Avi is General Partner at Cognitiv Ventures, Israel’s most active early-stage venture fund, seeding and scaling high-tech companies that are computing and actuating the connected world. Cognitiv Ventures attracts extraordinary entrepreneurs with innovative technologies seeking to disrupt huge markets in our areas of expertise.
Avi is also the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of XponentialWorks™, a venture investment and product development company that is monetizing the upside of disruption from exponential-tech convergence.
For the previous twelve years, Avi served as 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Under Avi’s leadership, 3D Systems emerged as a formidable global 3D printing provider with revenue growth exceeding 6 fold and market valuation growing over 12 fold. During his tenure the company was ranked the 13th most Innovative Growth Company in the world by Forbes in 2014 and was named the 5th Fastest Growing Company in the U.S. and the country’s 2nd Fastest Growing Tech Company by Fortune Magazine in 2013.
For the preceding twenty-two years, Avi held senior executive leadership positions with Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) a leading global provider of food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions.
Currently, Avi sits on the Board of Directors of Harman International (NYSE: HAR) a leading provider of connected productsAvi is also Founder and Chairman of Centaur, ElasticMedia, Nexa3D, and Apollo Robotics. In 2014 Avi was named as one of the Top 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream by Popular Mechanics Magazine. The same year he delivered a visionary TED talk titled ‘what’s next in 3D printing’ that was already viewed by over 2.4 million viewers. In 2013, Avi was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 business leaders, in 2012, he received the Financial Times Boldness in Business award and in 2011 he was a recipient of the 2011 E&Y Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Avi is an active inventor who holds 25 patents. He is part of Singularity University’s core faculty, serves as a Trustee of Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian’s Design Museum and is a member of the XPRIZE Innovation Board.