Karamba Security offers ECU endpoint security to protect the connected car. The company hardens the connected Electronic Control Units (ECUs) within automobiles to protect them from cyber attacks and ensure the car’s safe, ongoing operations.
Karamba Security is led by a balanced executive team of cybersecurity experts and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Ami Dotan CEO & co-founder
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). 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 Barzilai Executive Chairman & co-founder
David brings extensive entrepreneurial and go-to-market experience to Karamba. He was the CEO and co-founder of Conduct Ltd., which was acquired by Mercury Interactive (NASDAQ: MERQ), and the VP of Software Business for Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), when Voltaire was acquired by Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX). After the Voltaire acquisition, David was the VP of Marketing at Mellanox, during a hyper-growth period that saw the company’s annual revenue grow from $260M to $500M. David earned a Computer Science Bachelor degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Tal Ben-David VP R&D & co-founder
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 Harel CTO & co-founder
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.
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