Axon. An early stage fund serving Talpiot alumni, founded by Talpiot alumni and supported by the Talpiot community.
Talpiot graduates have built hundreds of companies worth over $50B. If you’re setting out on your own journey, we’re here to help.

The Team

Arik Czerniak

General Partner

Arik Czerniak

General Partner

Arik Czerniak is a Talpiot graduate, former IAF fighter pilot, angel investor, and experienced entrepreneur. He founded Metacafe in 2003 and served as its CEO, raising $50M from Benchmark and Accel. In 2008, Arik co-founded Supersonic, a mobile ad network, which was sold to ironsSource in 2015.

Arik holds a Bs.c in Mathematics, Physics, Computer science, and Business Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also plays electric guitar, paints, and writes books.

Arik Czerniak is a Talpiot graduate, former IAF fighter pilot, angel investor, and experienced entrepreneur. He founded Metacafe in 2003 and served as its CEO, raising $50M from Benchmark and Accel. In 2008, Arik co-founded Supersonic, a mobile ad network, which was sold to ironSource in 2015.

Arik holds a B. Sc. in mathematics, physics, computer science, and business management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also plays electric guitar, paints, and writes books.

Ophir Shoham

General Partner

Ophir is a Talpiot graduate. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 36 years before retiring as a Rear Admiral. He has been managing Marius Nacht’s high-tech investments since 2018.

During his diverse career in defense, he held various technological, operational, and staff positions, including Commanding Officer of a Missile Corvette, Head of the Planning Division in the IDF General Staff, Head of the C4IT/LOTEM Division, and served as Director of Defense Research and Development Directorate of the IMOD/IDF (MAFAT) from 2010-2016.

Ophir holds a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in physics and mathematics and an M.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in applied physics, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an avid long-distance runner and holds a black belt in Judo.

Ophir is a Talpiot graduate. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 36 years before retiring as a Rear Admiral. He has been managing Marius Nacht’s high-tech investments since 2018.

During his diverse career in defense, he held various technological, operational, and staff positions, including Commanding Officer of a Missile Corvette, Head of the Planning Division in the IDF General Staff, Head of the C4IT/LOTEM Division, and served as Director of Defense Research and Development Directorate of the IMOD/IDF (MAFAT) from 2010-2016.

Ophir holds a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in physics and mathematics and an M.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in applied physics, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an avid long-distance runner and holds a black belt in Judo.

Ophir Shoham

General Partner

Arad Naveh

General Partner

Arad Naveh

General Partner

An Israeli venture capital leader with 20 years of experience, Arad has served as a partner at Benchmark Capital, 2001-2015, and at Square Peg Capital, 2016-2019. His notable investments include: Oplus Technologies (acquired by Intel); Finjan Security (Nasdaq:FNJN); Sentrigo (acquired by McAfee); Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom); Cotendo (acquired by Akamai); Panaya (acquired by Infosys) Wilocity (acquired by Qualcomm); Supersonic (acquired by IronSource); and Fiverr (NYSE:FVRR).

Before venture capital, Arad was a tech entrepreneur and founding CEO of Class Data Systems, which was sold to Cisco in 1998. He subsequently led Cisco’s corporate development activities in Israel, leading acquisitions and minority investments in Israeli tech companies. Arad started his career as a research engineer in the Israeli MOD Research Labs.

Arad holds a B.Sc. Cum Laude, In Computer and Electrical Engineering from the Ben Gurion university of the Negev. He loves to trek and mountain bike.

An Israeli venture capital leader with 20 years of experience, Arad has served as a partner at Benchmark Capital, 2001-2015, and at Square Peg Capital, 2016-2019. His notable investments include: Oplus Technologies (acquired by Intel); Finjan Security (Nasdaq:FNJN); Sentrigo (acquired by McAfee); Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom); Cotendo (acquired by Akamai); Panaya (acquired by Infosys) Wilocity (acquired by Qualcomm); Supersonic (acquired by IronSource); and Fiverr (NYSE:FVRR).

Before venture capital, Arad was a tech entrepreneur and founding CEO of Class Data Systems, which was sold to Cisco in 1998. He subsequently led Cisco’s corporate development activities in Israel, leading acquisitions and minority investments in Israeli tech companies. Arad started his career as a research engineer in the Israeli MOD Research Labs.

Arad holds a B.Sc. Cum Laude, In Computer and Electrical Engineering from the Ben Gurion university of the Negev. He loves to trek and mountain bike.

Axon Team
Members

Dan Yalovsky

COO/CFO

During his 15 years as an operational and financial executive, Dan led US and Israeli companies through multiple investment rounds, M&A transactions, financial facility deals, and large content IP assets acquisitions and distribution transactions.

Dan was the SVP of Finance and SVP Operations of a Millennium Media distribution company. He served as CFO of Supersonic, a mobile ad network that was sold to ironSource in 2015, and has held similar positions in other Israeli tech companies.

Dan holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University (member of the Israeli Bar Association), and an MBA from California State University, where he graduated with honors and is a member of the BGS academic honor society. He is a passionate hiker.

During his 15 years as an operational and financial executive, Dan led US and Israeli companies through multiple investment rounds, M&A transactions, financial facility deals, and large content IP assets acquisitions and distribution transactions. Dan was the SVP of Finance and SVP Operations of a Millennium Media distribution company. He served as CFO of Supersonic, a mobile ad network that was sold to ironsource in 2015, and has held similar positions in other Israeli tech companies. Dan holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University (member of the Israeli Bar Association), and an MBA from California State University, where he graduated with honors and is a member of the BGS academic honor society. He is a passionate hiker.

Dan Yalovsky

COO/CFO
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