Meet our board of directors
Tomer Magid – Chief Executive Officer
Tomer has been with SupportSpace since 2007, responsible for our overall product development, technology strategy and technology operations, and was promoted to CEO in April 2013. Tomer has over 10 years of experience in technology and product leadership roles with a strong background in consumer and enterprise applications, processes and infrastructure development. Previous roles include managing the product portfolio of ICQ (an America Online company) including client, web and partner applications. Prior to ICQ, Tomer led product development teams at Verint Systems Ltd (NASDAQ: VRNT). Tomer holds a BA in Computer Science and Management from Tel Aviv University.
Yair founded SupportSpace and served as our CEO from inception to February 2012. Today, as a Board member and our Chief Strategy Officer, Yair is responsible for our strategic direction and evaluating new market opportunities. Yair brings 20 years of experience in technology and business leadership. Prior to founding SupportSpace, Yair was the CEO of PortAuthority Technologies (Vidius), acquired by WebSense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN). Yair was previously one of STIVentures’ fund managers, leading the software, security and Internet investments and serving on the companies’ boards. As a key member of the Security-7 management team, Yair managed the international sales and marketing operations until it was acquired by Computer Associates (NYSE:CA). Yair is a reserve Captain in the Israeli Defense Force Technology Division.
Mr. Eli Barkat, chairman and co-founder of BRM Group, is a recognized figure in the Israeli business community, with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, investment and business management experience. Eli excels at growing companies – providing hands-on strategic and management guidance from founding to exit. In 1988, Eli co-founded BRM Technologies, an anti-virus software startup sold to Symantec. Leveraging early-on experience and accumulated self-capital, Eli led the transformation of BRM into a reputable private Israeli investment group, later expanding its initial technology focus to include non hi-tech industries as well. Under Eli’s leadership, the Group has been involved, either directly or via venture capital funds under its control, in some of the most prominent exits in the industry. These include Checkpoint (NASDAQ:CHKP); Backweb (NASDAQ: BWEB); Passave (sold to PMC-Sierra); Oplus Technologies (sold to Intel); Whale Communications (sold to Microsoft) and Fraud Sciences (sold to eBay). These successes have reinforced both BRM’s and Eli’s status as a leading and important investment player in the Israeli business arena. Eli currently sits on the board of Eyeblaster, GigaSpaces, SupportSpace, Pudding Media and Pando Networks. Together with his wife, Alona, he founded the BRM Institute of Technology and Society at Tel Aviv University, and serves on the University’s Board of Governors Eli holds a B.Sc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Menashe Ezra is a Managing Partner at Gemini Israel Ventures and leads investments in Semiconductors, Wireless Communications and Networking. He sits on the boards of Axxana, Autotalks, ColorChip, MoMinis, Oliver Solutions and SupportSpace. He has over 25 years of experience in information technology, both as an entrepreneur and as an investor, and is a former Managing Partner of BRM Capital. Previously, Menashe founded and was CEO of WaveAccess, a wireless networking company that was sold to Lucent. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Israel National Security Award, which he received while heading an elite technological unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Menashe holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Kevin is a General Partner at Emergence Capital Partners. His deep knowledge of the enterprise and consumer technology sectors comes from time spent at blue-chip software companies and from his experience as an entrepreneur. He currently sits on the boards of SupportSpace, Zuberance, and Veeva Systems. Prior to joining Emergence, Kevin was a senior member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development group. In this role, he shared responsibility for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft’s acquisitions, strategic investments, and joint ventures. Under his leadership, Kevin’s team participated in over $500 million in transactions spanning all of Microsoft’s business groups.Prior to Microsoft, Kevin was with Electronic Arts, where he was a member of the team that launched EA’s online gaming business. Today, Electronic Arts operates several of the most popular online gaming destinations in the world. Later,Kevin served in Electronic Arts’ Corporate Development group, where he helped manage the Company’s acquisition and strategic investment efforts. Before Electronic Arts, Kevin was Co-Founder and CEO of atMadison.com, a business he started after winning the first annual Wharton Business Plan Competition. atMadison.com provided a hosted marketing management solution for small and medium sized companies.Kevin earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.