Managing Partner, PICO Partners
Elie Wurtman has been founding, building and managing technology companies since the heady days of AltaVista. He started his first company immediately after graduating from Columbia University, and took three companies public. In 2003, Elie became CEO at JVP Studio in Jerusalem before joining Benchmark Capital Israel as a general partner in 2006. In 2014, Elie became executive chairman at Vroom, the world’s biggest online car store, which he helped grow into a billion-dollar company in its first year of operation.
Elie sits on the board of several companies and non-profit organizations, including Siftech (Jerusalem’s first startup accelerator); Regavim (a high school education project that integrates agricultural work with academic studies); New Spirit (an NGO that harnesses young creative forces to build a thriving creative economy); Machshava Tova (an NPO providing technological access and training to underserved populations in Israel); the Batsheva Dance Company; and the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.
In parallel to his work at PICO Partners, Elie invests time and passion into PICO Kids, a breakthrough initiative he launched to enrich and strengthen STEEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Math) in his hometown of Jerusalem.