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Andrey Shirben

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Andrey Shirben is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of SYD Ventures, a venture company that invests in early-stage startups, and founder partner of Follow[the]Seed, a global VC fund for companies seeking post-seed investment. Over a venture and investment career that began when he was just 19, Andrey has established a dozen of his own companies and invested in 50 more early stage startups across Israel, Asia, US & Australia. Other notable investments have included Storwize, which was sold to IBM for $140 million and Face.com, which was sold to Facebook for a rumoured $100 million. Andrey was also the first investor in Kenshoo Ltd, an Israeli predictive marketing SaaS company and a global market leader in the space, ranked as one of the top Israeli Unicorns. Andrey’s approach to investment combines his technical background with online marketing, monetisation and business experience. Andrey is a very active and involved investor, receiving over a 1,000 pitches a year from 20 countries. He also mentors many of his investees to help them build their ideas into great companies and is regularly asked to participate in panels and give keynote speeches on investing in startups and scaling them. Andrey believes in algorithmic investment and has co-developed RavingFans™ a unique data driven decision support model/algorithm, which helps identify "habit forming" products and companies at a very early stage. While economist and antitrust regulators look for market share in a given category, and investors analyse companies (number of users, growth rates, etc.), the RavingFans™ model provides a unique competitive advantage in its examination of user psychology at early stage. Originally from Tel Aviv, Andrey now lives in Sydney Australia. His new fund, Follow[the]Seed, is being managed out of Sydney and its operation span across Australia, United States, China and Israel.

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