Verizon Ventures is excited to announce Merav Rotem-Naaman, Managing Director at Verizon Ventures Israel, has been named a 2018 “Rising Star” by Global Corporate Venturing (GCV), an industry news source and data provider. Rising Stars represent 1 percent of investors who are considered among the brightest prospects and who are driving change across the industry.
Global Corporate Venturing’s selection process involved researching more than 10,000 industry professionals across about 2,000 corporate venturing units. Rising Stars were selected based not only on their deal history and career accomplishments, but also on their demonstrated ambition and desire to share best practices and experiences that drive innovation across industries.
Merav, one of 25 named as a Rising Star in 2018, joined Verizon Ventures last summer after she co-founded and lead Nautilus, AOL’s Israeli investment and scouting arm. At Nautilus, in addition to working on amazing projects and mentoring many truly talented people, she rolled out a unique investment model that in a very short period lead to investments in 11 of the hottest early stage companies in Israel. One of these companies is Soundbetter, the world’s number one music creation marketplace.
As Managing Director of Verizon Ventures Israel, Merav works closely with two investment professionals, Roni Burrell and Gal Ringel, to source and invest in both early and late stage companies. In a few short months, the Tel Aviv-based team has invested in iguazio, Optibus and SkyWatch.
Merav joins Verizon Ventures’ Mark Smith and Michelle McCarthy who were selected as Rising Stars by GCV in 2017 and 2016 respectively, as well as John Doherty, the head of Verizon Ventures, who's a member of GCV’s Powerlist.
We could not be more excited for Merav as she’s recognized for her hard work and we extend a big congratulations! Read Merav’s full GCV Rising Stars 2018 article here.