PRESIDENT, CEO AND FOUNDER AT GSD VENTURE STUDIOS
GENERATIVE AI BUILDER
EXPERT SPEAKER AT THE UNITED NATIONS
GLOBAL EXECUTIVE LEADER
“THE AI & QUANTUM GUY”
Award-winning serial entrepreneur and investor with 17 companies, several Unicorns,
and a successful IPO. Gary was on the original management team of ClickSoftware
which was recently sold to SalesForce for $1.35 billion. He also co-founded several top
global accelerators, where over 30% of the companies have notably thrived. Some of his
global successes are Broadiant, Findo, Tecra, Zemplee, and the award-winning AI
company, Yva.ai, which was recently acquired by Visier.
Today, Gary is the CEO, President of GSD Venture Studios, a Silicon Valley based
venture studio. GSD takes operational roles in companies and uses its vast global
network and experience to help companies maximize their opportunities. As a leader,
Gary always remains at the forefront of global change, launching innovative services
ahead of the conservative majority. Thus, he recently announced the creation of a new
division to help integrate ChatGPT into any business around the world.
Gary pays special attention to the hyper-acceleration of growth-stage startups. His team
travels the world in search of bold, resilient entrepreneurs and guides them through a
15-week accelerator to invigorate global sales, marketing, and traction with their
extensive venture-building experience and far-reaching industry contacts. The
accelerator’s ultimate goal is to secure funding for participating companies, with the
most extraordinary selected for syndication. Gary enjoys mentoring early-stage tech
companies and always welcomes the craziest ideas. He believes that diverse and
professional teams, a strong element of mentorship, and a powerful network are key
factors in achieving global success for startups. Therefore, he considers the main task of
his team to “get stuff done”, providing all needed services to help promising companies
grow quickly and establish their strong position in the market.
Gary has established a strong digital presence, gaining fast momentum in the VC and
tech community. He aims his efforts to defy the widely accepted 116 statistic that 90% of
startups fail by providing better access to industry secrets that can help drive success in
an oversaturated space of entrepreneurs and ideas. For this, Gary holds community
events under the name of GSD Network and hosts several initiatives in the media space.
Firstly, GSD Presents, a show dedicated to Silicon Valley AI & Tech. Each featured
interviews with thought leaders and innovation gurus such as Daniel Kottke, one of the
original Apple team members. Over 100 episodes have aired to date. Gary's Picks,
another show created with the well-known group, VC Taskforce and moderated by Gary.
It features topics spanning visionary thinking, uncensored questions and opinionated
discussions around pressing issues that face members are hallmarks of events.
Gary also takes part in a series of webinars “How to Go Global” organized by GSD
Venture Studio together with the Israeli Export Institute to provide exclusive access for
Israeli companies and startups to the U.S. and international mentorship, knowledge,
networks, and connections. And launched a Silicon Valley show for entrepreneurs -
“How to Build a Unicorn.” The conversations in the show feature entrepreneurial hacks
and discussions from the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs from around the world.
The speakers, led by Gary, discuss valuable questions such as how to build a successful
team, how to find the right advisors and investors, what some of the pitfalls of building a
startup could be to look out for, etc. Gary serves many roles and responsibilities with
utmost dedication and diligence. For many founders, he is known as an honorary judge
of startup competitions such as the Unicorn Cup. And for venture capitalists - as a
reliable partner and a successful investor. Having over 25 years of experience in AI, Gary
regularly shares his expertise from such big stages as the World AI Summit, the South
Summit, the Startup World Cup Summit, United Nations as well as from the pages of
Forbes, CIO Today, and Bizboard. To this day, he has written over 180 articles and took
part in hundreds of international events. Recently, he was named one of the “Top 10
Most Influential AI Executives” by Analytics Insights.
Gary’s personal motto is “Visualize what you want and focus!”
HOW TO DRIVE GROWTH ON
1) Understanding the startup marketing landscape
2) The significance of understanding the target audience
3) The power of content marketing in establishing thought leadership
4) Collaborating with influencers and running targeted ads for better reach
5) Referral and word-of-mouth marketing
6) Growth hacking techniques
7) The benefits of partnerships and collaborations
8) Email Marketing and Automation
HOW TO BUILD A UNICORN
1) How to build a successful team.
2) Super Scaling tips
3) How has the digital transformation impacted going global?
4) How to find the right advisors and investors?
5) What are the key characteristics of successful startup entrepreneurs?
6) What are the keys to successful company building?
7) What are some of the pitfalls of building a startup?
HOW TO SECURE INVESTMENT FOR YOUR STARTUP
1) Understanding Investment
2) Preparing for Investment
3) Building Relationships with Investors
4) Crafting Your Pitch
5) Pitch Deck Essentials
6) Finding Investors
7) Navigating the Investment Process
8) Demonstrating Traction and Proof of Concept
9) Investment Considerations and Terms