayyar).

During his venture career, Adam’s investments have resulted in more than 14 IPO and M&A exits, 10 of which were pre-product at the time of his initial investment. His exits include Altair Semiconductor (acquired by Sony Semiconductor), Allot Communications (ALLT), Axis Network Technology (acquired by Ace Technology), BillGuard (acquired by Prosper Marketplace), Cogent Communications (COGT), Dune Networks (acquired by Broadcom), Intucell Systems (acquired by Cisco), Leaba Semiconductor, (acquired by Cisco), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Ravello(acquired by Oracle), Soluto (acquired by Asurion), Storwize (acquired by IBM), Traffix (acquired by F5) and Wix.com (WIX).

Prior to Bessemer, Adam spent nine years at Jerusalem Venture Partners, where he was a partner in their New York, Jerusalem and Beijing offices.

Adam received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he majored in economics and international business diplomacy. Born in South Africa, Adam has lived in the US, China and Israel. He blogs about venture capital and Israeli high tech at Savants in the Levant.

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