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Michael joined Playcast in September 2014 after a 25-year career growing VC-backed startups in the the videogame, Internet media and software industries. Before Playcast, Michael was President & CEO of Skytide, Inc., a big data video analytics company that was acquired by Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRX) in December 2013. Prior to Skytide and Citrix, Michael was President, Social Media, Cisco Media Solutions Group after Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) had acquired Five Across, Inc., a social networking platform company where Michael was CEO. Michael was also President & CEO of Salon Media Group, a pioneering Web content publisher that introduced some of the Internet's first advertising and "freemium" business models and successfully completed a NASDAQ Initial Public Offering. Michael is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and resides in San Francisco with his wife and four children.
Previously VP Engineering @HOT (Israel’s cable operator), in charge of product & deployments. Elad has an outstanding operational track record with launching and operating national scale digital entertainment services, including one of the world’s first and most successful VoD services.
Yuval is an experienced research and development executive in the video and image processing space. Before joining Playcast, Yuval managed software development for HP's Large Format Printers. Previously, he managed the development of Kodak's professional photography software for high-end digital cameras. Yuval held several technology roles in Intel and IBM Research where he specialized in video streaming and media frameworks. Yuval holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. His M.Sc. research was on streaming 3D graphics using video.
Extensive experience serving as a financial, commercial and operational executive in investments companies and leading high-growth technology companies. Guy's skills include financial management and analysis, investment management, fundraising, strategic business development, M&A transactions.
Playcast board membersare seasoned, world class
Yair is a partner with MK Capital based in the Firm's Los Angeles offices. He brings deep management and operating expertise in the digital media, digital production and gaming spaces. Prior to joining MK Capital, Landau served as Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President of Sony Pictures Digital, which he formed in 1999 and consisted of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Online Entertainment. As head of corporate development for Sony Pictures, Landau was responsible for securing the underlying rights to the SPIDERMAN franchise, as well as launching Movielink, the 5-studio movie download service. Under Landau's direction, Sony Pictures Imageworks developed into a leading digital animation and visual effects company. Yair also formed and managed Sony Pictures Animation, a full-scale animation unit producing full-length CG animated feature films. As well, Landau guided Sony Online Entertainment into a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games before it was transitioned under Sony Playstation following his departure. Yair is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Gadi is a Partner with JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners), and brings with him a track record in the digital media and service provider industries. Prior to JVP, Gadi was Corporate VP of Product Marketing and member of the executive committee for NDS (Acquired by Cisco for $5B), a leader in digital pay-TV systems, supporting some of the largest digital broadcast platforms such as DIRECTV, BSkyB, Canal Digital and more. At NDS, Gadi established the business of digital interactive TV in the late 90s, catering to the likes of Sky Sports, MTV, Discovery, QVC and other leading TV channels. Prior to NDS, Gadi held a variety of positions in software and Internet-based R&D organizations, including Director of Product Marketing at ServiceSoft Corp. Gadi holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics as well as an Executive MBA from the Hebrew University.
Agnes is an accomplished media executive with expertise in publishing and interactive media. Currently, Agnes is a founding partner with the management consulting firm Act III Consultants. Prior to Act III, Agnes was Chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing. With 4 billion Euros in revenues, Vivendi Universal Publishing is the world's third largest producer of educational publications and video games including World of Warcraft and Starcraft. Agnes had originally joined the Vivendi group as Chairman and CEO of one of their subsidiaries, Liris Interactive, one of France's first multimedia start-ups which ultimately became Havas Interactive. Prior to that, Agnes was head of Lagardere/Hachette's Consumer Publishing division and spent four years with McKinsey. Agnes holds a degree in Law and graduated from the Paris Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is currently also serves on the Board of ITV (UK), Neopost (France) and Fondation de France.
Mr. Mer is the founder and CEO of C. Mer Industries (TASE), a leading communications infrastructure provider. The Mer Group ranks among the world's leading independent, vertically integrated providers of turnkey solutions for Telecommunications, Security, Defense and other sectors. Since founding the company, Mr. Mer has lead the group to become a multinational organization with dozens of companies, with operations in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Among C. Mer's clients and partners are some of the world's major technology and service companies, including Alcatel, American Towers, Ericsson, Motorola, Nextel, Nortel, Siemens and Telefonica.