The promise of Connected Autonomous Vehicles is changing mobility, and with it our lives. This transformation is a beacon for the world of connected embedded devices (IOT) and manufacturing as a whole. With it arrives, however, a growing risk of cyberattacks.
Karamba Security provides Autonomous Security, the industry-leading end-to-end preventative solutions that are designed, from the ground up, for the resource-constrained environments. This award-winning self-protecting solution provides automotive cybersecurity that is built into the embedded software. Karamba prevents zero-day cyberattacks with zero false positives while assuring negligible performance impact. Karamba technology has proven seamless integration into the software development lifecycle, which fits modern architectures in vehicles and IOT devices.
Karamba Security is led by a balanced executive team of cybersecurity experts and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Ami has extensive experience establishing and investing in global technology companies, such as Xosoft (M&A by NASDAQ:CA); Shellcase (M&A by NASDAQ:TSRA); and GalyOr (M&A by Memscap). He has been a hands-on investor of six IPOs, including JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS), which achieved a market cap of over $1.5B (USD); WLCSP-Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging (SSE:603005), which achieved a market cap of over $2B (USD); CMT Medical (CMT.LN); 3NOD (KOSDAQ:3NOD); Voltaire (NASDAQ:VOLT); and Scopus (NASDAQ:SCOP). He is a Board Officer in the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). Prior, he was the VP of Strategy at Rafael, Israel MOD’s leading Research and Development center. Ami achieved a B.Sc.EE from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (NYU) and an MBA from Long Island University.
David is a serial entrepreneur with go-to-market executive experience, with a track record of major increases of shareholders value. David serves as Karamba Security’s Executive Chairman and running the company’s go-to-market strategy. Before Karamba David served as VP Marketing at Mellanox (MLNX) enabling revenue growth from $260M to $500M. David joined Mellanox after its acquisition of Voltaire (VOLT), where he was VP Software; managing software sales from $0.5M to $6.5M in one year. Prior to that David was VP at Mercury Interactive (MERQ), signing world largest ISPs as OEMs. David joined Mercury, after it acquired his first company, Conduct, yielding returns of 22X and 6X to its investors. Before Conduct David was a sales executive at Sun Microsystems distributor in Israel, bringing it to be the largest UNIX company in Israel by revenues ($35M) and by market share (42%). Before that David was a software engineer at Amdocs (DOX). David has earned BA in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Tal is experienced in developing new, innovative products into viable, market-changing products. He was a Senior Research and Development (R&D) Manager at Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP), where he oversaw endpoint and mobile security technology development. Prior, he gained extensive cybersecurity experience overseeing the development of Check Point’s big data analytics and event correlation solutions. Before moving into private enterprise, Tal served in an elite technological unit with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He received a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics (Cum Laude) from the Bar-Ilan University.
Assaf has broad experience with embedded, networking, security and mobile technologies. He was the Senior Research and Development (R&D) Manager at Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP), overseeing the development of several innovative, emerging endpoint security products and technologies. Previously, he held software development positions at Metalink and Dune Networks. Assaf served in the elite intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. Cum Laude in Computer Science from the Technion and an MBA Cum Laude from Haifa University.
Idit has 20+ years of extensive financial and transactional experience that helps organizations build financial-reporting systems and execute their business plans. She began with an internship at Ernst & Young and continues with work at public companies, at capital funds, and in the high-tech industry. She has managed financial departments for 10 years, overseeing all aspects of financial reporting, governance and compliance, and transactional and legal due diligence, including two IPOs (TSE and AIM). In addition, she serves as Director with financial expertise in an audit committee (ACFE). Idit earned a B.A. and CPA at Ruppin Academic Center, is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Executive Directors program, and has certification in Organizational Consulting from Bar-Ilan University.
Guy acclaimed 25 years of cyber security architecture within the Israeli Intelligence Forces. He received the Chief of Staff highest prize for technology innovation, for a breakthrough system approach. Guy holds a Computer Science Ph.D. from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology.
Amir adds to the Karamba leadership extensive international experience in product and marketing leadership. In the past 10 years at HP, and previously at Comverse, he led cybersecurity products (HPE ArcSight) and telecommunication offerings on a global scale, building an effective Product2Market value chain and leading multiple successful product introductions and portfolio extensions. He received a BA in management and economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Paul Mascarenas is the 2019 president-elect for SAE International, and is a member of the Board of Directors for ON Semiconductor and the US Steel Corporation. He is also the immediate past President of the Executive Board of FISITA, the international network for automotive engineers, representing over 200,000 engineers in 37 countries, where he served from 2014-2016. Previously, he served as Chief Technical Officer at Ford Motor Company. Paul holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of London, King's College in England, and an Honorary Doctorate degree from Chongqing University in China.
Bruce D. Coventry has a demonstrated record of management and operational excellence combined with remarkable experience across the electric vehicle, energy, automotive and manufacturing industries. He served as Powertrain Business Unit leader at Chrysler and Daimler and as the Chairman of TowerSec. Coventry received an Executive MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Administration and Manufacturing Management from General Motors Institute.
Richard Riff, D.SC., is a Henry Ford Technical Fellow Emeritus and Former Ford IT Director. In his last position with Ford, Dr. Riff provided technically sound advice to the CTO and CIO and to Ford as a whole, influencing strategic direction on key product and process matters. Dr. Riff served as a Director on the Boards of MSC Software and Geometric and as a Board Advisor at Clarizen, Inc. and at Carmel Ventures, and was the Chairman of Proficiency, Inc. Formerly, he served as a Professor of Aerospace Structures at Georgia Technological University in Atlanta, Georgia and at Technion Institute of Technology in Israel – where he received a Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Science in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering.
Dani Harari has extensive experience in leading the cybersecurity growth of global technological organizations. Harari joined ADAMA Agricultural Solutions, a $3.2 billion/year agrochemical global producer, in 2010 as SVP for Strategy & Resources. Prior to joining ADAMA, Harari retired from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) after 32 years of service, holding the rank of Brigadier General. In his last position with the IDF, Harari served as the commander of Unit 8200, the elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps. Dani holds B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature, M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, and M.A. in Political Science and National Security.
Ofer Schreiber, Partner and Head of the Israeli Office at YL Ventures, has broad responsibilities across portfolio company management, portfolio company value-add, and investment due diligence.
Ofer currently serves as a board member of Karamba Security (automotive cybersecurity), Ride Vision (advanced driver assistance systems for two-wheeled vehicles), and Vulcan Cyber (continuous vulnerability remediation). He also serves as board observer of Medigate (cybersecurity for medical devices), and Twistlock (virtual container security).
Ofer served as a board observer of Hexadite (automated cyber incident response) until it was acquired by Microsoft and FireLayers (security, compliance and IT governance for cloud applications and data) until it was acquired by Proofpoint. Ofer joined the firm in 2009, coming from IVC Research Center where he spent nearly three years researching and analyzing the technology and venture capital industry. While at IVC, he specialized in the telecommunications, Internet and mobile sectors and also conducted research relating to investment firms.
Ofer holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Tel Aviv University. He served in an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps in the Israel Defense Forces.
Chris Stallman is a Partner at Fontinalis Partners, a mobility-focused venture capital firm with $170 million of committed capital and offices in Detroit, Boston, and San Francisco.
Chris leads investments on the firm’s behalf primarily in the automotive technology and supply chain & logistics segments, and is active with the boards of Karamba Security, FreightWaves, Synovia Solutions, and AVRL. Additionally, he previously led Fontinalis’ investment in—and served on the board of—TransLoc until its sale to Ford Motor Company in 2018.
Chris is based in Detroit and serves on a variety of committees for state organizations, including the MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation and the Michigan Venture Capital Association.
Form July 2016 until he retired at year-end 2018, Mr. Neil M. Schloss was VP and Chief Financial Officer of Mobility at Ford Motor Company where he was part of the founding team that started and built the companies mobility businesses. Prior to that, from March 2007 through August 2017, Mr. Schloss was VP and Corporate Treasurer with overall responsibility for Ford’s global treasury operations. As Treasurer, he managed a team of 300+ professional around the world.
He joined Ford in 1982 as a Finance professional in the controller's office in Ford Aerospace. He held a variety of positions in Aerospace before transferring to Ford in 1990. Prior to becoming Treasurer in 2007, he served in a variety of Treasury related assignments including, Capital Markets, Risk Management, International Financing, Investor Relations, Cash Management, Capital and Balance Sheet Planning, and Financial Strategy.
Mr. Schloss earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from San Diego State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.
YL Ventures funds and supports brilliant Israeli tech entrepreneurs from seed to lead. Based in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, YL Ventures manages $140 million focused on deep-technology sectors and specializes in cybersecurity. YL Ventures accelerates the evolution of portfolio companies via strategic advice and U.S.-based operational execution, leveraging a powerful network of Chief Information Security Officers and global industry leaders. The firm's track record includes successful, high-profile portfolio company acquisitions by major corporations including Microsoft, CA and Proofpoint. www.ylventures.com.
Fontinalis Partners, with offices in Detroit and Boston, is a venture capital firm strategically focused on next-generation mobility solutions. The firm was founded in 2009 by Bill Ford, Ralph Booth, Chris Cheever, Chris Thomas, and Mark Schulz. Fontinalis invests across all facets of the world’s mobility systems on a stage-and size-agnostic basis. Fontinalis is not affiliated with Ford Motor Company. More information is available at www.fontinalis.com.
Paladin Capital Group is a leading global investor that supports and grows the world’s most innovative companies through venture investment, expansion, and growth capital. They are headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in New York City, Silicon Valley, and London. They seek out diverse investment opportunities across the US and worldwide.
Paladin is a leader in investing in technologies, products, and services focused on dual use in both commercial and governmental markets with a strong value-add culture. More information is available at www.paladincapgroup.com.
Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures (“LMSV”) is the corporate venture capital arm of Liberty Mutual Group’s Global Consumer Markets business. LMSV is a $150M venture capital fund that looks to partner with entrepreneurs reshaping the future of insurance. Its investment themes cover the Next Generation Vehicle, Connected Home, Sharing Economy, and Insurance Innovation. To learn more, please visit www.libertymutual.com/strategicventures.
Liberty Global Consumer Markets is an organization that aims to win in each market by combining global scale and capabilities with local knowledge, talent, innovation and agility. Our business is comprised into three global regions: U.S. Consumer Markets, GCM East and GCM West. They sell property, casualty, health and life insurance products and services to individuals and businesses in 17 local operations; in the United States, Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador; Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Ireland, and Russia; and Asia-Pacific, including Thailand, Singapore, China (including Hong Kong), Vietnam, India and Malaysia. To learn more, please visit www.libertyinsurance.com.my/about-us/profile/global-consumer-markets.
Founded in 1998, Presidio Ventures is the wholly owned early stage investment vehicle of Sumitomo Corporation. They work to identify the most promising growth industries and partner with the respective leading startups. Since its inception, Presidio Ventures has invested in over 150 U.S. startups. As a strategic investor, they work with their companies to expand their business in the Japan and Asia markets.
Presidio Ventures is comprised of ten investment professionals across offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York, who split their time between new investment and business development for their companies. In addition, they are assisted by a team of dedicated business development professionals based in Sumitomo Corporation Tokyo. More information is available at www.presidio-ventures.com.
Western Technology Investment (WTI) is a Silicon Valley based venture debt firm which invests globally in a wide range of technology and life science companies ranging from seed-stage startups to publicly-held companies. For over 38 years, WTI has provided in excess of $5 billion of growth capital to exceptional teams building market leading companies. More information is available at westerntech.com.
GlenRock is a private investment company founded in 2003 and owned and managed by Mr. Leon Recanati. GlenRock’s main focus is venture capital investment in startup companies engaged in advanced technologies and life sciences.
To date, GlenRock has invested in over 25 startup companies in Israel and plays an active role in their growth strategy. Glenrock has assisted startups such as MobilEye (NYSE:MBLY), Kamada (NASDAQ: KMDA), Objet (merger with Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS)), Evogene (NYSE:EVGN), Enzymotec (NASDAQ:ENZY), Outbrain and Quigo (acquired by AOL) to become high value companies. More information is available at www.grg.co.il.
Asgent is a Developer and Distributor of pioneering Network Security solutions for enterprise and medium sized organizations. With an eye on the future and a reseller base of over 100 Systems Integrators, commands an impressive reputation for creating markets for new products and for making overseas and domestic network security products best sellers in Japan. By providing 24 hours a day/7 days a week, first and second level pre-sales and post-sales technical support to their distribution channel, they create an extremely high level of product trust and confidence. Asgent is an extremely reliable partner for profitable business relationships. More information is available at www.asgent.com.
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