Leadership Bios

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

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

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 Volatire 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

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

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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YL Ventures is a global venture capital firm that was founded to address the changing venture capital financing landscape. The firm invests in seed-stage, deep-technology B2B companies in fields such as cyber security, cloud computing, big data and Software-as-a-Service, with particular focus on the Israeli market. YL Ventures accelerate the evolution of portfolio companies via strategic advice, industry network and Silicon Valley-based operational execution.

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Fontinalis Partners

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.

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