Alan Weinkrantz, a serial promoter of Israeli high-tech startups to American audiences, was killed when a driver lost control of his car and smashed into a Tel Aviv restaurant.

Born in Texas, Weinkrantz shuttled between his home in San Antonio and Israel for more than two decades, according to his LinkedIn profile. He served as brand ambassador to Israel for Rackspace Hosting Inc. and conducted and disseminated interviews with Israeli entrepreneurs in an informal style befitting the industry: casual dress and filmed with a smartphone. 

"Alan, with his motto of ‪#‎BeingHelpful‬, was an inspiration for me, while his contribution for so many young entrepreneurs is unheard of," Yaron Reich, founder and chief executive officer of Nooly Technologies, said on his Facebook page. "There are so many entrepreneurs and startups that owe Alan, at least a portion, of their success."

Jonathan Medved, chief executive officer of Jerusalem-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, said he would often encounter Weinkrantz at tech events.

"Alan was about using social media for social good, and his idea of social good was startups and Israel," Medved said by telephone. "He will be sorely missed and there’s no one to replace him."

Weinkrantz, who died Saturday night, is survived by his children Aaron and Lauren, who live in New York, according to San Antonio Express-News.

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