We're very excited about this upcoming event!
Emmanuel Benzaquen and Maty Siman have been growing Checkmarx together to global scale since the company's inception in 2006. In March the control of the software security company was sold to a U.S. private equity firm in a cash deal at a valuation of $1.15 billion. The regular challenges of an M&A deal were compounded by the Coronavirus lockdown.
With offices in nine countries and customers across 70 countries, Checkmarx has a story that will serve as a source for insights and inspiration to Entrepreneurs all around the globe. It delivers pride to the Israeli startup scene and we're very happy to host its founder & CTO and CEO together on one stage.
This event will be hosted jointly with The Jerusalem Post and moderated by journalist Hillel Fuld. Hillel is a tech blogger, and he collaborates with tech giants to transform Startup Nation to Scale-up Nation.
Following the fireside chat and audience Q&A, we'll continue with business networking over virtual breakout rooms.
It's going to be a super interesting and high-quality event, so don't wait to get your tickets! See registration link below.
Mr. Benzaquen is a French-born entrepreneur with a dual-career spanning the Silicon Valley and Israel over the past 25 years.
Helming Checkmarx since its inception in 2006, he has led the company from vision to reality in pioneering and bringing application security solutions to the masses, and becoming a globally-recognized cybersecurity powerhouse.
Prior to Checkmarx, Mr. Benzaquen held numerous leadership positions in the semiconductor, enterprise software, and IT fields for organizations including Argonaut RISC Core (ARC), which completed its IPO in 2000 (LSE: ARK) and was later acquired by Virage Logic (now Synopsys, NASDAQ: SNPS), Embedded Performance Inc., which was acquired by Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT), and Illuminator, which was acquired by EMC (now Dell EMC, NYSE: DELL).
Mr. Benzaquen earned both his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees in International Business and Electrical Engineering, respectively.
Mr. Siman is a technology expert. He has been active in the IT industry for the past 12 years and has experience in software development, IT security and source-code analysis. Prior to founding Checkmarx, Mr. Siman worked for two years at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office as a senior IT security expert and project manager. Prior to that he spent six years with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), where he was elected for the STAR excellence program and taught several consecutive sessions of their prestigious application development course (Mamram). He established and led a development team in the Information Security Center (InfoSec) and completed military academy as an IT Security R & D Officer. He regularly speaks at IT security conferences and holds the highly regarded CISSP certification since 2003.
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Chemi Peres is a Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango.
In 1992, he founded the Mofet Israel Technology Fund, an Israeli venture capital fund publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Prior to Mofet, Chemi held managerial positions at Decision Systems Israel (DSI). Chemi served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 10 years.
Chemi has served on the boards of several NASDAQ companies, such as AudioCodes, BackWeb, Magic Software Enterprises, Aladdin, VocalTec, Orckit Communications and Koor Industries, among others.
He currently serves on the boards of numerous Pitango portfolio companies.
Chemi also serves as a board member in several non-for-profit organizations. He is chairman of the Peres center for Peace, board member at Social Finance Israel and serves on the board of Governors of The Jewish Diaspora Museum.
He holds BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering and MBA from Tel Aviv University
Visit Chemi's blog: www.chemiperes.com
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Hillel's work is published on some of the world's top tech publications including TechCrunch, Venturebeat, Inc, Entrepreneur, The Next Web, Business Insider, and more, bringing Israel's energetic tech scene to life. He collaborates with leading global brands including Google, Oracle, Microsoft, and Nike. But, what does he actually do? Here is the whole story! Say hi on Twitter - @Hilzfuld
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