Team

 

Yuval Cohen, General Partner

Yuval has been involved in Venture Capital investments since 1994, and was responsible for numerous communications and software investments. Prior to founding StageOne, Yuval was a General Partner with Israel Infinity Fund, a $100 million information technology fund, where he was in charge of the Communications Sector. Before that, Yuval served as Vice-President for ISAL, an investment company traded on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.


Throughout those years, as member of the Board of Directors of many Startup companies, Yuval played an integral role in helping management teams recruit key employees, develop strategies, and establish partnership agreements. He was personally involved, as an early stage investor and chairman/director, in several successful companies, which went public or were acquired in M&A transactions, including: Traffix Systems, acquired by F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV), Guardium, acquired by IBM (NYSE:IBM), Trivnet, acquired by Gemalto (EPA:GTO), Oversi Networks (Acquired by Allot Communications), Radwiz, acquired by Terayon (NASDAQ:TERNE), Oridion Medical acquired by Covidien (NYSE: COV) and cVidya Networks (private company).


Yuval earned his LLB and MBA (Cum Laude) degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Tal Slobodkin, General Partner

Prior to joining StageOne, Tal led Cisco’s Corporate Development activities in Israel and Russia. In this role, he was responsible for setting and executing Cisco’s acquisition and venture capital investment strategy in these regions. Tal managed Cisco’s venture capital portfolio in Israel, including Aeroscout (acquired by Stanley Black & Decker), Celeno, Compass EOS, CTERA, Exent Technologies, Finjan, Optier and Oversi (acquired by Allot), in all of which he served as an active participant on the board of directors. In addition, Tal led all Israeli-related portions of Cisco’s acquisitions in Israel, including the $5bn acquisition of NDS (2012) and $475mm acquisition of Intucell Systems (2013).


Furthermore, Tal led Cisco’s world-wide Smart Grid corporate development activities. He was the driving force in defining Cisco’s Smart Grid strategy, and led the acquisition of Arch Rock as well as Cisco’s investment in Grid Net and Control4.


Prior to joining Cisco in 2008, Tal was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where he was a member of the Technology, Media and Telecom team in New York City. Before, Tal had served as a Captain in the Elite Technology Unit of the Israeli Intelligence Corp.


Tal holds an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Talpiot Military Academy (B.Sc. in Math, Physics and Computer Science).

 

Benny Schnaider, Venture Partner

 Serial & Unique Entrepreneur, founded PentaCom Ltd. in 1995, a leading provider of products implementing Spatial Reuse Protocol (SRP) for IP based metropolitan networks- Acquired by Cisco in 2000. Thereafter Benny founded P-Cube, a developer of IP service control platforms - Acquired by Cisco in 2004. In 2005 he founded Qumranet, an enterprise software company offering a virtual infrastructure platform to enable Independent Computing - Acquired by RedHat in 2008. In 2011 Benny co-founded Ravello Systems, an enterprise software company offering cloud virtualization infrastructure, where he serves as chairman. He also acted as seed investors and chairman in several startups including B-Hive & Traffix Systems.

 

Prof. Meir Feder, Venture Partner

Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University. Meir is an internationally recognized authority in signal processing, communication and information theory, holds Sc.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He’s an IEEE Fellow, earned several academic awards including the IEEE Information Theory society best paper award. During his career he has worked with Intel on the MMX architecture and designing efficient multimedia algorithms for it. He also played an active role in establishing new technology companies; founded Peach Networks in 1998, a provider of server-based interactive TV system via the cable network - Acquired by Microsoft in 2000. Co-founded Bandwiz, a provider of massive content delivery systems for enterprise networks. Co-founded Amimon in In 2004, a fabless ASIC Company, the developer of "Wireless Home Digital Interface" (WHDI™) technology.

 

Tal Jacobi, Chief Financial Officer

Tal is responsible for the Fund's financial operations and financial reporting .Tal uses her expertise in providing guidance and assistance to the fund's portfolio companies. 

Tal brings to StageOne extensive financial experience after spending 6 years at Clal Industries and Investments (a subsidiary of the IDB, the largest conglomerate in Israel), where she was responsible, among other things, for financial control of several of its venture capital funds.

 

Tal is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) with a BA in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.