Partnering with global winners

Through our global experience, and our relentless commitment and focus, we seek to help the next generation of global winners

Who we are

Key1 Capital is a global investment firm focused on growth technology companies.

In forming Key1 Capital, the founders assembled a world class team of investment and operating professionals to work closely with promising global winners. The team has led the largest and most complex transactions in Israel and backed many of the preeminent technology companies which came out of the country.

Key1 Capital helps companies scale revenue faster, acquire first class managerial talent, pursue inorganic growth, execute larger and more complex financings, and prepare for and see through the ultimate exit.

Team

Amit Pilowsky

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Amit Pilowsky

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Amit is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Key1 Capital.

Prior to founding Key1 in January 2022, Amit held various leadership roles at Goldman Sachs in both Tel Aviv and London offices, from February 2005 to May 2021, including Head of Consumer and Retail team at the Cross Markets Group in EMEA and as head of Food, Beverage and Food Ingredients in EMEA. 

Amit also serves as a member of the board of directors of Nomad Foods (NYSE: NOMD), and Movendo Capital, a Netherlands-based registered investment company. He also serves as a board member of the Israeli Center on Addiction, a non-profit organisation.

Amit served in the Israeli Air Force from July 1993 to January 2004, retiring as a Major.

Amit holds an MBA degree from INSEAD, France.

Danny Akerman

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Danny Akerman

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Danny is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Key1 Capital.

Prior to founding Key1 Capital, Danny spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs in its Tel Aviv office, where he initially led the company’s origination and execution of TMT investment banking advisory work and subsequently headed its investment banking practice.

During his tenure, Danny covered hundreds of public and private companies, focusing on sell-side and capital raising advisory work.

Danny was also instrumental to Goldman’s success in investing in Israeli technology companies.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Danny worked for JPMorgan and Credit Suisse in NY in their Financial Institutions Groups, leading complex advisory projects for insurance companies, banks and specialty finance companies.

Danny also worked at AIG in NY and launched and managed AIG’s Commercial Lines Department in Israel.

Danny earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2003, and a BBA from Temple University’s School of Business in 1997.

Sarel Eldor

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Sarel Eldor

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Sarel is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Key1 Capital.

Prior to founding Key1 Capital, Sarel was the CEO of Goldman Sachs Israel and Head of the firm’s Growth Markets Financing Group in London. Sarel first joined Goldman Sachs in New York in 2001 in its Financing Group and relocated to Tel Aviv in 2007 to open its Israel office.

In his role in Israel, Sarel has spent the last 15 years leading and building the preeminent international finance franchise in Israel across investment banking, securities and asset management. Sarel was responsible for the most innovative and complex advisory, financing and investing in Israel across multiple industries and products.

As Head of the Growth Markets team in London, Sarel was responsible for building out and managing multiple regional teams across numerous countries focused on financing and risk management solutions for the leading sovereign, corporate and investment firms in CEEMEA.   

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Sarel was an IT engineer in Phillips Medical systems in Israel and the US.

Sarel earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2002, and a B.Sc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 1999.

Adi Harari

Chief Financial Officer

Adi Harari

Chief Financial Officer

Adi is the Chief Financial Officer of Key1 Capital.

Prior to joining Key1 in July 2022, Adi served as Managing Director in E&Y.

Adi has over 15 years of extensive experience in providing audit, tax, and consulting services mainly for private equity funds and real estate funds.

Adi has worked with the largest VC funds in Israel, such as: JVP, Viola Credit, TLV, Qumra, Vertex Israel, Red Dot, Glilot, Israel Secondary and dozens of VC firms.

Adi holds BA in Economics and Accounting from Bar-Ilan University and MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Nessim Boucai

Principal

Nessim Boucai

Principal

Nessim is a Principal at Key1 Capital.

Prior to joining Key1 in June 2022, Nessim was a senior VP at Citi Israel, where he spent over 10 years advising Israeli companies on a wide range of investment banking transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other equity and debt capital markets transactions. 

Prior to Citi, he worked as an analyst at Société Générale’s European equity syndicate desk, and served in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Nessim holds an MBA, from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel, and a Master of Finance from ESCP Business School, France.

Aner Levkovich

Investment Professional

Aner Levkovich

Investment Professional

Aner Levkovich is an Investment Professional at Key1 Capital.

Prior to joining Key1 in March 2022, Aner served as a Business Management Consultant at BCG, in Tel Aviv and as an Investment Banker at JP Morgan in New York.

Aner has extensive experience in both the consulting and investment banking fields.

Aner holds a Master of Financial Mathematics from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), US, and a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Kacy Fishman

Investment Professional

Kacy Fishman

Investment Professional

Kacy Fishman is an Investment Professional at Key1 Capital.

Prior to joining Key1 in October 2022, Kacy was a Strategy Consultant at Accenture in New York where she focused on performing large scale transformations for Consumer Goods and Services clients.

Kacy holds a B.S. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tomer Dvir

Investment Professional

Tomer Dvir

Investment Professional

Tomer Dvir is an Investment Professional at Key1 Capital.

Before joining Key1 in August 2022, Tomer worked in the tech and venture capital fields.

Tomer served as a Company Commander in the IDF Special Forces, retiring as a Captain.

Tomer is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Management at Reichman University, Israel.

Liat Doukhan

Office Manager

Liat Doukhan

Office Manager

Liat is the Office Manager of Key1 Capital.

With 20 years’ experience in office management, Liat brings extensive experience in office operations and administration, project management, events organization, human resources and logistics management. 

Liat holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University, 2010.

Raluca Ragab

Venture Partner

Raluca Ragab

Venture Partner

Raluca is a Venture Partner at Key1 Capital.

Prior to joining Key1, Raluca was a Managing Director with Vitruvian Partners in London, leading their Israel, Spain and Portugal growth-stage private investments. Raluca spent the prior 14 years of her career across both New York and London with Goldman Sachs Investment Partners as a public equities technology and telecommunications portfolio manager, as well as a growth-stage technology private investor.

Raluca has been an integral part of the journey to IPO of multiple companies, including Israeli champions such as Mobileye, WalkMe and Global-e where she led large late stage rounds and sat on their Boards. She focuses on infrastructure and application software and works with founders extensively on People and Sales strategy as they scale up.

Raluca earned an MBA from INSEAD in 2009 and a double degree in Economics and in International Studies from the University of Chicago in 2003.

Itzik Parnafes

Venture Partner

Itzik Parnafes

Venture Partner

Itzik is a Venture Partner at Key1 Capital.

Prior to joining Key1, Itzik was a General Partner at Battery Ventures. Itzik has over 20 years of extensive and broad experience leading technology investments and mentoring entrepreneurs. His particular areas of focus include infrastructure software, application software and consumer technology.

He is the current and former board member of 12 Israeli technology companies including Minute Media, Gong.io, Cheq, Zerto, Sisense, LightCyber and XtremIO.

Itzik is a Computer Science, Math, graduate from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Boaz Chalamish

Venture Partner

Boaz Chalamish

Venture Partner

Boaz is a Venture Partner at Key1 Capital.

Boaz has held senior leadership roles in Israeli and international technology companies for over 18 years. He has extensive experience in infrastructure and enterprise software, storage, and cybersecurity.

He is the Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Clarizen, was a former SVP and GM at VMware and HP, and a former SVP R&D at Mercury Interactive (acquired by HP).

Boaz holds an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Sanjiv Sobti

Venture Partner

Dr. Sanjiv Sobti

Venture Partner

Sanjiv is a Venture Partner at Key1 Capital.

Sanjiv serves on the Board of BankUnited, Inc. where he Chairs the Audit Committee. In addition, he serves on the Board of Advisors of Vesttoo.

Sanjiv served at several preeminent Wall Street firms including most recently as Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse. During a career spanning more than 35 years, he has served as a key advisor to management teams and boards on strategic business combinations and critical capital markets transactions. Prior to Credit Suisse, he was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns and has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan

Sanjiv holds a Ph.D. in Finance and an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.

Eran Liron

Venture Partner

Eran Liron

Venture Partner

Eran is the Chief Strategy Officer at NEXT Insurance.

Eran has held various executive roles in high tech for over 20 years and has led 45 M&A transactions. Eran was Executive VP of Marketing and Corporate Development at NICE. Eran also held strategy, marketing and product positions at Mercury, Tower Semi, and was a co-founder of digiGroups.

Eran holds a doctorate from Stanford Business School and BSc from the Technion.

Portfolio

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CHEQ is the leading solution in the world for Go-to-Market (GTM) organizations looking to secure their business from invalid traffic. Built by graduates of the Israeli Military Defense Intelligence, CHEQ is at the forefront of cybersecurity innovation, leading the growth of GTMSec, one of the fastest-growing categories in tech today.

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Chunk Foods is the first to enable large-scale manufacturing of healthy, realistic whole muscle cut meat alternatives. Chunk Foods’ first target is beef, but fish, seafood, and poultry are next. Chunk Foods’ fermentation technology combines novelty and tradition. It enables the creation of any kind of whole muscle cut texture, nutritional profile, and appearance, with a short and clear ingredient deck.

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Everybuddy Games is a fast-growing gaming studio, the creator of Lucky Buddies – the flagship casual mobile game.
Offer players from around the world, entertaining and innovative gaming experiences.

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Weka offers a modern subscription software-based data platform delivering 10x+ performance and scale demanded by today’s cloud and AI workloads. With simplicity of NAS, the performance of SAN or DAS and the scale of object storage, no more compromises between Simplicity, Speed or Scale.

Contact

89 Medinat Hayehudim Street | Bldg. E, 4th Floor | Herzliya Israel
Email: info@key1capital.com
Phone: +972-9-3730403