Izhar Shay joined Hossen Le’Israel (No. 12) in February 2019 and became part of the Blue And White Party (No. 20) during the April 2019 elections. He was elected as a member in the Israeli 21st Parliament (Knesset).
Prior to joining the Israeli Parliament, Shay was a high-tech entrepreneur, CEO of start-up companies, member in boards of directors, mentor for entrepreneurs and a social activist.
Izhar Shay is a public figure, widely known and appreciated within the Israeli high-tech eco system and additional circles. He wrote a popular weekly column at Globes for 11 years, authored two books, founded Israel’s largest digital community for entrepreneurs (“Start-Up Stadium”) with about 45 thousand members; Also, he founded and anchored a popular radio program (“High-Tech Ba’Pkakim”), which reached tens of thousands on a weekly basis.
Izhar Shay was voted in a Geektime poll as one of the top 100 influencers in the Israeli high-tech. Also, he was selected amongst 70 high-tech role models for a special project celebrating the 70th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the State of Israel. In addition to this, Izhar was named by the VCFORU community as one of Israel’s top 20 investors for early stage ventures.
Izhar Shay accumulated 30 years of experience within the Israeli high-tech as an engineer, a manager, an entrepreneur and a venture capital investor.
Izhar Shay was previously a Managing General Partner with Canaan Partners Israel; he was a board member with promising start-up companies, some of which reached significant ‘exit’ events. Prior to joining Canaan Partners, Izhar was Chairman and CEO of V-Secure Technologies, and CEO and co-founder of Business Layers. Both companies reached a successful exit under Izhar’s management.
Izhar was the Chairman of Tzahala, a volunteer based non-for-profit organization which focuses on giving Israeli youngsters an equal opportunity to excel and to realize their personal potential as they turn into young adults. Izhar also volunteered with KamaTech, a non-for-profit organization which provides high-tech employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the Haredi community in Israel.
Izhar Shay has published two books: “As Beautiful As You” (Israel, Hard Copy 2009, and an English edition on Amazon.com) and “Corner Kick” (Israel, 2013).
Izhar Shay was a paratrooper and an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He holds a B.S.E.E. from the Technion, as an Electronics Engineer.