Confidant, Coach, and Counselor for CEOs

Silicon Valley, CA

Coached over a hundred CEOs over the last two decades. As a confidant and coach, provides a sounding board for CEOs. Offers input and coaching on matters related to building and managing a company, a team, investors, and a board. Supports the development of greater inspirational leadership in CEOs. Works on enhancing leadership power by tapping into and developing one’s purpose, passion, authentic presence, and by creating and mobilizing deeper meaning through work. Also works on managing stress and enhancing well being given the inherent challenges of the job. Offers 360-degree feedback based on interviews with executive staff, and board members. Facilitates peer-support group for CEOs.


Clinical Psychologist

Silicon Valley, CA

Licensed Clinical Psychologist working with individuals, couples, and groups. Completed several internships and 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience before receiving CA license in the beginning of 2012. Specializes in executive-oriented counseling and couples’ therapy. Experience working with anxiety and mood problems (depression, bipolar, etc.); working with existential/identity crisis of meaning (e.g. the “mid-life crisis”); and spiritual development. Also has experience working with issues of gender, sexuality, and relationship satisfaction, plus issues related to bereavement, aging, and death. Also has conceived and led groups focusing on romantic relationships, and one on the roles of work, money, and meaning in our lives.


Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford, CA

Co-leads and facilitates process training groups (t-groups) designed to help participants develop greater emotional intelligence, interpersonal effectiveness, and authentic leadership among MBA students.


Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

Palo Alto, CA

PhD in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology. Clinical interests in interpersonal mindfulness, somatics, trauma, and the healing value of awareness in the here-and-now. Dissertation research done on the development and application of a model of inspirational leadership grounded in spiritual intelligence. (Results show its strong contribution to effective business leadership in a study with 42 company CEOs and 210 members of their staff.) Wrote “Spiritually Intelligent Leadership: How to Inspire by Being Inspired,” a guide on harness spiritual intelligence for effective leadership and greater well-being.


Valicert Inc.

Palo Alto, CA

CEO. Joined a two-person technical team as founding CEO. Developed business plan, raised funding, and built the management team and organization to over 250 people spanning multiple countries and locations. Sustained revenue growth at a rate of over 100% for more than five years and executed a successful IPO. Instituted an employee development process that utilized 360-degree feedback for all team members. Successfully integrated the culture of several acquired companies. Implemented corporate restructurings to cut costs as the tech economy softened. Cultivated and developed successor.


Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Funds

Redwood City, CA

Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Developed and analyzed new business opportunities, ultimately leading to several successful investments with remarkable ROIs.


Individual Inc.

Burlingame, MA

Founder/Chairman/CEO. Conceived new business concept pioneering the world of personalized newspapers and interactive media. Built management team and cultivated unique culture that balanced team spirit with emphasis on self-actualization and personal growth through the development of clear mission and values statements, resulting in high employee commitment and low turnover. Raised funding from premiere VCs and corporate partners, including Kleiner Perkins, Knight-Ridder, and Microsoft. Developed partnerships with AOL, Lotus/IBM, and Microsoft. Successfully completed IPO. Grew annual revenues, from $800 thousand in 1991 to $24 million in 1996.


Aegis Venture Funds

Lexington, MA

Associate. Evaluated various business plans and ideas for early-stage venture capital partnership, ultimately leading to the formation of Individual.


Rational Software

Santa Clara, CA

Manager, Product Marketing. Recruited and led the product management team through various product cycles as revenues grew from zero to over $20M annually for this dominant provider of software development tools.


Harvard Business School

Boston, MA

MBA. Received first and second year honors. Graduated in the top 10% of the class.



Cambridge, MA

Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Authored thesis. GPA: 5.0/5.0.
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Authored thesis. GPA: 5.0/5.0.


Israeli Air Force


Entered as a Private and received five promotions. Attained the fastest promotion record in the history of the regiment and ended tour-of-duty as Sergeant Major. Received numerous awards for commanding and leadership abilities.

Papers, Blogs, and Books

For my book, see Spiritually Intelligent Leadership:  How to Inspire by Being Inspired

For academic and other papers, see

For other blog posts, see