LeadershipStratoscale’s added value is its founding team and advisors, which include an incredible cast of talented and accomplished technologists and entrepreneurs. The company currently has the backing of first class investors such as Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and Intel Capital
FOUNDER & CEO
Ariel brings over twenty years of technology innovation and entrepreneurship to Stratoscale. After a ten-year career with the IDF, where he was responsible for managing a section of the Technology R&D Department, Ariel founded Passave, now the world leader in FTTH technology. Passave was established in 2001, and acquired in 2006 by PMC-Sierra (PMCS), where Ariel served as VP of Strategy. In 2006 Ariel founded Pudding Media, an early pioneer in speech recognition technology, and Anobit, the leading provider of SSD technology acquired by Apple (AAPL) in 2012. At Apple, he served as a Senior Director in charge of Flash Storage, until he left the company to found Stratoscale. Ariel is a graduate of the prestigious IDF training program Talpiot, and holds a BSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science (Cum Laude) and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He holds numerous patents in networking, signal processing, storage and flash memory technologies.
Anat came to Stratoscale from Waze, where she held the position of CFO and was a member of the executive team that led and managed several investment rounds. She managed the ﬁnancial and due diligence processes for the company’s $1 billion acquisition by Google. Before working at Waze, Anat was the Director of Finance and a member of the Board at Schema. She started her career as a senior auditor at KPMG. Anat holds BA in Accounting and an LL.B., both from Tel Aviv University.
VP RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Prior to joining Stratoscale as VP R&D, Ron held a series of technical leadership and positions. Ron was the SVP Engineering at Primary Data, where he built the global engineering organization for Primary Data and shipped the first POC release of the product. Before joining Primary Data, he was responsible for the development of the XIV high-end storage brand of IBM, and led the System and Technology Development department of IBM in Israel. He joined IBM through its acquisition, in 2008, of Diligent Technologies ─ where he pioneered data de-duplication technology. Ron initially started his career in one of the elite technology units of the IDF and he subsequently joined ELTA (a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries), where he focused on the development of airborne radar and surveillance systems.
An expert in the cloud and virtualization space, Ronen has extensive experience leading virtualization and cloud products from inception to wide market adoption. Prior to joining Stratoscale, Ronen held leadership positions at Mirantis, Oracle and Intel. As VP of Product at Mirantis, Ronen played a key role in shaping OpenStack to meet real world use cases for enterprises, service providers, telecommunications vendors and application developers. Prior to Mirantis started Oracle’s OpenStack initiative, forming the development team and launching Oracle’s first OpenStack product. Ronen holds an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of and a Bachelor’s degree in computer and software engineering (cum laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
VP Global Sales
Jay brings a keen understanding of strategic planning and execution as well as experience leading globally distributed sales organizations. Most recently, Jay served as vice president of worldwide sales at AccelOps, a network security monitoring and analytics software company, where he worked closely with the acquisition and integration of AccelOps into Fortinet. Prior to joining AccelOps, Phillips managed and built the software portfolio team at Fusion-io, a computer hardware and software systems company, until the acquisition by SanDisk. He also held sales leadership roles at NetApp, IO Turbine, Inc., Dell and PepsiCo.
Uzi brings to the table over 15 years in managing global technology businesses of all sizes. In his last position at Panaya (NYSE: INFY) Uzi filled the role of VP Marketing joining the company in early stages and taking the company all the way to a successful acquisition by Infosys. Prior to that Uzi worked for IDT (NYSE: IDT) where he ran a business unit with full P&L ownership taking the business from steady state to a multi million dollar growing business. Uzi serves as an advisor to multiple early stage start-up companies helping them build a go-to-market strategy. Uzi holds a B.A and MBA (cum-laude) from the Hebrew University.
Maya Pops Green
VP HUMAN RESOURCES
Maya has over fifteen years of experience in HR roles. Prior to joining Stratoscale, Maya was Vice President of Human Resources at PrimeSense for seven years ─ from the earliest stages of the company’s development, until it was sold to Apple. In addition to HR, she has extensive experience in career development and consultation from her work as Director of the Executive Department at JobInfo, a leading recruiting firm. Maya holds a BA in Special Education.
VP CUSTOMER SUCCESS
Anat brings an extensive experience and deep expertise in customer success and support. Anat joins Stratoscale from Kaltura, where she led the customer services team. Prior to Kaltura, Anat spent eight years leading global customer success and support for ExLibris, where she led a 100+ team and was responsible for all customer services aspects including deployment, 24×7 NOC, success and support hiring. Prior to ExLibris, Anat spent six years at Nice (NASDAQ: NICE) as a director of customer support and professional services. Anat started her career as a developer and project manager in Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX).
Anat holds a BA in Computer Science and Economy from the Bar-Ilan University.
Battery invests in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including software and services, Web infrastructure, e-commerce, digital media and industrial technologies. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at stages ranging from seed to buyout and invests globally from offices in Boston, Silicon Valley and Israel.
Bessemer Venture Capital
Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) invests in early-stage, hyper-growth startups, partnering closely with entrepreneurs to build durable businesses. BVP is a global firm with offices in Menlo Park, Cambridge, New York, Mumbai, Bangalore, Herzliya and Sao Paolo. With $4 billion under , BVP invests anywhere from $100,000 to $75 million in innovative companies like LinkedIn, Yelp, Skype, CornerstoneOnDemand, Pinterest, Box and Twilio. Over 100 BVP companies have gone public.
Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,370 companies in 56 countries. In that timeframe, 207 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 354 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2013, Intel Capital invested US$333 million in 146 investments with approximately 49 percent of funds invested outside North America.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide.
As the Venture Capital investment arm of Qualcomm, the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies, Qualcomm Ventures has been making investments in early-stage technology companies since 2000. Qualcomm Ventures seeks to make strategic investments in high-technology companies that have the potential to dramatically transform our world.