David Heller has been active in Japan-Israel businesses since 1990 and in managing venture capital investments in Israel since 1996.
In 1996, after returning from a 5-year period of study and work in Japan, David co-founded Israel International Fund, which was the 1st Israeli VC fund structured exclusively for Japanese investors. Later, IIF merged with Vertex Ventures (currently, one of the largest Israeli VC firms) and David became a General Partner and a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of Vertex. Among his responsibilities in Vertex, he is in charge of the relationships with the firm’s Japanese investors. (Most of Vertex investors are Japanese: 29 Japanese business corporations and financial institutions; this is the largest number of Japanese investors among any Israeli VC funds; among them, 5 of the Top-10 Japanese industrial companies and 3 of the Top-10 Japanese financial institutions.)
David also co-founded Corundum Open Innovation Fund, the 2nd Israeli VC fund structured exclusively for Japanese investors, where he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee. In addition to making of VC investments, Corundum established Joy Ventures, an Innovation Center in Israel financed by Japanese investors; David serves as a member of the Board of Directors of this Innovation Center.
David is a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of SBI Japan-Israel Innovation Fund, a VC fund for investments in Israel established and controlled by SBI Holdings.
In addition to managing of VC investments, David has been initiating and facilitating numerous direct investment and business transactions between Japanese corporations (investors in the above mentioned funds) and Israeli high-tech companies.
In 1990-1995, David lived in Japan, studied in Kyoto University and later worked as a foreign legal counsel at the law firm of Wakabayashi & Watanabe in Tokyo where he focused on cross-border investments and M&As in Asia.
In 1985, David became a lawyer in Israel and was an associate and later a partner in the law firm of Yossi Avraham in Tel Aviv where he specialized in investment and M&A transactions.
David holds an LL.B from the Hebrew University, Israel (1984), and an LL.M from Kyoto University, Japan (1992).