When it comes to his educational pursuits, Gavrieli draws inspiration from his father, who from Iran entered the United States as a political exile in the 1970s. Today, Gavrieli’s father holds a position as a professor at Hofstra University.
While the startup that brought Gavrieli into the entrepreneurship fold was an unforeseen event, new technologies have enabled him to exploit a rapidly developing industry to build a brand with sustainable growth. While an Israeli citizen, Gavrieli moved to Cyprus in 2005 to pursue graduate studies in finance. He returned to Israel to work as a consultant for McKinsey and then left the field to start a company focused on providing educational materials in English to foreign businessmen.
This then led him to an opportunity to found the company K-File, which was incorporated in London. The company provides small business owners in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and the Netherlands with online filing services to help them manage their corporate taxes.
Admittedly not someone to consider yourself a hero, Kfir Gavrieli, CEO and founder of Tieks, admits, “the best thing about building Tieks is never feeling like I’m making a difference. A lot of people want to be heroes, but it’s not a good way to live.” He recalls one particular difficult decision his family had to make at the age of 15.
His mother was a seamstress and asked Kfir to sew her winter coat. Kfir, realizing he could make some money, decided to create a comfortable, fashion-forward shoe line called Tieks. Tieks has been recognized in magazines such as The Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc.
He later found that these shoes were popular, as were his designs, expanding to other products. He was already a multi-millionaire at only 21 years. At the age of 22, Kfir Gavrieli bought his first pair of leather ballet flats from a Parisian department store. A factory worker in Israel, he’d been saving up for his daughter’s ballet classes and had just enough to afford the shoes. But this was just the beginning for Gavrieli, who felt compelled to spread the gospel of the flats worldwide. See this page to learn more.
With the rise of COVID-19 pandemic, they came up with “Tieks for Heroes Program” that offered a one hundred dollars card gift to the first respondents of the Operation #SewTogether campaign, nurses, doctors, and military service team. Tieks Company is a popular lender at KIVA and has extended microloans to women of color worthy ten million dollars and above.
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