Managing Director, Investment Team

Yuval Neeman is a Managing Director and member of Trilogy’s investing team. Prior to joining Trilogy, Yuval spent 16 years at Microsoft, where he led the Developer Division and the creation of Microsoft Visual studio.NET and Microsoft NET Framework. Yuval was on the board of M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH, acquired by SanDisk). He has been an investor, advisor, and board member for a number of startups including Soluto (acquired by Asurion), OfficeSync and StreamOnce (both acquired by Jive), Replay Technologies (acquired by Intel) and RedKix (acquired by Facebook).

A former captain in the Israeli Defense Force, Yuval also served on the Board of the Israel Policy Forum. Previously, Yuval served on the board of University Prep, a private school in Seattle, and chaired the technology advisory board during a time of significant transition in the use of technology across the school. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Yuval is a technologist and a dedicated family man to his wife and three kids.

What are the characteristics of a good entrepreneur?

They must have distinctive and exceptional qualities. Either they are super smart or knowledgeable about a space. They might be uniquely compelling or charismatic or all of the above. Founders have to have the ability to get people excited about what they are doing and join them on their journey. The path ahead of them will be challenging, and a good leader needs to have a variety of strong attributes to succeed.

What excites you most about the process of bringing a company to market?

Working with the startups on their strategy and plan. I like seeing an initial idea translated into a product and then into a business, and to see people and teams grow in that process. I remember brainstorming with the Lookout founders, early on when they were still six guys in a loft in LA about what platform they should target. The outcome was Android, which turned out to have been a great call.