Person Overview

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Venture Capitalist at Star Ventures
Past:
CEO at Neocrafts, CTO and VP of R&D at Aladdin Knowledge Systems

Detailed Description

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With a career founded in product development and R&D and augmented by six as a VC, Rami Kasterstein has a broad perspective on building complex technology that includes a deep understanding for the kind of business structures necessary to make that technology scale and grow.

Rami began his career at Aladdin Knowledge Systems, a software security company (NASDAQ:ALDN and later acquired by Vector Capital), and later founding AladdinSoft, a start-up subsidiary of Aladdin, developing home banking and CRM solutions for some of Israel’s largest organizations. It was at AladdinSoft Rami met one of his Do@ co-founders, Ami Ben David. After three years AladdinSoft was acquired, and Rami became Aladdin Knowledge Systems’ CTO and VP of R&D, managing all products, strategic product marketing, R&D, support and technological business development for a geographically dispersed team spanning the US, Germany, the UK and Japan.

After Aladdin, Rami shifted to the other side of the table to become a venture capitalist. He joined Star Ventures where he led investments and sat on the board of several start-ups in both Israel and the US. Among his successful exits are: Identify (acquired by BMC); Topio (acquired by Network Appliance); Broadbus (acquired by Motorola); Acopia (acquired by F5); and GrooveMobile (acquired by LimeWire).

The siren song of start-up life called Rami back to the entrepreneur world in 2006, when he took the role of CEO with Neocraft, a company that integrated musical instruments with computers and the web. This venture-backed start-up’s first product, a computer-based guitar, represented the first substantive guitar innovation since the 1950s.

In 2009 Rami began consulting on business strategy and product development for both public and start-up companies, and was on the founding team of few start-ups. It was while advising other companies that he and Ami Ben-David, conceived of the idea for Do@ and in 2010 they founded the company, brought in a third co-founder, Joey Simhon, and began development. At Do@ Rami heads the business operations, leading strategic development and investor outreach.

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