Speakers

Speakers

gregory bondar

Sr. Director of BI Data Services and System – Wix.com

gregory bondarGregory Bondar is Sr. Director of BI Data Services and System at Wix.com. He is working on development of BI and complex event processing (CEP) platform, which is based on wide range of the technologies: Hadoop, HBase, Pig, Oozie, Zookeeper, Flume, Storm, Esper. As VP of R&D of several start-up companies he was responsible for architecture design and implementation of online consumer services, Telco and Enterprise-grade SaaS applications, data center automation and cloud management platforms, virtualization solutions. He is Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Aviation, Russia, with over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, 14 patents and 13 scientific publications.

motty cohen

chief architect – eXelate

motty cohenMotty Cohen has over 18 years of experience in Hi-Tech industry serving in various executive positions: Head of R&D, Head of Innovation, CTO and Chief Architect.

Innovative, technology visionary with strong and diverse background and proven track record in leading complex, mission critical, large scale distributed systems’ architecture and development.

elad efraim

chief technology officer and co-founder – eXelate

elad efraimWith over fifteen years of experience in software development, Elad infuses a deep understanding of web technology within online media, combined with exceptionally honed execution skills to his leadership role at eXelate. Elad is responsible for eXelate’s overall technology direction and translating market demand and customer experience into technology solutions that simplify and scale data transactions. By building eXelate’s premier data platform among other products, Elad aligns the product and technology vision with the overall business strategy of the company.

Prior to eXelate, Elad was a Product Manager at Oridian where he helped build the company into a global online advertising powerhouse. Previously, he led the development of the mobile product at TopImageSystems and was the lead system engineer at eMobilis.

Elad served as the head of the programming education department at the IDF Computer Studies Academy (Mamram) and holds a B.A. in logistics and computer science from Bar-Ilan University.

oren ellenbogen

engineer – commerce sciences

Oren EllenbogenOren Ellenbogen is an Engineer at Commerce Sciences, where he focuses on building the company’s data infrastructure.

Prior to Commerce Sciences, Oren served as Director of Engineering at Delver (acquired by Sears), Technical Lead at Mercury and helped various startups as a teenager, before joining 180 (Israeli Air Force). Oren also runs SoftwareLeadWeekly, a free weekly email, for busy people who care about people, culture and leadership.

Oren writes regularly on his blog, tweets @orenellenbogen and lectures at ILTechTalk.

adam fisher

Partner – Bessemer Venture Partners

adam-fisher-150Adam Fisher is a partner at BVP, where he manages the firm’s Herzliya office focused on investments in Israel and Europe. He joined BVP in 2007 after 9 years with Jerusalem Venture Partners, where he was partner in their New York, Jerusalem and Beijing offices.

Adam covers several areas of investment at BVP, but is focused primarily on consumer/SMB Internet and SaaS companies, such as Wix, Fiverr, MyHeritage, Soluto, BillGuard, Wandera and Dynamic Yield in his current portfolio. He is also focused on disruptive technology companies in sectors such data center, storage and wireless, where his current portfolio includes Altair, Densbits, and Ravello. Adam also serves on the board of Enforta Wireless.

During his venture career, Adam has been involved in multiple exits across sectors and geographies, including Allot Communications (ALLT), Axis Network Technology (acquired by Ace Technology), Cogent Communications (COGT), Dune Networks (acquired by Broadcom), Intucell Systems (acquired by Cisco), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Storwize (acquired by IBM), and Traffix (acquired by F5). Other past investments include Celltick and Sepaton, both of which are still private.

Adam received a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he majored in economics and international business diplomacy. Born in South Africa, Adam has lived in the US, China and Israel. Adam blogs about venture capital and Israeli high tech at Savants in the Levant.

sam machiz

Director, Product & Business Development, Ubersmith – Internap Network Services

sam machizBio coming soon…

erez mazor

Head of the Big Data Infrastructure Group – Outbrain

Erez MazorErez Mazor is heading the big data infrastructure group at Outbrain. Erez has 15 years of engineering experience in building products at scale for the financial and travel industries. Erez’s focuses on the fields of distributed systems, scalable architectures and operational efficiency.

ronen nir

General Partner – Carmel Ventures

Ronen Joined Carmel Ventures in February 2008 and currently serves as a General Partner. Ronen investment areas focus on SaaS, big data, cyber security and internet and he is currently a board member in Real Match, Samanage, ironSource, Perfecto Mobile, Kampyle, Shunra and Axxana. Before joining Carmel, Ronen held senior executive positions in several leading Hi-Tech companies, including a VP Product in Verint Systems’ ACS division; and a Project Team Manager in ECtel Ltd (NASDAQ:ECTX), in charge of delivering large scale, multi million dollars projects to North and Latin America regions.

Ronen served 13 years in an elite Israeli Defense Forces’ Intelligence Unit where he holds a rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Res.). He holds a B.A. (Com Laude) in Economics and Middle-East history from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and an M.Sc in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

ilan ravid

Director of Technology and Development Group, Advance Risk Science – Paypal

Ilan RavidOver 20 year of experience in computer science , B.SC in Mathematics & Software Engineering & MBA from Tel Aviv University ,starting in IDF ,through hi tech experience in startups , small and big companies , practicing and leading software engineering teams trough the life cycle of scalable products via Software Engineering , Development , Deployment and Operations.

mark siegel

Managing Director – Menlo Ventures

mark-a-siegelMark has been with Menlo Ventures since 1996. His current investment interests are in next-generation data center technologies, SaaS software, and Adtech. Mark’s current board seats also include Media6Degrees, Voltage Security, GetAround, Tintri, Pluribus Networks, DropCam, and Invidi Technologies. Prior to joining Menlo Ventures, Mark worked at Oracle Corporation and Netscape.

Mark is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. in Physics with Electrical Engineering) and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.). Mark is also an active mentor and angel investor for very early stage companies that have incredible teams and ideas for disrupting existing industries. Some of his personal investments have included Discovery Engine, Talenthouse, 21E6, and Renovo Motors.

evangelos simoudis

Sr. Managing Director – Trident Capital

EvangelosSimoudisEvangelos Simoudis is a Sr. Managing Director of Trident. Evangelos joined Trident Capital in 2005. Evangelos focuses on investments in Internet and software businesses.
Prior to Trident, Evangelos spent 5 years as a partner at Apax Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm where he invested and served on the boards of early and mid-stage IT companies. At Apax he also chaired the firm’s IT advisory board.

Prior to entering venture capital, Evangelos had more than 20 years experience in high-technology industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales and engineering. His experience as a technology executive includes serving as President and CEO of Customer Analytics, a Trident-backed, eCRM company acquired by Xchange, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAP), and as Vice President of Business Intelligence Solutions at IBM.

Evangelos’ current directorships include 8thBridge, BrightRoll, eXelate, Extole, Host Analytics and PivotLink Software. He is also a board observer for ThisMoment. Prior directorships include Acteea, Bristol Technology (acquired by Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)), Composite Software, Confluent Software (acquired by Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL)), DesiHits, Hip Digital, Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM) and Vidavee (acquired by Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN, now part of OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX)).

Evangelos earned a PhD in computer science from Brandeis University and a BS in electrical engineering from Caltech.

Read my blog at blog.tridentcap.com.

Mark Zagorski

CEO – eXelate

Mark-Zagorski-CEO-eXelateMark has been at the forefront of digital disruption since 1997 when he joined Modem Media – Poppe Tyson, a pioneering digital ad agency and the source of the web’s first banner ad. Following his agency tenure working for clients like IBM, HSBC, Priceline and Standard & Poor’s, Mark was appointed President of WorldNow, which ushered over 300 local TV stations into the digital age via video streaming and online network ad solutions. After WorldNow, he helped local newspapers evolve online, becoming Chief Marketing Officer and Corporate EVP of MediaSpan, where he led strategy, marketing and business development and built its 1400+ affiliate local ad network.

In 2008, Mark joined eXelate where he continued to drive digital innovation as an early champion of data driven programmatic media buying. As eXelate’s CEO, he has been responsible for spearheading corporate growth and driving the strategic vision of the Company’s industry-leading smart data engine. Mark led eXelate’s U.S. launch, expanded the company’s global footprint to over 700M unique users worldwide, and was instrumental in closing $28M in Series B and C funding, while creating long-term relationships with data powerhouses like Nielsen and MasterCard.

Mark received his MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business and a BS in Finance from Gannon University, where he was awarded the University’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vibrant Media.