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Itzik Parnafes • General Partner

Itzik Parnafes
Israel • Joined Battery in 2009

Itzik focuses on investments in information technology, including fin-tech and consumer services. He is currently on the boards of Cheq, Insert, Kodiak Robotics, Minute Media, Omio, Quantum Machines, Sisense, Soldo and Zeitgold. He is a board observer for Scodix, N26 and Zerto and led Battery’s investments in Delphix and Gong.io.

Itzik was previously on the board of Elastifile (acquired by Google); LightCyber and Cyvera (both acquired by Palo Alto Networks); Panaya (acquired by Infosys); and XtremIO (acquired by EMC).

He also spent time working alongside the Battery investment team as an entrepreneur-in-residence in the firm’s Israel office. Before Battery, Itzik was a partner with Stata Ventures, where he led investments in Provigent (acq: Broadcom), Comability (acq: Ruckus Wireless), Sentrigo (acq: Symantec) and ZikBit.

Before venture investing, Itzik spent the majority of his career as an entrepreneur. He co-founded Kagoor Networks, a leader in voice-over-IP technologies, and led it to a successful acquisition by Juniper Networks, its first acquisition of an Israeli company. Previously, Itzik led the R&D of Class Data Systems until it was acquired by Cisco Systems, the first of many acquisitions in Israel. Before joining the private sector, Itzik led a landmark infrastructure project in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that won the prestigious Israel Defense Award.

In 2017 and 2018, Itzik was on the Forbes Midas List Europe. Itzik holds a BSc summa cum laude in computer science and math from the Technion – Institute of Technology.

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