These Israelis Went From Brothers in Arms to Real Estate Business Partners

In the booming world of real estate in Israel and abroad, companies that have arisen from the pressure cooker of elite IDF units are morphing into successful enterprises

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Venn founders Or Bokobza and Chen Avni. “I knew I had friends with whom it was possible to found anything,” Bokobza says.
Venn founders Or Bokobza and Chen Avni. “I knew I had friends with whom it was possible to found anything,” Bokobza says.

A decade ago, Or Bokobza was a combat soldier in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit of the Israel Defense Forces, serving with his group of comrades-in-arms for what he describes as eight super-intense years, including a stint in the career army, lugging heavy loads and marching endless kilometers. At the time, he surely never imagined that in a few years he would be involved in the development and management of residential projects in the United States – all from a spacious office in Manhattan. Not very long after completing his army service, Bokobza, who is 35 today, became one of the founders of Venn, a company that has raised $100 million from investors, is active in the United States and has high hopes for changing standards for urban life and encouraging neighborliness in big cities around the world as well.

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