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OD Kobo

O.D. Kobo
Born Hong Kong
Citizenship Israel
Occupation Internet Entrepreneur
Net worth $110 million (est. 2015)

Oded David "O.D." Kobo (Hebrew: עודד קובו‎; born August 30, 1975) is a serial Internet entrepreneur, computer programmer and angel investor.[1][2][3]

A strong influence in a number of innovative start-ups over the last few years. Kobo started his IT career at the age of 21 by developing patented technology for the online lottery industry. He later established IT outsource facilities in Israel and China, which led him to co-found several Chinese Internet companies namely KGIM, SinoSheen and Koolanoo Group. KGIM a holding group of multiple Internet companies and a seed investment group was once partnered with the former Prime Minister of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani and later sold to East River Capital for US $80 million. [4]

Kobo had also founded Pheed, a popular teen social media app that was launched in November 2012 and sold in March 2014 to Mobli Media Group a subsidiary of Carlos Slim for US $40 million.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Kobo is an investor and board member in several IT companies including Rubbr, Ginseng Life, Shellanoo Group and most recently Music Messenger, a popular music messaging service. Kobo is partnered in Music Messenger with David Guetta, Avicii, Will.I.Am, Tiësto, Sebastian Ingrosso, Nicki Minaj, ABBA, Ash Pournouri and the former chairman of Geffen Records Gee Roberson amongst others high profile executives from the music industry. Music Messenger launched September 21, 2014 on both iPhone and Android devices and was reported on April 20, 2015 to be growing at a rate of 1 million new users per month.[13][14][15] On April 20, 2015 billionaire businessman and owner of Chelsea Football Club Roman Abramovich partnered with Kobo in Music Messenger by taking the lead in a $30 million investment round valuing the company at over $100 million.[16][17][18]

Kobo sits on the board of several start-up companies in both Asia and Israel.[19][20] He is a former Board Director of Camden Market Holdings, a real estate conglomerate based in London, England owner of the iconic Camden Market, Stables Market and Camden Lock Developments. Camden Market Holdings was sold in March 2014 for US $664 million to Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi of Playtech.[21]

Further reading

OD Kobo interview with Bloomberg Television


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