Eyal has been a venture-backed technology entrepreneur for over 20 years. He was the Founder of MetaCafe, Israel’s fastest growing video sharing site, reaching over 50 million unique users at its peak. Before that, Eyal founded Contact Networks, one of the first online social networks. Eyal has been an outspoken thought leader on cryptocurrency and the Internet long tail in Israel. He’s also a talented pianist and bass musician. Currently, Eyal is the architect of the Bancor protocol, the Bancor Network Token (BNT), and the suite of end-user products that utilize it.
Mr. Hertzog got his start in the technology industry in the Israeli army, where he served four years as an IT department manager for the Intelligence Core. After leaving the military in 1997, he joined serial networking startup Class Data Systems as an application marketing engineer. The company was later sold to Cisco for $50 million, and Mr. Hertzog invested his windfall from the deal into his first startup, Contact Networks.
In the rare break from spending long hours honing Metacafe’s product strategy, meeting with partners and investors, or thinking about Metacafe’s vision to become the highest-quality video destination site on the Internet, Mr. Hertzog plays in two bands. The accomplished musician plays bass guitarist for Israeli rock band, as well as Live Covers, which plays worldwide and has appeared on international television. He also studies psychology and practices windsurfing and snowboarding.