Ezequiel (Eze) Vidra is an experienced product and business development Internet professional. Eze is a Strategic Partnerships Development Manager at Google London, responsible for the launch of Google Shopping Spain and establishing business relationships in the commerce space across EMEA. Most recently, Eze was the Principal Product Manager of AOL Search in Europe, leading a team responsible for the user experience, monetization and distribution of AOL’s search across 18 European markets and 30 online properties. Before moving to London, Eze was a senior product manager at Ask.com in San Francisco, Product Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group in New York and team leader at Shopping.com in Israel. In 2003, he also co-founded a startup in Israel developing text input solutions for touch screens.
A native Argentinean raised in Israel, Eze is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and English. His passion for Internet startups and venture capital are evident on his blog, VC Cafe (http://www.vccafe.com) where he has obsessively profiled hundreds of Israeli startups since starting VC Cafe in 2005. Eze holds a BA in Business and IT Management from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and has recently completed his Executive MBA from London Business School with a concentration in entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is the recipient of the Coller Institute award for best venture capital management report in 2010 at London Business School and serves as a mentor in several online incubators in Europe including Seedcamp, Springboard, Launch48 and Oxygen.
Special interests include: search, Android applications, virtual goods, mobile payments and innovative eCommerce models