Yuval Cohen, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Cohen is the founder of Fortissimo Capital. Prior to founding Fortissimo, he was a General Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), an international venture capital firm with over $650 million under management. Mr. Cohen led the investments and served on the boards of numerous companies, including: PowerDsine Ltd. (Nasdaq: PDSN), Precise Software Solutions, Inc. (sold to Veritas Software Corporation. Nasdaq: PRSE), T.sqware, Inc. (sold to Globespan Inc. Nasdaq: GSPN), Sheer Networks, Sphera Corporation, Teleknowledge Group, Celltick Technologies, and Quarry Technologies.
Prior to joining JVP, Mr. Cohen held various executive positions in the Silicon Valley, and was the Vice President of Business Development and also served as the General Manager of the licensing division at DSP Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSPG). In addition, he served as the Vice President of Marketing at VDOnet Corporation and as the Assistant to the President of Intel Capital at Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC).
Mr. Cohen received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Blatt is a partner in Fortissimo Capital funds, and enjoys more than 15 years of professional and managerial experience in the field_sof finance and business operations for leading high-tech companies. Prior to joining Fortissimo, he served as CFO and Vice President of Finance and Operations of Noosh, Inc., a supplier of cross-enterprise e-business software solutions. Prior to joining Noosh, Mr. Blatt was the Director of Operations at CheckPoint Software Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: CHKP) and was previously the Operations Controller at Madge Networks (sold to Avaya). Prior to joining Madge, Mr. Blatt held senior finance and operations positions at Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) and Israel Chemicals. Mr. Blatt holds an MBA from Indiana University and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.
Mr. Lesnick is a partner in Fortissimo Capital. Prior to joining Fortissimo, He served as the Managing Director of Jerusalem Global, a boutique investment bank that specialized in raising capital for Israeli-based technology startup companies. Mr. Lesnick managed a team of 16 professionals and was very helpful and influential in the raising of $250 million for 35 companies, several of which later went public or were acquired. He was also part of the founding team of a spin-off of Jerusalem Global, which raised $74 million from institutional investors and specialized in raising private equity for technology startup companies. The company was sold in 2001 to a US based incubator.
Prior to moving to Israel and joining Jerusalem Global, Mr. Lesnick served as a senior corporate attorney at the New York offices of Weil, Gotshal and Manges. As a lawyer, Mr. Lesnick led 16 Israeli-related transactions and represented many of the leading financial institutions with respect to public and private financing as well as M&A, buyouts, restructures, reorganizations and securities-related activities.
Mr. Lesnick received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Yeshiva University.