Respect. That’s what Jon Medved commanded yesterday in front of 3,000 participants at the OurCrowd Global Summit 2016. And well deserved. Medved, Aliyah MVP and CEO and Founder of OurCrowd was the 2015 recipient of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Bonei Zion award in the field of Entrepreneurship and Technology. Yesterday’s Global Investor Summit made history as Jerusalem’s most successful summit of its kind. As Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem said in his speech at the Summit, “There is more holiness in one square meter in Jerusalem than in the entire world,” referring the to work Medved is doing to bring “a light unto the nations” from Jerusalem.
In 2004, Ariel Beery was fresh out of the Israeli army and an undergraduate student at Columbia University. Israel was a hot topic on campus, and Ariel found that the discussions were far from nuanced. There were pro-Israel activists and there were anti-Israel activists, and thousands of miles from the Middle East, the student body could not find common ground.