Erel is the founder of JVP. From its founding until January 2011, Erel served as the Managing Partner of JVP and helped build numerous technology companies that are today global enterprises with traction in Israel, the United States, Europe and Asia.
In addition to helping to orchestrate the $4.8 billion sale of Chromatis to Lucent Technologies in 2000, Erel successfully led exists such as Netro (initial public offering, JVP subsequently sold its shares at a $5.5 billion company valuation), Qlik Technologies (initial public offering in 2010, JVP subsequently sold its shares at an average $2.4 billion valuation), Precise (initial public offering and subsequently acquired by Veritas), Scorpio (acquired by US Robotics), Fundtech, ViryaNet, Jacada, Cogent and Allot among others.
Since January 2011, Erel has served as Chairman of JVP.
In February of 2013 Erel began his tenure as an elected Member of the Israel's 19th Knesset (the Israeli parliament) as part Israel's Labor Party.
Prior to founding JVP, Erel was the Director of Business Development for the City of Jerusalem under its former Mayor, Teddy Kollek. There he was instrumental in facilitating the arrival of more than 70 technology firms to the city, including Digital, IBM and many others that gave rise to the burgeoning technology community that drives the Israeli economy today.
Erel holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University.