Gil Shwed and Checkpoint

While unknown by most American Jews, Gil Shwed is a role model entrepreneur for Israel. He is most admired because he founded and grew Check Point, the global leader in Internet security (think firewall and anti-hacker programs).

Gil spoke with our group in his office. Contrary to convention, it is no longer true that the best business model for Israeli companies is to base in the US and use Israeli engineers—this is a big issue here. Gil runs a global company with management both in the US and Israel. Israel is a very good place to start and grow a business and Gil feels he has fewer problems and disincentives in Israel than he has in Silicon Valley.

Gil is a global business leader and frequently commutes to the SF Bay Area fro business. He has created great regional wealth in both places.


2 Responses to “Gil Shwed and Checkpoint”

  1. Ellen Tobe Says:

    hello Jeff
    I’m enjoying reading your blog – have recently started my own ( It sounds like a very interesting trip. I’m heading to Israel for the first ten days of May, on a very unofficial and spontaneous trip – a chance to reconnect with the land and with friends. I lived there for many years, and miss it alot! – had great experiences working in high tech while there. Hello to Ilene! Chag sameach to you both!

  2. Humanity and vision in Israel | Says:

    […] video of our conversation with Shwed later this month at Jeff Saperstein has more here. And Renee Blodgett has a thorough writeup […]

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