Itzhak Fisher is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RIDGE-LANE LP.
Mr. Fisher has three decades of mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings experience, as an entrepreneur, investment manager and acquirer. As the former Executive Vice President of Global Business Development for Nielsen, he was responsible for strategic partnerships and corporate acquisitions that enhanced Nielsen’s business capabilities. Itzhak deployed over $3 billion of investments for Nielsen, in over 30 ventures, ranging in size from $500,000 investments to over $1.3 billion. Itzhak served as the Chairman of Nielsen BuzzMetrics, the Executive Vice President of Global Product Leadership and the Executive Chairman of Nielsen’s Online division.
Prior to, Mr. Fisher executed multiple start-up-to-sale successes. He was co-founder and chairman of Trendum, a leader in Internet search and linguistic analysis technologies, leading the acquisition of BuzzMetrics, negotiated its acquisition of Intelliseek, and the subsequent sale to Nielsen.
Previously, he founded and served as CEO of RSL Communications with operations in 22 countries across four continents and more than $1.5 billion in revenues. Under Itzhak’s leadership, the business acquired a majority stake in internet protocol telephony, Delta Three Inc. for $10 million, which was separately publicly listed three years later with an initial public offering over $300 million. He also led RSL’s $33 million investment in Telegate and sold the interest two years later for €300 million. Finally, he led RSL Telecommunications’ listing on the NASDAQ at a valuation of over $1 billion.
Mr. Fisher is the General Partner of Pereg Ventures, the Chief Executive Officer of Harland Clarke Enterprise, Chairman of Brandsforce, and Executive Chairman of Churchill Ventures Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology and completed Advanced Studies in Computer Science at New York University.