Yoav Andrew Leitersdorf founded YL Ventures, which invests early in core-technology software companies in and around the Internet, and accelerates their evolution via value-added involvement and Silicon Valley-based business development.
Yoav has been a successful entrepreneur, investor, and consultant in the technology and new media fields for the past two decades. He is the founder and managing partner of YL Ventures, a global venture capital firm that invests in high-technology start-up companies and, within a short time, brings them to market.
In addition to 6Scan, Yoav serves on the board of directors of ClickTale (customer experience analytics), Upstream Commerce (automated competitive pricing analytics) and BlazeMeter (self-service load testing cloud) and is the lead investor of Seculert (security threat intelligence). Yoav served on the board of AcceloWeb (browser experience optimization) until it was acquired by Limelight Networks.
Yoav was the CEO and cofounder of Movota (mobile gaming) acquired by Bertelsmann, the CTO and cofounder of ExchangePath (online payments) acquired by CMGI, and the CEO and cofounder of PcEnterntainer Magazine. Yoav was also an associate at DFJ Gotham Ventures, studied at IMD, and holds an MBA from Columbia University.
Board & Advisor Roles (6)Update
|May, 2017||Karamba Security||$12M / Series B||YL Ventures|
|Sep, 2016||Karamba Security||$2.5M / Series A||YL Ventures|
|Apr, 2016||Karamba Security||$2.5M / Seed (Lead)||YL Ventures|
|May, 2014||BlazeMeter||$6.5M / Series A (Lead)||YL Ventures|
|Feb, 2013||Upstream Commerce||$3M / Venture (Lead)||YL Ventures|
|Jul, 2012||Seculert||$5.35M / Series A||YL Ventures|
|Dec, 2011||BlazeMeter||$1.2M / Series A||YL Ventures|
|Mar, 2011||Upstream Commerce||$1.25M / Series A (Lead)||YL Ventures|
|Dec, 2007||Clicktale||$3M / Series A||YL Ventures|
|Sep 22, 2016||Haaretz - CA Technologies to Acquire Israeli Startup BlazeMeter for $90 Million|
|Jul 1, 2014||FinSMEs - Hexadite Raises $2.5M in Seed Funding|
|Feb 22, 2014||Venture Beat - How raising too much capital can cost you a lucrative exit|
|Feb 18, 2014||FinSMEs - FireLayers Receives Funding from YL Ventures|
|Jul 30, 2013||TechCrunch - VC Firm YL Ventures Raises $27.5M For Second Fund|
|Apr 30, 2013||TechCrunch - ClickTale Raises $17M For Its In-Page Analytics|
|Aug 3, 2011||TechCrunch - 6Scan Raises Funding, Offers 'Automatic' Website Protection|
|May 9, 2011||TechCrunch - Limelight Buys Web And Application Acceleration Technology Startup AcceloWeb|