About Us

Pittsburgh Israel Innovation

We offer a set of business connection services to create strong, sustainable economic bridges between Pittsburgh and Israel. As a socially responsible business designed to improve Pittsburgh’s economy, 412×972 offers a variety of scouting and business development programs to capitalize on similarities between Pittsburgh and Israel’s current business needs.

Seed funding was provided through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and by private individuals and foundations. A number of organizations and individuals who care about Pittsburgh and Israel created 412×972 to create a double bottom line:

  • Create a measurable economic impact in Pittsburgh
  • Reach profitability to allow growth in the number of nurtured connections and in the range and quality of services

Leadership

In his role as Executive Director of 412×972 Pittsburgh Israel Innovation Inc — Gal designs services to connect Pittsburgh and Israeli businesses, assists these businesses in structuring ongoing business relations, and manages relationships with partner organizations and funders.

Gal has spent over a decade turning around distressed Israeli middle-market industrial companies. Since 2015 he has spent time starting up and advising tech companies. Gal specializes in business development, business planning, and sales. Gal developed expertise in Robotics business development, was and is still involved in dozens of deployments of various robotics technology developments and deployments in Israel and around the world.

  • Dror Yaron
    Dror Yaron Director of Strategic Partnerships

Director of strategic partnerships, and our boots on the ground in Pittsburgh, Dror supports productive dialogue and genuine connections between needs and solutions.

Dror spent the past decade at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, collaborating with education-technology developers, users, and stakeholders. He built context-driven tech integration strategies, centering the expertise, purpose and practice of educators and learners. In parallel to his role at 412×972, Dror leads Ethics MVP, a company that helps businesses identify, articulate, and put into action their organization’s ethical DNA.

Leadership

In his role as Executive Director of 412×972 Pittsburgh Israel Innovation Inc — Gal designs services to connect Pittsburgh and Israeli businesses, assists these businesses in structuring ongoing business relations, and manages relationships with partner organizations and funders.

Gal has spent over a decade turning around distressed Israeli middle-market industrial companies. Since 2015 he has spent time starting up and advising tech companies. Gal specializes in business development, business planning, and sales. Gal developed expertise in Robotics business development, was and is still involved in dozens of deployments of various robotics technology developments and deployments in Israel and around the world.

  • Dror Yaron
    Dror Yaron Director of Strategic Partnerships

Director of strategic partnerships, and our boots on the ground in Pittsburgh, Dror supports productive dialogue and genuine connections between needs and solutions.

Dror spent the past decade at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, collaborating with education-technology developers, users, and stakeholders. He built context-driven tech integration strategies, centering the expertise, purpose and practice of educators and learners. In parallel to his role at 412×972, Dror leads Ethics MVP, a company that helps businesses identify, articulate, and put into action their organization’s ethical DNA.

Board of Directors

  • Andy Rabin
    Andy Rabin
  • Brian Eglash
    Brian Eglash
  • David Kalson
    David Kalson
  • Ilana Diamond
    Ilana Diamond
  • Jeff Finkelstein
    Jeff Finkelstein

Advisory Board

  • Audrey Russo
    Audrey Russo
  • Craig Blank
    Craig Blank
  • Hahna Alexander
    Hahna Alexander
  • Marc Brown
    Marc Brown
  • Stefani Pashman
    Stefani Pashman

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