The team

  • Avi Kivity


    Avi Kivity, CTO of ScyllaDB, is known mostly for starting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) project, the hypervisor underlying many production clouds. He has worked for Qumranet and Red Hat as KVM maintainer until December 2012. Avi is now CTO of ScyllaDB, a company that seeks to bring the same kind of innovation to the public cloud space.

  • Dor Laor


    Dor Laor is the CEO of ScyllaDB. Previously, Dor was part of the founding team of the KVM hypervisor under Qumranet that was acquired by Red Hat. At Red Hat Dor was managing the KVM and Xen development for several years. Dor holds an MSc from the Technion and a Phd in snowboarding.

  • Shlomi Livne

    VP of R&D

    Shlomi Livne has 15 years of experience in software development of large scale systems. Previously he has led the research and development team at Convergin, which was acquired by Oracle. Shlomi holds a BA and MSc in Computer Science from the Technion-Machon Technologi Le’ Israel.

  • Alec Leschin

    VP of Business Development

    Alec has been successfully contributing in business development and sales capacities for twenty-two years, with such companies as NetManage, Netscape, Micromuse, and Splunk. Interests include compelling technology, go-to-market strategy and implementation, food/music/travel and time with family.

  • Takuya Asada

    Software Developer

    Takuya Asada is a system software developer interested in operating system development, especially high-speed networking and virtualization. In the past he worked on BSD based router firmware development, researched performance improvement of high-speed networking on Linux/FreeBSD, and developed L2 protocol of server-centric network on Linux kernel.

  • Glauber Costa

    Software Developer

    Glauber Costa (Lord Glauber I of Sealand) has been working with Virtualization in the Linux Kernel for 10 years, with contributions ranging from the Xen Hypervisor to all sorts of guest functionality and containers. He specializes in not being specialized, and brings his royal expertise to make NoSQL exactly what he is not: slim and fast.

  • Pekka Enberg

    Software Developer

    Pekka Enberg is a software engineer currently working on ScyllaDB. He has been a Linux kernel contributor for the past 10 years and has worked on various other open source projects. He has extensive background in UNIX kernels and the JVM.

  • Tomasz Grabiec

    Software Developer

    Tomasz Grabiec is a software engineer. Prior to joining ScyllaDB he worked for UBS IB and Sabre Holdings on systems built with Java technology. He’s been a contributor to the Jato VM project, an open source implementation of the JVM.

  • Nadav Har’El

    Software Developer

    Nadav Har’El has had a diverse 20 year career in computer programming and computer science. In the past he worked in high-performance scientific computing, in networking software, and in information retrieval and data mining, but in recent years his focus has been on virtualization and operating systems, and among other things he has worked on nested virtualization and exit-less I/O in KVM, and today is focusing on ScyllaDB.

  • Gleb Natapov

    Software Developer

    Gleb Natapov is a long-time open source developer who previously worked on the open source routing suite “Zebra”, the OpenMPI HPC library, KVM hypervisor for Linux, the OSv unikernel, and now ScyllaDB.

  • Asias He

    Software Developer

    Asias He is a system software developer interested in operating systems, virtualization and cloud. He is a Debian Developer, and has been contributing to Debian since 2008. He has been working on the Native Linux KVM Tools project as one of the core developers since 2010. In 2012 and 2013, Asias worked on improving KVM storage performance, as well as designing and implementing a new virtio device for KVM: Virtio VM Sockets. Now he is focusing on ScyllaDB.

  • Amnon Heiman

    Software Developer

    Amnon has 15 years of experience in software development of large scale systems. Previously he worked at Convergin, which was acquired by Oracle. Amnon holds a BA and MSc in Computer Science from the Technion-Machon Technologi Le’ Israel and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

  • Raphael Carvalho

    Software Developer

    Raphael S. Carvalho is a computer programmer who loves open source, and especially kernel programming. He has worked on bringing new file system support as well as allowing multiple file systems to co-exist, so-called MultiFS support, for the open source project Syslinux. Needless to say, he has mostly been working on SSTable handling for ScyllaDB.

  • Calle Wilund

    Software Developer

    Co-founder of Appeal Virtual Machines and one of the principal architects behind the JRockit JVM, Calle Wilund has an extensive background in software development, specializing in virtual machines, compiler technologies and high performance computing as well as systems manageability.

  • Vladislav Zolotarov

    Software Developer

    Vlad specializes in networking, mostly L2. He has worked at on projects for Mellanox, the bnx2x Linux device driver for Broadcom, and on the ScaleMP Virtual Device System for network interfaces. Vlad studied at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science.

  • Paweł Dziepak

    Software Developer

    Paweł Dziepak is a software developer working on ScyllaDB. He is interested in, among others, distributed systems. Previously he has been contributing to Haiku, an operating system targeting personal computers, and worked on an NFS client.

  • Lucas Meneghel Rodrigues

    Software Developer

    Lucas is a software engineer specialized in test automation development. Over the years he’s helped to develop and maintain test frameworks such as autotest and avocado. He lets computers do what they do best (run sequences of instructions predictably) and let humans do what they do best (analyze results and draw conclusions from them). He strongly believes that testing infrastructure should be developed in the open, instead of in-house.

  • Benoît Canet

    Software Developer

    Benoît is a developer who has done every computer-related job you have ever heard of, before landing at the intersection of storage and virtualization. His current interest is on OSv, Seastar and ScyllaDB.

  • Piotr Jastrzebski

    Software Developer

    Piotr is a software engineer with over 15 years of experience in programming. Previously he worked for a hedge fund called Two Sigma on alpha/system models execution infrastructure and for Google on Android Java Runtime and Google Search on Android. Piotr holds a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Warsaw.

  • Eyal Gutkind

    Solution Architect

    Eyal Gutkind is a solution architect for Scylla. Prior to Scylla Eyal held product management roles at Mirantis and DataStax. Prior to DataStax Eyal spent 12 years with Mellanox Technologies in various engineering management and product marketing roles.Eyal holds a BSc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben Gurion University, Israel and MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, North Carolina.

  • Duarte Nunes

    Software Developer

    Duarte Nunes is a Software Engineer working on ScyllaDB. He has a background in concurrent programming, distributed systems and low-latency software. Prior to ScyllaDB, he worked on MidoNet, an open source distributed network virtualization platform, making it fast and scalable.

  • Nir Mayaan

    Solution Architect

    Nir brings customer care experience to ScyllaDB. Prior to joining ScyllaDB he worked with companies from variety of fields including cloud, telecom and databases. In his free time he enjoys sport activities such as snowboarding, mountain biking and spend time with his family.

  • Amos Kong

    Software Developer

    Amos Kong is a software engineer who has contributed to Linux kernel, KVM virtualization, and the Autotest framework. He likes the free, open and sharing spirit in communities, and now joins in ScyllaDB to build the best database.

  • Tzach Livyatan

    Product Manager

    Tzach Livyatan has a B.A. and MSc in Computer Science (Technion, Summa Cum Laude), and has had a 15 year career in development, system engineering and product management. In the past he worked in the Telecom domain, focusing on carrier grade systems, signalling, policy and charging applications.

  • Karin Nidam

    Administrative Manager

    Among the rest, Karin is the responsible person of the Israel headquarters and the US subsidiary for legal, tax and accounting matters. Karin has finished her management and communication degree during 2001 and since then managed and had the opportunity to lead various projects. Among her roles Karin was the Israel Equestrian Federation SG for 6 years and continued as an external consultant for International Equestrians matters for further 4 years. Karin was the first one ever that organized produced and carry out the Equestrians discipline events during the 2013 Maccbiah Games.

The Board

  • Benny Schnaider


    Benny Schnaider is a high-tech serial entrepreneur. Benny was the CEO and co-founder of Qumranet (KVM) acquired by Red Hat, the CEO and founder of PentaCom Ltd. (network product provider) acquired by Cisco, and the co-founder and board member of P-Cube (developer of IP service control platforms) acquired by Cisco. Recently he co-founded Ravello systems and serves as its president and board chairman.

    Benny also invests and serves as a board member in several start-ups. Traffix Systems (acquired by F5 in 2012) and B-Hive (acquired by VMware in 2008), OptiCul Diagnostics and Colabo. Benny has held senior management, engineering and strategic roles at many Silicon-Valley based companies including Cisco Systems, Amdahl/Fujitsu, Hitachi, IDT, Sun Microsystems and 3Com. Benny holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

  • Ariel Maislos

    Co-Founder & President of Anobit Technologies

    Ariel Maislos is the Co – Founder and President of Anobit Technologies. Prior to Co – Founding Anobit, Mr. Maislos was Co – Founder and President of Passave, which was acquired by PMC Sierra (NASDAQ:PMCS) in 2006. He has filed numerous patents in the fields of signal processing and digital communications, and was an editor of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard.

  • Amit Karp

    VP at Bessemer Venture Partners

    Amit Karp, a vice president in BVP Israel’s Herzliya office, joined the firm in 2012. He focuses on investments in the software, mobile and digital media sectors and has been closely involved in Bessemer’s investments in Thinking Phone Networks. He is also actively involved in BVP’s investments in Apperian, Vasona Networks, Syncsort and Perimeter E-Security.

    Previously, Amit was a senior associate in McKinsey & Company, advising companies on projects related to IT strategy and Telecom. Amit blogs at

  • Adam Fisher

    A partner at Bessemer Venture Partners

    Adam Fisher is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he manages the firm’s Herzliya office focused on investments in Israel and Europe. He joined BVP in 2007 after 9 years with Jerusalem Venture Partners, where he was partner in their New York, Jerusalem and Beijing offices. Adam covers several areas of investment at BVP, including consumer Internet, enterprise SaaS and data center infrastructure, and disruptive technology companies in storage and wireless.

  • Avi Kivity

    CTO of ScyllaDB

    Avi Kivity, CTO of ScyllaDB, is known mostly for starting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) project, the hypervisor underlying many production clouds. He has worked for Qumranet and Red Hat as KVM maintainer until December 2012. Avi is now CTO of ScyllaDB, a company that seeks to bring the same kind of innovation to the public cloud space.

  • Dor Laor

    CEO of ScyllaDB

    Dor Laor is the CEO of ScyllaDB. Previously, Dor was part of the founding team of the KVM hypervisor under Qumranet that was acquired by Red Hat. At Red Hat Dor was managing the KVM and Xen development for several years.Dor holds an MSc from the Technion and a Phd in snowboarding.

  • Shahar Tzafrir

    General Partner at Magma Venture Partners

    Shahar Tzafrir joined Magma in 2013, and brings the firm over two decades of entrepreneurial and executive operational know-how. Mr. Tzafrir is a 3x Start-up veteran (his three Start-ups were acquired by VMware (NASDAQ: VMW); CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA); and Cordys respectively).
    Prior to Magma, Shahar served as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Field Operations at Digital Fuel Technologies (2006-2011) in London, where he built and launched Digital Fuel’s successful business trajectory, including direct sales, inside-sales, and partner & channel sales. There, Shahar also established the company’s SaaS and cloud sales model. Prior to his tenure in London, Shahar was the General Manager and Vice President of R&D at Digital Fuel Technologies’ Israel branch (2005-2006), where he oversaw a turnaround in the company’s product group. From 2000-2005, Shahar served as Vice President of R&D and Services at Oblicore, where he oversaw the company’s product definition and execution from its first stages of inception. Before Oblicore, Shahar founded the Start-up Federation Inc. (1997-2000). Shahar began his career in the ICT field during his service in the Israeli Defense Forces Mamram computer software unit (1991-1997). In Mamram, Shahar was the recipient of 4 outstanding performance awards, including the Signal and Communication Corps annual decoration. In his spare time Shahar enjoys nature photography and chess.

Our Investors

Founded in New York in 1911, BVP has funded over 100 start-ups that went on to become independent public companies, among them Skype, Hotjobs, Yelp, Versant (now Symantec), and Staples. From offices in New York, Silicon Valley, Boston, Mumbai and Herzliya, BVP today manages more than US$2 billion of venture capital, invested in more than 130 start-ups around the world.

Innovation Endeavors empowers the best and brightest to connect and launch game-changing ventures. Founded in 2010 by Dror Berman and funded by Eric Schmidt, Innovation has backed over 100 entrepreneurs and more than 46 early stage companies. With its open space office in Palo Alto, Innovation Endeavors is changing the way venture capital firms and entrepreneurs interact, embracing fun, accessible, and design-driven entrepreneurship.

Wing is a purpose-built venture capital firm founded by 2 industry veterans with a different view of what it takes to build enduring companies. Our sole focus is the transformation of Business Technology by the Cloud, Mobility and Data. We commit to our companies in their early stages, but engage for the long term. Our body of work spans two decades and dozens of companies, 16 of which have executed successful IPO’s and achieved market caps in excess of $1 billion. Recent examples of our work include FireEye, Mobile Iron, Nimble Storage, Opower and Ruckus Wireless. Helping build companies like these is our singular purpose at Wing.

As the Venture Capital investment group of Qualcomm, the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies, Qualcomm Ventures has been making investments in early-stage technology companies since 2000. Qualcomm Ventures seeks to make strategic investments in high-technology companies that have the potential to dramatically transform our world. For more information please visit

Magma is a leading venture capital firm founded in 1999 with over $500 million under management. Magma specializes in investments in early stage companies developing innovative technologies in sectors such as Software/Platform/ Infrastructure as a service (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), data storage, cyber security, internet, mobile, cloud and new media. Magma focuses on Israeli-related opportunities and helps to build companies that target global markets and create industry leading success stories. Notable exits include: Waze (acquired by Google), Onavo (acquired by Facebook), Provigent (acquired by Broadcom), Wintegra (acquired by PMC-Sierra), DesignArt (acquired by Qualcomm) and others. For more information, please visit