Aaron Mankovski's tenure in venture capital started in 1996 when he co-founded Eucalyptus Ventures, and has served as Managing Director since that time. He continued as Managing General Partner of Pitango Venture Capital since the merger of the Eucalyptus and Pitango management groups in 2000.
Prior to joining the Venture industry, Aaron had 16 years of experience in Executive Management in the high-technology sector in Israel and abroad. Prior to founding Eucalyptus, he served as Corporate Vice President of Orbotech Ltd.(NASDAQ: ORBK), responsible for worldwide operations, sales and customer support.
From 1986 to 1993, Aaron served as President and CEO of Orbotech Inc, HQ in Boston USA., where he also guided the merger of Orbot and Optrotech that led to the establishment of Orbotech. He previously was a sales executive at IBM.
Aaron holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics from Tel Aviv University and has also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force.
Aaron served on the Board of Directors of Chromatis Networks (acquired by Lucent for $4.5 Billion). He currently serves on numerous Board of Directors of Pitango portfolio companies (see complete list on the right)
Aaron was elected in 2009 to serve as the Chairman of the HighTech Industries Association (HTIA, formerly known as IVA) where he led the transformation of the organization from a venture capital organization to an organization representing the entire High Tech Industry in Israel. Later in 2011 the association merged with Israel Life Science Association (ILSI) to create Israel Advance Technology Industries (IATI). Aaron completed his tenure in 2012.
Aaron also serves on the board of Governors of the Tel Aviv University and the board of the Foundation of the Israeli Philharmonic orchestra.
Driven, resilient leader, with strategic clarity, intellectual rigor and the vital ability to
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critical decisions through sound judgement.
Responds to changing market conditions with remarkable initiatives and programs.
Achieved a strong track record of performance in turnaround and dynamic high-tech
organizations. Capable to resolve multiple and complex issues and motivating staff to
Believes in team spirit and efforts to drive organizational improvements and
implementation of best practices. Recognized for superior interpersonal skills and
Being able to scale from running a start-up company to a multi-billion $ organization.
As a Managing Director of Globespan, Dave sources new investment opportunities, evaluates and negotiates investments, and serves on the boards of portfolio companies. Based in Boston, he focuses on investments in Software, Internet/Infrastructure and Cleantech companies. He also leads Globespan's CIO Advisory Board, which he helped to establish. Dave brings deep operating expertise in fast-growth environments, a strategic market view, and an intense commitment to help the firm's entrepreneurs achieve success in the technology marketplace. Dave serves on the boards of expressor software, Fortisphere, Luidia, MarketLive, OpenSpan and Q1 Labs. He serves as a Board Observer for Applied Identity, and OpenPages. Dave previously served on the boards of Cloakware (acquired by Irdeto), Ingrian Networks (acquired by SafeNet), and Reflectent (acquired by Citrix). Prior to Globespan, Dave was a Principal of JAFCO Ventures, where he focused on enterprise software opportunities. In his most recent operating positions, Dave held leadership roles at then start-up Family Education Network's (FEN), first as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and then as Senior Vice President and General Manager of FEN's distributed content management software business. Instrumental in FEN's rapid growth, he helped to establish the company's industry-leading position, with more than 4 million monthly visitors and a national network of more than 10,000 schools. He also helped to secure revenue and/or investment from AOL, AT&T, Fleet Bank, and Intel for FEN, which was acquired by Pearson PLC (NYSE:PSO). Before joining FEN, Dave served as a Vice President and GM at Trans National Group (TNG), where he successfully ran and sold TNG's start-up Canadian credit card business to Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO). During his tenure at TNG, Dave was a member of the founding team that developed businesses in the US, the UK, France and Germany. He also contributed to its venture investments group. Working as a team is core to Dave's open and honest approach to achieving results, which to him means "exposing your weaknesses to your teammates and letting them help you through those areas as you help them through theirs."Dave's combined experience as a founder, operating executive and venture capitalist offers a powerful lens on the business of technology for the firm's portfolio companies. "I have experienced both success and failure, and I think both are critical in what I do now. Getting to ultimate success in this market involves taking risks. Sometimes those risks end up in failure. Our job is to help manage risk, minimize the impact of failure, capitalize on successes along the way and leverage it all for ultimate success."Dave is a member of Gartner's Executive Programs (EXP), a membership-based organization for 3,300 CIOs worldwide. He also a member of the New England Clean Energy Council innovation task force and a steering committee member of the Ignite Clean Energy Competition. Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with honors, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA, with honors, from Boston University. He is also a CPA. When Dave is not helping his entrepreneurs, he is spending time with his wife and four children. Dave also enjoys traveling, exercise, reading, tennis and golf.
Chromatis Networks, Kilopass Technology, Mysticom, Negevtech, Optimal Plus, PacketLight Networks, Proficiency, Sterna Technologies, and Vigil Locating Systems
BitSight Technologies, CloudShare, Expressor Software Corporation, Ingrian Networks, Luidia (acquired by PNF), MarketLive, Nantero, OpenPages, OpenSpan, Perfecto Mobile, Q1Labs, and Turbonomic
Capitolis, Collactive, Cotendo, Deep AI Technologies, Hourly, Jajah, Kontera Technologies, Lemonade, Oolo AI, Oribi, Pecan, PentaCom, Personeta, Pyramid Analytics, Salt Security, SANRAD, Silent Communication, Taykey, Traiana, and Wilocity