Mr. Yoram Oron founded Vertex Venture Capital 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 Morecom (sold to Liberate, US$561M), Tradeum (sold to VerticalNet, US$478M), and Vision Tech (sold to Broadcom, US$250M). He delivers active board-level support at portfolio companies Correlsense, Cyber-Ark, and Heptagon.
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, 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. He has also completed post-graduate studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. 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.
Prior to joining Vertex in 1998, Ran worked as an investment banker with Evergreen Capital Markets, a leading international 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.
Mr. David Heller leads Vertex’s Asian activities including business development for portfolio companies in Asia and raising capital from Asian investors for Vertex funds. In addition, David is in charge of executing investments in and divestments from Vertex portfolio companies.
David has been involved in Asia-related investment and business since 1989 and has since accrued extensive experience in deal-making, fundraising and business development in Asia.
He studied and worked in Japan for five years, during which time he practiced law at the firm Wakabayashi & Watanabe, Tokyo, Japan. At the firm, he was engaged in transactions between Japanese and other Asian corporations from China, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
After his return to Israel from Japan, David co-founded, raised capital for, and managed The Israel International Fund (IIF), which was the first Israeli fund tailored for Japanese corporate investors. David was also a Partner in the law firm Yossi Avraham & Co. where he specialized in M&A transactions and was also responsible for Asia-related deals. He serves as Chairman of the Japan Committee and Korea Committee of the High Tech Industry Association (HTIA) in Israel, a member of the China Committee of the HTIA and a member of the Board of Directors of the Israel-Japan Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of The Israel Bar since 1985.
David earned an LL.B from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and an LL.M from Kyoto University, Japan
Mr. Emanuel Timor joined Vertex in 1998 and possesses nearly twenty years of experience working closely with start-ups. At Vertex, Emanuel invests primarily in the areas of Enterprise and IT and Mobile. Among his most recent successes, his investment and activity in portfolio company Percello led to its profitable acquisition by Broadcom.
He sits on the board of directors of E8 Storage, MultiPhy, Neuralitic, Sidense and WireX.
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.
Mr. 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 Fintech, Cyber-Security, Enterprise and Mobile. During this time, Yanai has developed a deep network in the Israeli startup ecosystem, persistently generating high quality deal flow.
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 at Petach Tikva.
Yanai holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Aviad Ariel comes with a very diverse background. He spent the last 5 years at Bessemer Israel, where he invested in and worked closely with the founders of some of Israel’s best startup companies including Traffix (acq. by F5), Ravello Systems (acq. By Oracle), Vayyar Imaging, Dynamic Yield, StratoScale, Soluto (acq. by Asurion), Altair (acq. by Sony), Fiverr, Intucell (acq. by Cisco) and Wix (NASDAQ:WIX).
Prior to Bessemer, Aviad worked at McKinsey & Co and Barclays Capital’s corporate strategy team in NY.
Aviad started his career as a developer and was a team leader at Marvell.
Aviad holds a dual B.Sc in Computer Science and Physics from Tel Aviv University and a MBA from The University of Chicago.
Mr. Liran Hason brings with him years of experience in software research and development and in cyber security.
Liran started his career at the age of 17 when he joined Aladdin Systems as a Software Engineer. Later on, he served as a Team Leader in the 8200 elite intelligence unit of the Israeli Army for 5 years.
He was one of the early employees at Adallom, a cyber security company that was acquired by MSFT for $300M, where he led both R&D and sales efforts for closing major deals.