Pereg Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the retail, tech, e-commerce, digital marketing, consumer packaged goods, media and behavioral research, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, analytics, offline to online and data management sectors. The firm was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, New York.
Universal Commerce Group
Gennadiy Vasyukov is a serial technology entrepreneur and venture investor. He has launched dozens of internet-projects in the markets of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and European Union countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Cyprus, and continues to invest in this direction. He owns and operates companies in the different business areas such as e-commerce, FinTech, EdTech, BigData, machine learning, AI. In the same time, Gennadiy is a senior business manager with more than 20 years’ experience in law, IP rights, business development and consultancy. He used to working on large projects covering multiple sites and countries, and able to manage, motivate and developing successful and productive teams. From 2006 till 2011 Gennadiy Vasyukov was a Supervisory Board Member at Global Spirits Holding (ТМ “Khortitsa”, “Shustov”, “Morosha”, “Blagoff”, “Medovukha”, “Oreanda”) - the largest alcohol holding in the Eastern Europe, which turnover in 2010 was about $1b. In 2010, Gennadiy co-founded a law company «Vasyukov, Ostapyuk & Partners» with offices in Ukraine and USA. In 2012, Gennadiy co-founded the International Internet Holding «Universal Commerce Group». The holding includes more than 25 projects in such areas as E-commerce, Price Comparison, Marketplaces, Job, Recruiting, Automotive, Real Estate, Healthcare, Digital Marketing, Lead Generation, Media and others. Main projects are Aport, Price.ua, Trud.com, Vcene, Modasto. In 2014, Gennadiy co-founded WAYFORPAY. It is the online payment system with 3-D Secure technology that is licensed by the National Bank of Ukraine, National Commission for Financial Markets Regulation and also has the license of the National Bank of the Czech Republic, with a right of electronic money emission. The Company has offices in Ukraine and in EU countries (Latvia and the Czech Republic). In 2018, he has launched a new non-profit project Noblest.org – portal of personnel search for non-profit organizations all over the world. Gennadiy received a PhD in Public Finance and Master of Public Administration and authored the thesis «Provision of Financial Autonomy of Local Self-Government» and 11 research papers. He was rated a candidate master by the Ukrainian Chess Federation and is the prizewinner of Ukrainian judo tournaments.
James Belfer founded Cartuna in 2015 to service a gap in the marketplace for a centralized adult animation destination for digital and mobile audiences. James Belfer began his career in media producing and investing into independent film in 2009. This resulted to 9 feature film credits under his company Dogfish Pictures. In 2012 he launched an accelerator program for content creators producing a variety of projects such as feature films, digital series, graphic novels, social media series, and more. In 2013 he received his MBA from NYU Stern in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Digital Marketing, and Business Analytics. He is also a former associate of TechStars Boulder.
Manish Vij is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at SVG Media. He is a veteran of the digital media industry and has over 12 years of experience in the internet domain. Manish has founded leading internet companies in areas of digital marketing and e-commerce with international joint ventures and leading venture capital firms.
David Rosenblatt serves as Chief Executive Officer at 1stdibs. He previously served as an Advisor at Carmel Ventures, Viola Ventures and Linkable Network. Since December 2010, Rosenblatt has served as a Board member at Twitter. From October 2008 to May 2009, Rosenblatt served as President of Global Display Advertising at Google. Rosenblatt joined Google in March 2008 in connection with Google's acquisition of DoubleClick, a provider of digital marketing technology and services. Rosenblatt joined DoubleClick in 1997 as part of its initial management team and served in several executive positions during his tenure, including as Chief Executive Officer from July 2005 to March 2008 and President from 2000 to July 2005. Rosenblatt currently serves on the boards of directors of IAC/InterActive, a media and Internet company, and a number of privately held companies. Rosenblatt holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Joshua Nussbaum serves as Principal & Partner at Compound. Prior to Metamorphic, Josh worked in Business Development for startup, JustDecide, a social decision-making company. Prior to JustDecide, Josh worked in digital marketing and branding at Bayard Advertising. Josh was also a member of the executive board at Tech@NYU, New York City's largest student technology organization. For multiple semesters he was in charge of "Startup Week" where he helped organize events with top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in New York City. Josh graduated with a BS from New York University in 2013.
Unilever Ventures is the venture capital and private equity arm of Unilever. It invests in companies operating in the personal care, digital marketing and technology sectors. The firm was established in 2002 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.
Mohr Davidow Ventures
Abhas Gupta focuses on automation and analytics opportunities across all verticals, particularly those in financial services, retail & logistics, and digital health. His other interests include robotics, enterprise workflow automation, and digital marketing. A previous entrepreneur with a background in computer science and strategy consulting, Abhas engages with portfolio company executives on all topics ranging from technology infrastructure to corporate strategy. Abhas works closely with Wildcat portfolio companies Clover Health and Earnest, as well as Mohr Davidow companies BuildDirect, Neon, and WorkFusion. He frequently lectures on entrepreneurship and technology trends; Abhas recently taught the Lean Launchpad course at UCSF with Steve Blank.
Nathan Testa is the Founder & Managing Director of Teko, a leading full-service digital agency built for today’s connected world. Teko partners with companies and brands seeking to make an impact and help drive their business outcomes with web development, digital marketing and creative services.