Boris Zeleny is co-founder and chairman of NKB Group, a blockchain advisory firm with offices in London, Vienna and Moscow. Robert Cohen is Managing Director of Benson Oak Ventures based in Herzylia Pituach. Their firms are combining forces to invest from multiple funds over $100m in tech companies, with focus on blockchain and crypto assets including a significant portion in Israel. They have been investing for 20 years in companies around the world, many of which are based in Israel. They were first investors in AVG, one of the global leaders in cybersecurity and helped grow the company to its listing on the NYSE. Boris and Robert are among the investors in YL Ventures, our previous event’s speakers, providing their portfolio additional exposure to companies in Israel.
Benson Oak and NKB are actively investing, seeking new technologies and Israel companies in which to invest. Meeting these two investors and hearing their stories and insights won’t be just any other day, so make sure to register and save your spot in this event.
Boris Zeleny, Chairman and Co-Founder of NKB Group is a serial entrepreneur and investor, active in the technology space for more than 20 years. He was a core investor and a key member of the team behind the success of AVG, a central European company which developed into one of the global leaders in cybersecurity. AVG was acquired for $1.4 billion by AVAST in 2016. Today Boris is Chairman of NKB Group, a blockchain based investment bank. He is a member of several investment committees and holds Board positions in numerous technology companies. Boris is also active in philanthropy and is the founder and Chairman of the non-profit organisation Green Foundation.
Robert has 25 years of experience in investment management and investment banking. He is the Managing Partner of Benson Oak, a highly successful central European investment firm which he joined in 1996. Robert served on the Boards of several investee companies, including AVG, one of the global leaders in cybersecurity, where he handled strategic financing issues for the company and executed its first corporate acquisitions. He has previously managed Benson Oak’s corporate finance advisory business with a broad range of responsibilities including leading M&A advisory, private-equity financings, domestic and international capital market fund-raising and general management advisory.
Managing Partner, NKB Capital & Benson Oak Ventures
• Managing Partner of Benson Oak since 2001
• 17 years of experience as Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, Investor and Operator
• Based in Israel, with a strong network in the US and Europe
• Investor in over 20 start-ups, active as Board member / Chairman or Advisor in many
• First Investor, Board Member and Senior Manager of AVG, returning 100x to investors upon IPO
• Launched Benson Oak Ventures in 2018, merging into NKB Capital