Highlights of the
March 2001 High Tech Mission — April 4, 2001
Einstein Technology Honorees recieving their Award from Prime Minister Netanyahu
Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert and former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented the coveted Albert Einstein Technology Medal to 16 high tech industry leaders at a gala ceremony in Jerusalem on March 22, 2001. The honorees participated in the extraordinary weeklong Second Annual Einstein Awards & Senior Level High Tech Mission to Israel, sponsored by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah, meeting with Israel's top leadership, including President Moshe Katsav and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
Among the 2001 Albert Einstein honorees were Walt Disney Internet Group Chairman Steve Bornstein, Bessemer Venture Partners Managing General Partner David Cowan, Beneventure Capital founder Gil Amelio (formerly National Semiconductor Chairman and CEO and Apple Computer President), ATT.com President Tsvi Gal, Innovation Investment's Eric Greenberg (founder and former chair of Viant, Scient, and 12 Entrepreneuring), JUMP Investor Founder & President Randall Kaplan, TechSpan Chairman and CEO Arjun Malhotra, Century Investment Group's Founder, Chair & CEO Omar Salah, and MyWeb-Inc.com and WizOffice.com's Founder & CEO Danny Toe.
Previous Albert Einstein Technology medallists include AOL Investment's Lennert J. Leader, Infospace.com's Naveen Jain, National Semiconductor's Brian Halla, Commtouch's Isabel Maxwell, Red Herring's Tony Perkins and EarthWeb's Jack Hidary.
The Albert Einstein Technology Award salutes the high tech industry's vanguard. With their vision, they have revolutionized the perception of time and space, linking mankind with ever growing speed and ingenuity. Their cutting-edge breakthroughs have empowered countless others.
The mission was an outstanding experience. Top high tech pacesetters from the United States, Canada, China, Jordan and Russia met with Silicon Wadi's leading CEO's and venture capitalists to explore strategic partnerships and joint ventures. The first senior level high tech mission in 1999 led to nearly $40 million in direct investment in Israeli firms.
In addition to audiences with senior statesmen and policymakers, the group got an awesome insider's tour of the country, from a helicopter jaunt to Masada to a private viewing of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a visit to the Golan Heights, exploring the holy city of Safed in the Galilee, and whitewater rafting on the Jordan River.
Highlights of the October 1999 High Tech Mission — October 10 - 17, 1999
The first-ever Senior Level High Tech Mission to Israel was a spectacular success. Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, Rehovot Mayor Shuki Forer, Ariel Mayor Ron Nachman and the Jerusalem Fund of Aish Htorah sponsored the amazing undertaking.
US Vice President Al Gore kicked off the opening of the October 10-17, 1999 mission in a special video address congratulating the 26 inaugural winners of the Albert Einstein Technology Medal