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Ronen NirRonen Joined Carmel Ventures in February 2008 and currently serves as a General Partner. Ronen's investment areas focus on SaaS, big data, cyber security and internet.
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Noya LizorNoya is Director of Content at Viola Group
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Hila Shitrit NissimHila Shitrit Nissim joined Carmel Ventures in 2005 as a Marketing Director and has been in charge of marketing activities for Viola Group since 2012.
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Ran LevitzkyRan Levitzky is a Principal at Carmel Ventures.
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Ori BendoriOri Bendori has been a General Partner at Carmel Ventures since 2004 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of Communications, Infrastructure, Semiconductors and Energy.
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Ronit AmiazRonit is VP HR at Carmel Ventures.
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Omry Ben DavidOmry is a Partner at Carmel Ventures. His investment focus includes Enterprise / SME Software, FinTech, SaaS, Cloud Infrastructure and related fields.
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Daniel CohenDaniel Cohen joined Carmel Ventures in mid-2013 as a General Partner, with more than 11 years of VC experience. Daniel investment interests include digital media and consumer internet.
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Guest Contributors

Danna ZakaiDanna Zakai is an Inside Sales Trainer who specializes in the B2B global market.
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Jonny SteelAs VP Marketing, Jonny spreads the word about Payoneer empowering global commerce by connecting businesses, professionals, countries and currencies with its innovative cross-border payments platform.
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Moran BarneaMoran is Head of Marketing at Uponit.
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David SchapiroDavid Schapiro is a visionary and seasoned executive with over 30 years’ experience in business management and product leadership in global SaaS and enterprise software companies.
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Assaf GueryAssaf Guery is a design consultancy executive with over 20 years of experience helping global hi-tech leaders and startups solve their most pressing branding challenges.
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John LoGiocoJohn LoGioco is President & Chief Operating Officer at Phrasetech. Prior to joining Phrasetech, John was Executive Vice President and member of the founding team at Outbrain.
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Roy KliegerRoy Klieger is VP Products at PomVom (as well as a "technology geek, web enthusiast and soccer hooligan").
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Shiri GrosbardShiri is Co-founder and VP Marketing at Join - Digital Talent Agency.
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Jonathan NimrodiJonathan is CEO and Head of Inbound Marketing at Cookie Jar, a growth hacking firm specializing in funnel optimization, CRO & social media management, marketing, advertising and measurement.
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Elad ManishvizElad is CMO at RR Media. He has over 15 years of experience and business leadership in the digital media, video, entertainment and advertising industries.
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Jake GordonJake is a young entrepreneur currently studying at Muhlenberg College, who interned at Viola Growth in the summer of 2017.
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Amit AshkenaziAmit is VP Business Strategy at Fiverr. He was also formerly a Partner at Viola Growth.
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Alon WeinbergAlon is a Director at Dell Technologies Capital and was also formerly a Principal at Carmel Ventures.
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Eitan ChitayatEitan Chitayat is the founder and creative director of the natie branding agency, based in Tel Aviv.
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Irit KahanIrit covers Israel-related investments for Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners.
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Tomer Bar-ZeevTomer Bar-Zeev is the Co-founder and CEO of ironSource, a global technology powerhouse connecting users and apps across devices and platforms.
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Einav LavivEinav Laviv is a full-stack startup marketing expert and the Co-founder of G2Mteam.
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Saar BrodskySaar Brodsky is the co-founder and VP Creative of Atreo, a technology marketing agency that focuses exclusively on hi-tech, strategic B2B marketing.
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Yoni EpsteinYoni is a Senior Product Manager at Taboola. He was also a Senior Associate at Viola Growth from 2015-2017.
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Lior AshLior is Co-founder and CTO @ Splacer.co
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Alon AmarAlon was formerly an Analyst at Carmel Ventures (2015-2017).
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Pamela BeckerPamela is the VP Global Marketing at Matomy. She previously held senior marketing positions at Carmel Ventures portfolio companies ironSource and MyThings.
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Carmel YoeliCarmel Yoeli is the co-founder and CEO of Atreo, a technology marketing agency that focuses exclusively on hi-tech, strategic B2B marketing.
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Maya PizovMaya joined enSilo as VP Business Development in April 2015. Prior to that she was a Principal at Carmel Ventures from 2012 - 2015. She has over 7 years of experience in product management, program and account management from leading tech firms and the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
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Ori LahavOri Lahav is Co-Founder and General Manager, Israel at Outbrain. Ori oversees the company's R&D center located in Israel.
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Doron GordonDoron is a successful entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Samanage.
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Ofer Brandes CTO Carmel Ventures

With over 35 years of experience in software engineering, Ofer Brandes has a strong background in technology. Ofer has worked with Carmel’s founding Partners in various capacities for the past 15 years, and joined Carmel as CTO in 2003. As a part-time technology consultant, Ofer is involved in the technological evaluation aspects of the due diligence process, and works with CTOs and R&D managers of portfolio companies post-investment. Ofer also serves as the CEO of Tersus, a Visual Programming Platform for creating rich web and mobile applications.

Prior to joining Carmel, Ofer was the CTO at SunGard Business Integration (“SBI”, formerly MINT). Prior to SBI, Ofer was the Chief Designer and Programmer at Tovna, an Israeli company which developed software for automatic translation between English, French and Russian. From 1993 through 1996, Ofer was Senior Advisor to Israel’s Minister of Education. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces’ prestigious Intelligence Corps and holds a B.Sc. (with distinction) in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Posts by Ofer Brandes

Why startups should ride the Innovation Wave (or risk being overtaken by it)

February 13, 2017
The global industrial revolution, which began in Great Britain in the late 18th century, led to a huge wave of innovations, like t... MORE
Industrial Revolution Innovation - Viola Notes

Viola Group survey reaffirms that Cybersecurity is a crucial investment for startups

July 26, 2016
Earlier this month we hosted another Viola CTO Forum session, this time on Cybersecurity. Our guest speakers included Itay Yanovsk... MORE
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“No Obvious Bugs”: When complexity becomes a risk to your startup

August 26, 2015
Over several decades of developing software, one of the statements that has stood out for me most says that “There are two ways ... MORE
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“Mobile-First” isn’t just a design principle, it’s also a business strategy.

May 11, 2015
“Mobile-First” is a term widely used to describe a design principle that’s usually applied to the creation of apps, websites... MORE
“Mobile-First” isn’t just a design principle, it’s also a business strategy.

The Haggadah’s Four Sons make an ideal startup team. Here’s why.

April 12, 2015
The Haggadah – the traditional text read by Jews on the eve of Passover – speaks of "Four Sons" who are actually four stereoty... MORE
The Haggadah’s Four Sons make an ideal startup team - Viola Notes

When it comes to your startup’s technology, God (or maybe the devil?) is in the details

March 20, 2015
I have previously stated that in order to succeed you don’t have to own a patent on an innovative, deep mathematical invention. ... MORE
When it comes to your startup’s technology, God (or maybe the devil?) is in the details

Great technological minds don’t always think alike. Thank goodness.

February 08, 2015
Great minds don’t always think alike, and that goes for techies too. So if you’re a Techie who isn’t already part of a CTO f... MORE
Great technological minds don't think alike

Is your startup’s technology worth investing in? My perspective as a VC firm’s CTO

November 25, 2014
As investors, we want to choose winners. We want to put our money on an excellent team and a superior technology that’s addressi... MORE
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