Ronen Nir

Ronen Nir

General Partner at Viola Ventures

Ronen Joined Viola Ventures (formerly known as Carmel Ventures) in February 2008 and currently serves as a General Partner. His investment areas of focus include SaaS, big data, cyber security and internet.

Ronen is currently a board member in Samanage, ironSource, Perfecto Mobile, enSilo, Redis Labs, and CodeFresh. He also served as a board member at Shunra (acquired by HP), Amadesa (acquired by Live Person), Kampyle (acquired by Medallia) and Cloudyn (acquired by Microsoft)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Before joining Carmel, Ronen was VP of Product Management at Verint Systems, and director of project management at ECtel (NASDAQ:ECTX), where he led the delivery of large scale, multi-million dollar projects in North and Latin America.

Ronen served for 13 years in an elite Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Unit where he still holds a rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Res.).

He holds a B.A. (Com Laude) in Economics and Middle-East history from Tel Aviv University, and an M.Sc in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT RONEN

He has nick-named his investment areas of focus as “ABCD”: (A) AI, (B) Big Data (C) Cloud and Cyber, (D) Dev/Ops, (mostly in companies that adopt a SaaS business model).

He has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old. “A year ago, I started learning to play the bass and play in an amateur band on a weekly basis.”

He’s been playing badminton for the past ten years: “Yes, the one with the feathers” 🙂

He lives in Modi’in (“I love it, terrible commute though”) but was born and raised in Herzeliya: “I also lived in Washington DC for 2 years and served at the Israeli Embassy there.”

His favorite historical character is Henry Kissinger: “I’ve read everything he has ever written. A survivor of the Nazi regime, he was a self-made immigrant who made it to the top. He was a thought leader and a practitioner, with an impressive knowledge of history and what we can learn from it. I think he was a unique combination between a modern Plato and a modern Machiavelli.”

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

PUBLIC

MEDALLIA INC.

FUNDED BY

RONEN NIR | VIOLA VENTURES

PUBLIC

MICROSOFT
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[VIDEO] Ronen Nir on “Operating Leverage – Gaining Capital Efficiency Without Sacrificing Growth”

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October 12, 2015 | Ronen Nir

Why startups shouldn’t confuse “Price” with “Pricing” (and how to tell them apart)

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Why CAC Ratio stirs up so many emotions

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