Israel Ganot

Israel Ganot

Managing Director, MassChallenge Israel

Israel is responsible for the strategic direction of MassChallenge’s activities in Israel and oversees the in-country operations.Israel is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur in the eCommerce, consumer Internet, and mobile space. Most recently, he was co-founder and CEO of Gazelle, the company that pioneered and has become the leading consumer brand in the mobile device reCommerce space. During his tenure at Gazelle, Israel led the company from an idea to over $100 million in revenue. In recognition of his success at Gazelle, the Boston Business Journal selected him as Emerging Leader for its Best Green Practices awards in 2012 and Ernst & Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in both 2009 and 2012.Prior to Gazelle, Israel spent six years at eBay, Inc. where he was instrumental in the company’s acquisition of PayPal and eBay’s expansion to Europe, Latin America and Asia. Israel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He grew up in Israel, and after spending the last 25 years in the U.S., Israel moved back to Israel with his wife and three daughters.