Board Of Directors

Dr. Shimon Eckhouse, Chairman (Co-Founder)

Dr. Eckhouse is one of Israel’s most prominent entrepreneurs and inventor in medical devices and technology.
Among his many ventures and accomplishments are:
Co-founder and chairman of Syneron Medical Ltd. (Nasdaq ELOS)
“Entrepreneur of the year” in Israel, 2006, and Israeli “Innovator of the year”, 2009.
Chairman of Tulip, Rapid Medical, Opticul Diagnostic, C3D, RealView, Calore, Orsense
Was co-founder, chairman and CEO of of ColorChip.
Co-founder & chairman of Ventor Medical, acquired by Medtronic in 2009 ($325M)
Founder, chairman, CEO of ESC Medical until 1999; Went public on Nasdaq in 1996, raised more than $250M. Company reached valuation of more than $1B
Inventor of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology of Lumenis – most popular non-invasive energy-based technology for non-invasive aesthetic applications.

Dr. Eckhouse holds B.Sc. in physics from the Technion, Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Irvine.
He has more than 100 patents, published more than 50 papers in leading refereed journals and conferences. Member of the Board of Directors of the Technion.

Yaffa Krindel, Director

Yaffa Krindel is a professional director focusing on healthcare companies. She serves as a director in Syneron Medical, trading in Nasdaq (ELOS) since November 2005 and Itamar Medical, trading in TAX (ITMR) since 2016. She is also the chairperson of EZbra Advanced Wound Care, a private hi-tech company and a director in BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben Gurion University.

Prior public board positions include: Fundteh, traded on Nasdaq, until its acquisition by private equity fund GTCR, Voltaire, until its acquisition by Mellanox and BreezeCOM Ltd., then traded on Nasdaq and TAX.
Throughout her career, Ms. Krindel served on the boards of close to 30 private hi-tech companies.

From 1997 until 2007, Ms. Krindel served as Managing Partner of Star Ventures, a private venture capital fund headquartered in Munich, Germany with $1 billion under management. Before joining Star Ventures, Ms. Krindel served from 1992 and 1996 as CFO and VP Finance of Lannet Data Communications Ltd., then a publicly-traded company on Nasdaq (now part of Avaya Inc.). From 1993 to 1997, she served as CFO and later as director of Breezecom.

Ms. Krindel has earned an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Economics and Japanese Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, both with distinction.

Chaim Friedman, Director

Previously co-founder and CFO at STARLIMS, a global informatics provider, directing its financial and commercial operations including company’s 2007 Nasdaq IPO and subsequent $123 million acquisition by Abbott in 2010. Holds a B.Sc. degree in economics and management from Technion.

Yoni Cheifetz, Director

Yoni is based in Lightspeed’s Israel office and leads the firm’s investment activity in Israel with areas of interest that include Internet, digital media, mobile, communications, software, semiconductors, and cleantech. He has nine years of venture capital experience and sixteen years of operating experience.

Previously, Yoni was a partner with Star Ventures, a leading Israeli venture capital fund. At Star Ventures, Yoni led investments into AeroScout (acquired by Stanley Black & Decker), Kabira (acquired by Tibco), Mercado (acquired by Omniture), Sandlinks, Sheer Networks (acquired by Cisco), and Teneros (acquired by Onging Operations). Before joining Star Ventures, Yoni was a serial entrepreneur for sixteen years, serving as a co-founder, CEO, chairman, or investor in several software companies, including: Demantra (acquired by Oracle), Agentics (acquired by Mercado), Earnix and Traiana (acquired by ICAP). Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Yoni ran product management and business development for Click Software (CKSW).

Yoni holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University and an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Alon Ironi, CEO (Co-Founder)

Alon Ironi is an experienced hi-tech entrepreneur and leader.
Prior to leading Theranica, as the CEO and co-founder of Siano Mobile Silicon, he led the company from birth to obtaining the leading position of the worldwide market for mobile digital TV receiver chips.
Prior to Siano Alon was the CEO of Emblaze Semiconductor, where he led the company to develop and market a first-of-its-kind mobile video encoder chip.
Previously, Alon was the VP R&D of Zoran corporation, where he initiated and architected the camera-on-a-chip (COACH) concept and product line.
Alon holds a BSEE (Cum Laude) from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and an MSEE from Santa Clara University (CA, USA).