JVP Fund Team
MK DR. Erel Margalit
Erel is the founder of JVP. From its founding in 1993 until January 2011, Erel served as the Managing Partner of JVP and helped build numerous technology companies...
Erel is the founder of JVP. From its founding until January 2011, Erel served as the Managing Partner of JVP and helped build numerous technology companies that are today global enterprises with traction in Israel, the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition to helping to orchestrate the $4.8 billion sale of Chromatis to Lucent Technologies in 2000, Erel successfully led exists such as Netro (initial public offering, JVP subsequently sold its shares at a $5.5 billion company valuation), Qlik Technologies (initial public offering in 2010, JVP subsequently sold its shares at an average $2.4 billion valuation), Precise (initial public offering and subsequently acquired by Veritas), Scorpio (acquired by US Robotics), Fundtech, ViryaNet, Jacada, Cogent and Allot among others. Since January 2011, Erel has served as Chairman of JVP. In February of 2013 Erel began his tenure as an elected Member of the Israel's 19th Knesset (the Israeli parliament) as part Israel's Labor Party. Prior to founding JVP, Erel was the Director of Business Development for the City of Jerusalem under its former Mayor, Teddy Kollek. There he was instrumental in facilitating the arrival of more than 70 technology firms to the city, including Digital, IBM and many others that gave rise to the burgeoning technology community that drives the Israeli economy today. Erel holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University
With his strong background in media related software and internet based R&D organizations...
Gadi is one of the two General Partners of JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners). With his strong background in media related software and internet based R&D organizations, Gadi oversees and leads JVP's investments in the media, web, gaming and application space. Gadi serves as a board member of Cyber-Ark, having orchestrated the most recent investment round by JVP, as well as Siano Mobile, Funtactix, Infinite Memory, ComQi, Double Fusion and Playcast. Gadi’s track record in the digital media space has provided him with strong domain expertise in both the consumer infrastructure world and service provider needs.
Prior to JVP, Gadi was Corporate VP of Product Marketing and member of the executive committee for NDS, a leader in digital pay-TV systems, supporting some of the largest digital broadcast platforms such as DIRECTV, BSkyB, Canal Digital and more. In recent weeks it was announced that Cisco Systems was due to acquire NDS for $5bn. At NDS, Gadi established the business of digital interactive TV in the late 90s, catering to the likes of Sky Sports, MTV, Discovery, QVC and other leading TV channels.
Prior to NDS, Gadi held a variety of positions in software and Internet-based R&D organizations, including Director of Product Marketing at ServiceSoft Corp.
Gadi holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics as well as an Executive MBA from the Hebrew University.
Kobi brings over 25 years of experience in senior management positions at global companies...
Kobi brings over 25 years of experience in senior management positions at global companies. A recognized expert in the semiconductor field with substantial experience in nurturing and growing companies into market-leading positions, Kobi enhances JVP's ability to identify and guide the most promising early stage companies. Kobi serves as a board member of JVP’s portfolio companies such as Altair, Infinite Memories and XtremIO. Previously, Kobi served as a member of the Board of Directors of Saifun, a leading provider of IP solutions for the non-volatile memory market. Kobi served as a board member of Dune Networks, a JVP portfolio company, which was sold to Broadcom.
In his earlier position as COO and then as President of Saifun, then a publicly listed company on NASDAQ, Kobi was responsible for forming and executing the company’s business strategy, spearheading the company’s evolution from a start-up into a dominant, market leading, global IP company. Prior to joining Saifun, Kobi served for over a decade as Managing Director, Director of Operations and VP of Business Development at Kulicke and Soffa Industries, a leading supplier of equipment for the semiconductor industry. Kobi also served as Manager of Financial Planning and Control at Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT), a global Israeli defense electronics supplier. Kobi holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Management and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technion - The Israel Institute of Technology.
Haim is one of the foremost experts in the field of database and business process technologies in the world today...
Haim is one of the foremost experts in the field of database and business process technologies in the world today. Founder and former CTO of Precise! Software Solutions, a JVP portfolio company and a provider of business and e-commerce application performance management solutions, Haim developed Precise from its founding in 1990 through a successful IPO in 2000. In 2003, Precise was acquired by Veritas for $609 million (then NASDAQ: VRTS). With vast experience and contacts in the fields of enterprise software, storage, data and content management, and security technologies, Haim is an invaluable resource for JVP’s current portfolio and investment team, providing thought leadership and resources for business development. Haim is a board member of JVP’s portfolio companies Qlipso, Navajo, Leadspace, CrossReader, TOK and Earnix.
Before joining Precise, Haim was a consultant with SCP Systems, and a systems analyst for the Israeli Defense Forces. With over 20 years of high-tech experience, Haim’s reputation and in-depth knowledge of the sector helped to make Precise an industry leader. In his capacity as venture partner, Haim is instrumental in finding and evaluating new investments within his areas of expertise, as well as providing guidance to JVP and its entire portfolio.
Haim served as a board member of Zoomix, a JVP portfolio company, which was acquired by Microsoft in July 2008, and as a board member of Navajo Systems, which was acquired by Salesforce.com in August 2011.
Haim holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Bar Ilan University, and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Uri joined JVP with extensive experience in internet and new media...
Uri joined JVP with extensive experience in internet and new media, gained from his prior position as the CEO of MSN Israel. In the past twelve years Uri has been one of the new media pioneers, who saw the many stages that the internet, mobile and TV went through. Prior to his work at Microsoft,
Uri was a partner and a co-CEO at Geller-Nessis Leo Burnett Advertising Agency, working with leading brands such as Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Philips and Energizer. Prior to that, he was a senior strategic planner at Fogel-Levin / Ogilvy Israel, working with brands such as IBM, Unilever, Adidas, Philip Morris and others. His vast experience in advertising and strategic planning gave him the position of an "evangelist" in the fast growing online advertising market.
Uri serves as a board member of JVP's portfolio companies Celltick, Qlipso, Tok, Apparent, CrossReader, UIU and Wishi.
Uri holds a BA in political science from Tel Aviv University, a professional music degree from the Rimon School of Music, and an MBA from Manchester University UK.
Yoav brings strong background and industry recognition in the fields of digital media, content
Yoav brings strong background and industry recognition in the fields of digital media, content services, telecom value-added services and business support systems. Prior to joining JVP Yoav headed Altus Media Ltd., a venture capital consulting business, providing business, strategy and operational support for VCs and digital media and content related startups, including JVP portfolio companies. Previously, Yoav spent five years as General Manager/COO and CMO of Exent Technologies, an industry leader in the space of games on-demand, growing the business 70% Year-over-Year five years in a row. In this capacity Yoav was instrumental in building new offerings and revenue streams for industry leaders such as Verizon, Comcast, Intel, CBS, Time Warner and France Telecom.
Previously, Yoav held multiple executive positions at TeleKnowledge, an innovator in the space of business support systems. He was reponsible for Product Management, Marketing and Business Development, helping define telecom value-added services and digital media strategies for the likes of Telefonica, Yahoo, Listen.com (Real Networks), Turbine Entertainment, FullAudio (AOL), StarMedia, TheStreet.com and others. Yoav further spent six years in the Israeli Air-Force, managing mission critical development projects, and is a decorated officer.
Yoav is a board member of AnyClip, Apparent, AE-Squared, UIU, Correlor, Wishi and CrossReader.
Yoav holds an International Executive MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern and Tel-Aviv University, as well as a M.Sc. in Computer Science (cum laude) and a B.Sc. in Mathematics (cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University.
As Chief Financial Officer, Ronit brings with her about 20 years of experience in senior financial
As Chief Financial Officer, Ronit brings with her about 20 years of experience in senior financial management from leading global corporations.
Prior to joining JVP, Ronit served as Vice President and CFO of Camtek Ltd. (NASDAQ: CAMT), Vice President of Finance for Creo IL, and held other executive positions at several high-tech companies in Israel.
Ronit has a BA in Economics and Accounting from Haifa University, and an LLM from Bar-Ilan University. Ronit is a qualified CPA and has also completed Executive Management programs at the Technion and at Stanford University. Ronit has been working with JVP on the Board of the Animation Lab for over three years. Her strategic financial experience makes her a valuable contribution to JVP’s management team.
Fiona brings with her to the role close to 15 years of investor relations, capital raising, venture capital...
Fiona brings with her to the role close to 15 years of investor relations, capital raising, venture capital, financial analysis and strategic planning experience in both public and private companies.
Prior to joining JVP, Fiona was VP at CCG Investor Relations Israel, directly responsible for running the IR programs for companies with market capitalizations ranging from $50 million to $4 billion in a broad variety of industries.
Before joining CCG, Fiona served as Vice President of Koor Industries (then NYSE: KOR), a leading Israeli Holding Company active in a variety of industries, as a member of the Executive Management Team.
Fiona also held the position of Partner in Koor Corporate Venture Capital, Israel's largest corporate venture capital fund which invested in early stage technology and medical device companies, as well as having a comprehensive Fund of Funds portfolio.
Prior to that, Fiona served as financial analyst in Koor's Mergers and Acquisitions Department and as a Junior Analyst for the Private Equity Fund Renaissance Management.
Fiona holds a BA in Finance and Computers, and an International Executive MBA from the joint Tel Aviv - Northwestern Universities' program.
Raffi is a seasoned Israeli executive with over 20 years of experience in semiconductors and new materials...
Raffi is a seasoned Israeli executive with over 20 years of experience in semiconductors and new materials. He uses his expertise to advise JVP in communication software, semiconductors and components sectors. Widely considered an expert in his field, Raffi also serves as General Manager of NDS Israel and as Senior Vice President of NDS World Wide (NASDAQ: NNDS), as well as serving as a board member of JVP’s portfolio company EPOS. At NDS Israel, Raffi is responsible for leading a highly successful company that focuses on pay television technology, video encryption, and other security applications as well as being a pioneer in the iTV and PVR technology for satellite and cable communication. The company currently employs more than 650 people in Israel and 1500 employees worldwide.
Prior to joining NDS, he spent 5 years as VP of Operations and Production of Imaging Products at Indigo. At Indigo, Raffi was responsible for production output of sophisticated imaging products, logistics, budget control and interaction with key customers. Previously, Raffi worked at Intel, where he held several engineering and managerial positions, including Process engineering, integration of advanced technologies, deployment of state of the art equipment and human resources managerial activities. During his 11 years at Intel, Raffi won numerous awards for his forward thinking and problem solving. Among these awards is the international achievement award for the development of an improved process that doubled the yield of the 80386 chip.
Raffi served in an elite commando unit of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Alex R. Ott
Alex is a seasoned veteran in the technology industry, bringing nearly 20 years of experience...
Alex is a seasoned veteran in the technology industry, with nearly 20 years of experience. A recognized sales and marketing expert, Alex is highly qualified to advise growing companies as they expand into international markets. His broad experience and industry network provide invaluable resources for new investment opportunities and business development activities for JVP's portfolio companies. He is a board member of JVP's portfolio companies Qlik and Sepaton. Alex served as a board member of the following aquired JVP portfolio companies: Touch Clarity, was aquired by Omniture in February 2007; XMPie was aquired by Xerox in September 2006.
Most recently Alex ran the Americas division of Siebel Systems (then NASDAQ: SEBL), with revenues of over $1 billion. He was a member of Siebel's Executive Committee, and was previously responsible for building a major presence in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In just over two years under his direction, Siebel was able to achieve market leadership in CRM and e-business in more than 18 countries, growing revenues, customer volumes and employee base tenfold. Prior to Siebel Systems, Alex held several executive positions at SAP AG including membership on the extended management board and was instrumental in founding the SAP Global Partner Ecosystem, believed to be a $20 billion market today. He also ran global marketing and business development programs.
With extensive expertise in growing sales, international markets, and shareholder value, Alex sources new investments around the world and through JVP's New York office. He offers strategic and practical counsel to portfolio companies trying to build or enhance their traction in North America and Europe.
Agnes is an accomplished media executive with particular expertise in publishing and interactive...
Agnes is an accomplished media executive with expertise in publishing and interactive media. She is a board member of JVP's portfolio company Playcast. Currently, Agnes is a founding partner with the management consulting firm Act III Consultants. Prior to Act III, Agnes was Chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing. With 4 billion Euros in revenues, Vivendi Universal Publishing is the world's third largest producer of educational publications and video games including World of Warcraft and Starcraft. Agnes had originally joined the Vivendi group as Chairman and CEO of one of their subsidiaries, Liris Interactive, one of France's first multimedia start-ups which ultimately became Havas Interactive.
Prior to that, Agnes was head of Lagardere/Hachette's Consumer Publishing division and spent four years with McKinsey.
Agnes holds a degree in Law and graduated from the Paris Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is currently on the Board of ITV (UK), Neopost (France) and Fondation de France.
Yehoshua is responsible for the financial administration and reporting of the JVP funds...
Yehoshua is responsible for the financial administration and reporting of the JVP funds. He periodically reports to investors, cash management and working with tax authorities. Yehoshua brings financial and accounting experience to JVP, having previously held the position of Assistant Controller at Virtual Communities, an Internet related company, as well as accounting positions with Deloitte & Touche's Israel affiliate, Igal Brightman & Co.
Yehoshua is a qualified CPA, and holds a BS in Accounting from Yeshiva University.