Welcome Tony Saigh to lool ventures!
Our commitment to working in close partnership with founders in the startup journey holds as true today as to when we first started lool.
With that in mind, we are excited to share news with you of our investment in that commitment with the appointment of Tony Saigh as VP Value Creation at lool. Tony is responsible for defining and building out lool’s value creation platform to support our portfolio on the journey towards global success and further increase our ability to contribute to the Israeli startup ecosystem.
Here is what you should know about Tony:
Tony moved to Israel with his wife and four children from London in the summer of 2017. He first came to Israel in 2000 and soon after joined NomadIQ, a mobile location based services startup, in a business development role. After NomadIQ’s acquisition by OmniSky (NASDAQ:OMNY) in 2001, Tony was relocated back to London.
He was an early Skype senior hire in 2005, a founding member of the mobile team that grew the business from 0–100m mobile users. While at Skype, Tony was instrumental in establishing and growing its mobile business from early inception, driving product strategy and executing strategic partnerships across the mobile ecosystem.
He and his team successfully launched a revolutionary mobile experience and business model with a dedicated Skypephone across 8 markets in Europe and Asia in 2007. He built a global team to scale the platform through strategic partnerships in the US with Verizon and KDDI in Japan and over 30 product and distribution partnerships that further accelerated user growth and revenues. He also led Skype’s emerging market strategy that saw Skype’s entry into mobile first markets including Indonesia and India and was part of the team that saw the business through IPO planning to Microsoft’s $8.5bn acquisition of Skype in 2011.
After leaving Skype in 2013, he worked closely with founders of UK and US startups including SwiftKey (acquired by Microsoft in 2015) and Breyer Capital backed cybersecurity company Wickr on growth acceleration. He also supported high impact strategic initiatives as an advisor to larger technology businesses, including Blackberry and Airbnb.
He will be bringing his hard won operational “scale up” experience and an extensive global network of customers, partners, talent and investors — working hand in hand with founders on some of the hardest challenges of growing startups. His experience and pedigree is not easily come by here in Israel, so we’re excited to have him as part of the lool family and the wider startup community!