Moderating Axis TLV Fintech and Cyber Session from our office

The 8th Axis Tel Aviv event (yes 8th — crazy to believe!) was our biggest yet. Our packed agenda included industry leading keynote speakers, tier 1 investors and corporations, some of Israel’s top startups, and masterclasses taught by global experts. Moreover, this year we hosted the conference 100% virtually through our proprietary event platform Axis Spin, bringing the best aspects of our physical events online.

From over 20 sessions, here are a few key highlights and takeaways from the event:

Digitization is the future of mobility. We were honored and proud to host Ola Kallenius, the CEO of Daimler and…


If you’re leading innovation in a corporation, listen up!

Today more than ever, startups have more opportunities to work with corporations. The abundance of capital in the VC market, growth of corporate open innovation and startup accelerators have led to a boom in investment and business development opportunities.

While this is certainly a good sign of growth for the ecosystem, it also can make it more challenging to get the attention of the best startups. …


We all make assumptions. It’s part of our everyday life from how we deal with friends and family to making business decisions. While most people think little about them, I’ve become fascinated by the power of assumptions as a key to unlocking personal and professional potential. After spending years disciplining myself to constantly analyze, challenge, and reframe my own assumptions, I began to apply the same methodology to startups with outstanding results. Building a startup is one of the most risky and challenging endeavors a person can take — fraught with uncertainty and high likelihood of failure. I’ve helped early…


At this point, you’ve established the first two critical steps of relationship building — made a great first impression through your pitch, and sent a clean follow up email. (If you missed either of these blogs, read them first here and here).

Now that your first email is off, there are generally 4 kinds of responses. In this blog, we’ll analyze each of them, share additional email templates, and explain how to properly respond and manage each one without being overwhelmed.

Response 1: No Response

Unfortunately, this may be the most common. But don’t be down; there are dozens of…


The Ultimate Pocket Elevator Toolkit

“So, what do you do?”

As an entrepreneur, you’ve been asked this question hundreds of times. But let’s be real — have you thought much about what you say?

Most entrepreneurs spend a tremendous amount of time working on their stage pitch or formal pitch with slides, but little to no time preparing for the informal elevator pitch you make regularly. Of course, you have an answer and some form of pitch — but it’s often uninspiring, ineffective, and without a strategy or goal. I believe this is a huge missed opportunity. A simple, focused…


If you read part one of this series (if not — read it here first!), you know how important the elevator pitch and first impression is. But it’s only the beginning. The second touch and follow up is just as important to make or break any deal. Here, I’d like to share real email templates for follow up emails that have produced real results and deals. But first — let’s go through a few important strategies to keep in mind during this process:

Startup-Investor Meeting at Axis Roadshow event
  • Take the lead: Don’t expect the investor or your target to follow up with you. Sometimes it…


The Ultimate Pocket Elevator Toolkit

“So, what do you do?”

As an entrepreneur, you’ve been asked this question hundreds of times. But let’s be real — have you thought much about what you say?

Most entrepreneurs spend a tremendous amount of time working on their stage pitch or formal pitch with slides, but little to no time preparing for the informal elevator pitch you make regularly. Of course, you have an answer and some form of pitch — but it’s often uninspiring, ineffective, and without a strategy or goal. I believe this is a huge missed opportunity. A simple, focused…


Like many great ideas, this one started over coffee. We got together at a cafe in Tel Aviv to catch up on life, politics, the jewish world, and a slight argument over which hummus place is the best. 6 months had passed since we last met up. Itzik was looking for his next challenge after leaving his role as head of global digital marketing at Mobileye, and I was busy preparing for my next big startup event at Axis Innovation. Similar to all entrepreneurs, both of us have daily new ideas — but that day Itzik surprised me with a…


Last month we wrapped up our 2018 Roadshows to Moscow and New York. For the first time, we combined both cities into the same week, making it some of the most busy and exciting travel days of the year. 2 cities, 6 events, 14 startups, over 80 investors, more than 50 arranged 1-on-1 meetings, and many more follow-up meetings to come.


When I started working as a early stage banker connecting startups with investors (also known as a VC broker, Finder, Startup Advisor — pick your title), I spent a lot of time studying the industry and figuring out a few things:

  • How can I source the best startups most relevant to our network of investors?
  • What kind of information do investors want to see first to get intrigued by a deal?
  • What’s the best way to get new foreign investors interested in Israel?
  • How can my dealflow be on the level that investors will look at in the same way…

Jason Weiss

Entrepreneur, startup advisor, fundraiser, global connector. COO & Dealflow Manager at Axis Innovation, Co-founder at Bizrael Trips.

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