Izhar Shay

Managing General Partner with Canaan Partners Israel
  • Izhar Shay is a Managing General Partner with Canaan Partners Israel. Izhar focuses on investments in Mobile, Digital Media, Internet, Communications and Software. He is a board member at Drupe, RegulusX Cyber, Rollout.io, Algomizer (TASE: Algomizer), Viewbix and LiveU, and until recently he was a board member at Prime Sense, which was acquired by Apple, and N-trig, acquired by Microsoft.

With more than 25 years of operational experience as a successful entrepreneur, Izhar was previously Chairman and CEO of V-Secure Technologies, and CEO and co-founder of Business Layers. Both companies have reached a successful exit under Izhar’s management.


Izhar writes a weekly column in Globes, Israel’s leading financial newspaper, and is a frequent speaker on Israeli TV and Radio and in various industry conferences. He is the founder of “Start-Up Stadium”, the largest on-line community for high-tech entrepreneurs in Israel, with more than 40,000 members. Izhar was selected recently by Geektime as one of the top 100 influencers in the Israeli high-tech. He is also the founder and anchor in “High-Tech Ba’Pkakim”, a weekly radio and Facebook Live show that covers the Israeli high-tech scene, with tens of thousands of weekly followers.


Izhar is the Chairman of Tzahala, a volunteer based non-for-profit organization, which focuses on giving Israeli youngsters an equal opportunity to excel and to realize their personal potential as they turn into young adults.


Izhar Shay has published two books: “As Beautiful As You” (Israel, Hard Copy 2009, and an English edition on Amazon) and “Corner Kick” (Israel, 2013).


Izhar was a paratrooper and an officer in the Israeli Defense Army (IDF).