Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early-stage start-ups across three core sectors; Sustainability (AgTech, CleanTech, FoodTech) Communications (Mobility & IoT) and Information Technology (Enterprise & Verticals: DigitalHealth, FinTech). Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors.
Mr. Lindenbaum has served as a board member, board advisor and/or investor: Acerro, Agnitia Networks (acquired by LendingEdge), BonTriage, BPG Worldwide, Bright Light Systems, Corvigo (acquired by NASDAQ: TMWD) eSports (acquired by Ositech), EVAOS, Grazix, iLoopMobile (acquired by Archer) Inertia Beverage Group (now WineDirect), kite.io (acquired by Quixey) LandSonar (acquired by Triangle) MerchEngines (acquired by NASDAQ: DLX) MycoTechnology, OOba Beverage (acquired by HealthBrands), Parago (acquired by NASDAQ: HAWK) Realta, SiteAudit, Sitebase, SkillGigs, Smaato, SnapMD, Solaireo, TerraFusion, Tunewear, workout.com, YouVoice, and Zenyx. As a venture accelerator, he has worked with more than 50 companies resulting in accelerated growth and transactions with top-tier Silicon Valley venture funds, private equity firms and in the public markets.
Prior to founding Advance Ventures, Mr. Lindenbaum was the co-founder of interactive media pioneer Broadcast Production Group and served as CEO until its acquisition in 1999 by Parago, a leading global engagement management company. Under his leadership, Broadcast Production Group was listed as a Top 15 fastest-growing private company in Silicon Valley and a Top 100 fastest-growing private company in the US.
Mr. Lindenbaum has been nationally recognized in cover and feature stories by CNN Future Watch, New Media News, AV Video ~ Multimedia Producer Magazine, Wired, MicroPublishing News and Silicon Valley Business Journal.
In 1995, Ephraim Lindenbaum was chosen as one of the “30 most influential business leaders under 30 years of age” in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and listed alongside innovators such as Mark Andreesen (Netscape) and Jerry Yang (Yahoo). In 2005, Mr. Lindenbaum was selected again as one of the “40 most influential business leaders under 40 years of age” in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He was among the youngest members of the Young Entrepreneur Organization (YEO now EO), the entrepreneurial arm of the Young Presidents Organization, the world’s foremost corporation leadership group.
Mr. Lindenbaum has a strong commitment to real-world business education and entrepreneurial development. He is an active lecturer at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School OF Business, University of California Haas School of Business, Stanford University, San Jose State University, and UCLA/Digital Media Arts Program.
Mr. Lindenbaum is a frequent keynote speaker, panel participant and lecturer at industry events, start-up programs and international entrepreneurial delegations.
Mr. Lindenbaum dedicates a significant amount of his time to the non-profit community. Over the years he has been technology advisor to the Tech Museum of Innovation, Silicon Valley Charity Ball, Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Center for Excellence in Non-Profits. He served on the executive committee of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and board of directors. Mr. Lindenbaum was the co-founder and co-president of the Silicon Valley Young Adults Division of the Jewish Federation. He is a founding board member and current President of the Jewish Study Network. In addition, he has served on the executive board of Hillel of Silicon Valley and the board of the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School.
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