Special Guest Speaker

Ben Kepes, Diversity.Net

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an invester, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests  include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users. He is a globally recognized subject matter expert with an extensive following across multiple channels. His commentary has been published on ReadWriteWebGigaOmThe Guardian and a wide variety of publications – both print and online. Often included in lists of the most influential technology thinkers globally, Ben is also an active member of the Clouderati, a global group of Cloud thought leaders and is in demand as a speaker at conferences and events all around the world. As organizations react to the demands for more flexible working environments, the impacts of the economic downturn and the existence of multiple form-factor devices and ubiquitous connectivity, Cloud computing stands alone as the technology paradigm that enables the convergence of those trends – Ben’s insight into these factors has helped organizations large and small, buy-side and sell-side, to navigate a challenging path from the old paradigm to the new one. Ben is passionate about technology as an enabler and enjoys exploring that theme in various settings.

A big thank you to Ben Kepes of Diversity.Net, who came all the way out from New Zealand to take part in the event.

See more about Ben’s participation here, and view his presentation.

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Alon Aizenberg, SAP IT

Currently working as a software architect within SAP IT. In the last years leading development of a search platform, which powers SAP users and employees to effectively find SAP related information. Prior to this position, I worked as a team leader for various data integration projects in Israeli Discount bank. Started my career in Israeli Air Force as software developer where i served over 6 years.

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Or Cohen, FewBytes

Web developer at heart with an itch for operations and system administration, working for Fewbytes - a consulting firm for system and automation.

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Uri Cohen

Uri Cohen (@uri1803), VP of Product Management at GigaSpaces Uri is responsible for everything product related at GigaSpaces, and leads the definition and execution of the company’s product strategy. He has been with the company for the past five years, serving in a variety of customer facing and technology roles from solutions architect through technology evangelist. Uri is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, covering cloud computing, space-based architecture, and distributed computing. He has over 11 years of technology leadership experience, with specific expertise is in distributed systems, and more recently big data, NoSQL, and cloud.

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Yosef Dinerstein

Yosef is a Principal Developer at  the Microsoft Israel R&D Center. Yosef is a Microsoft veteran since 1993. Throughout his years in the company he’s worked on different projects spanning through operating systems, file systems, security and other fields, mostly focusing in Microsoft technologies.

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Yaniv Even Haim, Wix

Yaniv oversees the R&D activities at Wix, a leading Web publishing SaaS provider.  Yaniv brings over 15 years of diversified experience in management and R&D positions with great empathize on scaling the R&D capabilities to boost the organization business growth.  Prior to joining Wix, Yaniv led the R&D and product organization of Pudding Media, a Startup providing a SaaS based mobile advertising solution. Prior to Pudding Media, Yaniv led the Engineering and R&D organization of Comverse’s Content Business Unit. Before Comverse, Yaniv was Director of R&D at EverAd, a startup in the music and advertising industry.  Yaniv holds an MBA and a B.Sc., in Computer Science from the Technion.

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Clive Foley, Wonga!

I joined Wonga approx. 1 year ago as an engineer. Since then I've been involved in our continuous delivery effort and I'm currently leading the team that is building our release platform. Prior to Wonga I designed and built systems for various industries - ReInsurance and Online Poker to name a few.

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 David Gussarsky, LightSpeed

David joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses on the firm’s investment efforts in Israel, with a focus on the enterprise infrastructure, communications, semiconductors and cleantech sectors. David brings nine years of operating experience and eight years of venture capital experience to his role at Lightspeed. Before joining Lightspeed, David was a partner at BRM Capital, an Israeli venture capital firm with $150 million under management, where he focused on investments in the communications and components sectors. Prior to BRM, he served as CEO at Paspar2, an Internet application service provider. He also served as corporate attorney at Rosensweig & Co., a leading Israeli commercial law firm. Prior to that, he was the head of software development teams for the Israel Defense Forces as well as Edunetics, where he managed a programming team that produced software products for the U.S. market. David holds a BA in Economics and an LLB from Tel Aviv University, as well as an MBA from Insead, Fontainebleau, France  

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Avishai Ish-Shalom, FewBytes

Avishai, CTO at FewBytes, combines theoretical and practical knowledge to build exceptional systems. He enjoys tackling challenges, solving problems and mastering new technologies.

Ronen Narkis

A Programming language geek and Github aficionado armed with Clojure, Ruby and Groovy under his belt. Iv been breathing JVM for the past 9 years, from enterprise scale to multi TB data munging map reduce jobs. I strive to practice development as an holistic beast, mastering clean coding, build, packaging, deployment, monitoring and cultural aspects. Currently I am a Freelance Architect/Consultant, see my Github and Linkedin for past positions.

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Itzik Parnafes, Battery Ventures

Itzik focuses on investments in Information Technology. He is currently on the boards of cVidya and Panaya, is a board observer for ZeRTO, and led Battery’s investment in Delphix. Itzik was on the board of XtremIO prior to its acquisition by EMC. He also spent time working alongside the Battery investment team as an Entrepreneur in Residence in the firm’s Israel office. Before Battery, Itzik was a Partner with Stata Ventures, where he led investments in Provigent (acq: Broadcom), Comability (acq: Ruckus wireless), Sentrigo (acq: Symantec) and ZikBit. Before venture investing, Itzik spent the majority of his career as an entrepreneur. He co-founded Kagoor Networks, a leader in Voice over IP technologies, and led it to a successful acquisition by Juniper Networks, its first acquisition of an Israeli company. Previously, Itzik led the R&D of Class Data Systems until it was acquired by Cisco Systems, the first of many acquisitions in Israel. Before joining the private sector, Itzik led a landmark infrastructure project in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that won the prestigious Israel Defense Award. Itzik holds a BSc summa cum laude in CS and Math from the Technion – Institute of Technology.

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Baruch Sadogursky, JFrog

Baruch Sadogursky, joined JFrog as the Developer Advocate following years of working alongside JFrog’s founding team. Prior to joining JFrog, Baruch was an innovations expert with BMC Software Incubator team after 6 years with AlphaCSP as a senior Java consultant, architect and training division manager. Baruch is hacking around Java technologies and Continuous-Integration tools since 2001, including module development for open source projects like Gradle & Spring. Baruch is also active in community development around Artifactory, participating in the development of it’s plugin ecosystem and enriching it’s functionality with open-source user plugins. As JFrog’s Developer Advocate, Baruch contributes to the strong collaboration with leading open-source projects such asSpringSourceGrails and Gradle by providing them with the Artifactory Cloud platform, and fuels the Continuous-Integration ecosystem with open-source plugins for leading tools such as JenkinsTeamCity & Bamboo. Baruch blogs at blogs.jfrog.org &blog.sadogursky.com and tweets as @jbaruch.

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Nati Shalom, GigaSpaces

Nati, GigaSpaces Founder and CTO, is responsible for defining the technology roadmap and vision for GigaSpaces products, and for establishing strategic relationships with technology partners. Shalom brought to GigaSpaces his many years of experience with distributed computing and is known as an industry expert in the challenges and solutions involved in large scale deployments. As a thought leader in Cloud computing, Shalom is the founder of the cloud.org.il consortium, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, and is actively involved in evangelizing Space Based Architecture, Data Grid patterns, and Real-Time Analytics for Big Data Applications.

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Adam Spektor

Adam Spektor is the DevOps Manager at HP Software. Adam had been managing the release engineering / DevOps group for the last 3 years.  Prior to that he headed release engineering team at MDG Medical for 8 years. In the past he also dabbled in writing software.



Pavel Suchman

Pavel has worked in IT and operations since 1999 and managed cloud services since 2007. He has managed a startup transition from a single physical data center to multiple cloud-based locations and from manual to automatic deployments. Pavel has designed and managed the implementation of multiple deployment tools and today helps SaaS companies to bring their operations up to date.

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Ran Tavory

A father, husband and software geek from Israel (Yoqneam). From bits in the database to bits of PNGs, Ran is a full stack developer with interests ranging from slick and responsive web interfaces, iOS, NoSQL, web infrastructure, scaling, deployment automation, continuous deployment, programming languages, open source enthusiast. Ran has created a continuous deployment system for Outbrain, and continues to be active in everything DevOps.

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