Yoram Oron founded Vertex Ventures Israel in 1997 as part of the Yozma Program together with Vertex Venture Holdings. Yoram laid down two cornerstones that have solidified the Fund: impressive returns for investors and leadership to attract the Fund’s investment team.
Yoram led investments in Cyber-Ark (NASDAQ: CYBR, $1.5B market cap), Waze (sold to Google for $1.3B), Morecom (sold to Liberate, US$561M), and Vision Tech (sold to Broadcom, US$250M). He delivers active board-level support at portfolio companies Cyber-Ark, Solar Edge and Argus Cyber Security.
Yoram holds an impressive track record both as a founder and manager of several successful high technology companies. Prior to founding Vertex, Yoram was a co-founder and Chairman of Telegate from its inception in 1993 until its acquisition by Terayon in 1999 for US$400 million. Previously, Yoram was President and CEO of Aryt Industries (NASDAQ: ARYTF), Co-Founder of Geotek Communications and Manager of its Military Division, and Co-Founder, President and CEO of Reshef Technologies.
Yoram graduated with an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University, Israel and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Ran Gartenberg delivers his financial expertise to Vertex in his capacity as Chief Financial Officer. Ran manages all financial aspects of the Vertex Funds, including cash management, financial and tax reporting, and portfolio company monitoring. His skills have been fully utilized with respect to portfolio company exits and overall fund investment and divestment strategy. He delivers active board-level support at portfolio companies Aternity that was acquired by Riverbed for $60 million and Leadspace.
Prior to joining Vertex in 1998, Ran worked as an Investment Banker with Evergreen, a leading VC and investment bank where he managed private placements for private and public technology companies. Previously, Ran served as an Investment Manager for the Israel Corporation, a large diversified investment corporation. In this role, he evaluated investment and divestment opportunities and performed business and financial due diligence. Prior to completing his graduate studies, Ran was a Supervising Auditor at PwC, Israel.
Ran holds an M.B.A. from New York University, a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and a CPA license from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel.
David has been active in Asia-Israel businesses since 1990 and in venture capital investments since 1996.
David leads Vertex Ventures Israel’s Asian activities, including raising capital for Vertex funds from Asian investors. With his extensive experience in deal-making in Asia, he has also been initiating and facilitating numerous direct investment and business transactions between Vertex’s Asian investors and Israeli companies.
Before Vertex, David co-founded IIF, the 1st Israeli VC fund tailored for Japanese corporate investors for investments in Israeli high-tech companies. He also co-founded COIF, the 2nd Israeli VC fund for Japanese investors.
In 1990-1995, David studied and worked in Japan. As a foreign lawyer in the firm of Wakabayashi & Watanabe, Tokyo, he focused on cross-border investments and M&As in Asia. In 1985, David became a lawyer in Israel and was an associate and later a partner in the law firm of Yossi Avraham & Co., Tel Aviv.
David holds an LL.B from the Hebrew University, Israel (1984), and an LL.M from Kyoto University, Japan (1992).
Emanuel Timor joined Vertex in 1998 and possesses nearly twenty years of experience working closely with start-ups. Emanuel worked closely with start-ups in the fields of Enterprise, Cyber-Security, Automotive and Networking platforms. Among his most recent successes, his investment in portfolio company Percello led to its profitable acquisition by Broadcom.
Emanuel works closely and sits on the board of directors of Innoviz, E8 Storage, MultiPhy, Sidense, WireX and DB Maestro.
Prior to joining Vertex, Emanuel was an articled apprentice at an Israeli law firm where he acquired expertise in IPOs and M&As. From 1992 to 1997, Emanuel was one of the leading financial journalists for Globes, Israel`s daily business newspaper. He covered the Israeli high-tech and venture capital industry.
Emanuel received a B.A. in Economics and an LL.B from Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Yanai Oron joined Vertex in early 2014, following his activity as an active early stage investor with an operational and technical background. Yanai has invested and advised startups in various industries including Enterprise Software, Cyber-Security and Mobile.
Yanai is on the board of the following Vertex portfolio companies Perfecto Mobile, NSOF, Taranis, Webyclip, DataRails and Verbit.
Previously, Yanai was General Manager at DVTel in the US, managing the company’s Access Control unit. Prior to that, Yanai served as its Director of Business Development and headed the company’s M&A initiatives where he oversaw the acquisition of two companies. Earlier in his career, he worked as a real time engineer at Intel Corporation in the R&D Center.
Yanai holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University
Aviad Ariel joined Vertex in early 2016, and his portfolio includes LightCyber (acquired by PaloAlto Networks), Indegy, Dynamic Yield and Spotinst.
Aviad brings a very diverse background. He spent 4 years at Bessemer Israel, where he invested in and worked closely with the founders of several of Israel’s best startup companies including Traffix (acquired by F5), Ravello Systems (acquired By Oracle), Vayyar Imaging, ScyllaDB, MyHeritage, StratoScale, Soluto (acquired by Asurion), Altair (acquired by Sony), Fiverr, Intucell (acquired by Cisco) and Wix (NASDAQ:WIX). Aviad was also a founding partner of Oryzn Capital where he invested in NanoRep (acquired by LogMeIn), OwnBackup and Dronomy.
Prior to Bessemer, Aviad worked at McKinsey & Company and Barclays Capital’s corporate strategy team in NY, and he started his career as a software engineer and a team leader at Marvell Technology.
Aviad holds a dual BSc in Computer Science and Physics from Tel Aviv University and a MBA from The University of Chicago.
Naama Zalzman Dror joined Vertex Israel in 2017, as the Head of Business Development and part of the investment team.
Naama comes from a very diverse background. Prior to joining Vertex, Naama was a Director at Cockpit Innovation, EL AL’s Corporate Venture Arm. There, she led the company’s innovation strategy and was the Head of the Navigator Program where she was managing the program’s activities, strategic planning, deal flow and overseeing the investment process of early stage ventures. Previously, she served as Director of Business Development for a global PR firm and opened their branch in Israel. Before entering the high-tech industry, Naama was an Adviser to the Director General of the Jewish Agency and to the Deputy Ambassador at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Previously, she served as a Parliamentary Advisor to MK and Leader of the Opposition, Isaac Herzog.
Naama holds a B.A in Political Science and International Relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.