Tomer Kagan

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Tomer Kagan
Born (1983-10-17) October 17, 1983 (age 37) [1]
Alma mater University of California, Santa Cruz
Occupationformer Chief Strategy Officer of Quixey

Tomer Kagan (born October 17, 1983) [1] is an Israeli American [2] businessman and entrepreneur. He was the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of search startup Quixey. [3]

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Early life

Kagan was born in Haifa, Israel, and moved to Sunnyvale, California with his family at age four. [4] He holds a bachelor's degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from University of California, Santa Cruz, [2] and paid his way through college by starting the T-shirt company Static Printing. [5] [6] While in college, he founded and led the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. [2] After graduating, he also founded the branding company Your Logo Here. [4]

Quixey

Kagan co-founded Quixey in 2009. [6] He met his co-founder Liron Shapira, as well as many Quixey employees, through the Jewish youth organization BBYO, [4] of which he is a "longstanding member". [2] In 2011, Forbes Magazine named him one of their "30 under 30" in technology for Quixey's success. [7] According to Kagan, his aim was for Quixey to compete directly with Google in the search market. [8]

Activities

Kagan has spoken at the Mobile World Congress and World Economic Forum. [2] He is a volunteer advisor for a chapter of Aleph Zadik Aleph, the fraternity branch of BBYO. [4] Kagan is also a board member of [4] and donor to [9] the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, an artificial intelligence nonprofit, and is a supporter of effective altruism. [2] He identifies as a "futurist", and works with the National Science Foundation on emerging technologies. [10] [11]

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