The Axonius Story.
Co-Founder and CEO
Dean is a world renowned expert in cybersecurity and has been honored with being in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Israel 2017 list. Before founding Axonius, Dean co-founded Cymmetria, A YC-backed cyber deception company with Fortune 500 customers. He has spoken at major conferences including Blackhat, Defcon, CCC and more. He is an alumnus of an elite unit in the Israeli Intelligence Corps, where he served for 5 years as a team leader and officer. During his service, Dean received commendations and awards for his service. Dean is a graduate of the special "Etgar" program, where he earned his B.Sc in computer science at the age of 19. In 2005, Dean was part of the gold medal winning team in the international Robotic Olympics in South Korea. Dean enjoys playing poker and reading existential philosophy
Co-Founder and CTO
Avidor is a world renowned cybersecurity expert. Starting at the age of 13, Avidor has been a staple in the Israel cybersecurity underground hacking scene, and by the time he was 17, was employed as a leading penetration tester, where he personally led the evaluation of the largest organizations in Israel. Following this, he was drafted into an elite cyber intelligence course and was positioned as a security researcher in the elite 8200 unit. During his service, Avidor was promoted to a team leader as an officer and won many accolades for his classified work, among them the Excellence Award of the head of unit 8200. Avidor is a graduate of a special academic program where he is expected to receive his CS B.Sc. Avidor enjoys long distance running and sky diving.
Co-Founder and CPO
Ofri is a graduate of the elite Talpiot military academy and has over 13 years of hands-on experience in the cybersecurity field. After graduating from Talpiot, Ofri served for 8 years as an officer in the IDF’s intelligence corps. In his last position, he was the leader of an R&D section with more than 40 engineers and researchers. During his service, Ofri received several awards, including the Chief of Staff award of excellence, the highest recognition possible for officers in his rank. Ofri finished his service with the rank of Major, and Prior to founding Axonius, he was the CTO of Kayhut, a cybersecurity company with more than 100 employees. Ofri holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ofri enjoys Skiing with friends and reading history books.
Chief Marketing Officer
Nathan Burke is the Chief Marketing Officer at Axonius. Passionate about bringing new technologies to market to solve real problems, he has held marketing leadership roles at Hexadite (acquired by Microsoft), Intralinks (acquired by Synchronoss), MineralTree, CloudLock (acquired by Cisco), and is a frequent speaker and contributing author on topics related to the intersection of collaboration and security. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, daughter, and dogs, and enjoys watching the unfairly dominant New England Patriots.
Vertex Ventures Israel invests in companies with proven leadership ability to deliver success. We seek technology-centric, capital efficient businesses that offer a growing market opportunity, a defensible business model, and a viable exit strategy.
YL Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based, seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in Israeli innovations with a strong focus on cybersecurity, enterprise software, autonomous vehicles, drone technologies and VR/AR. YL Ventures led the Axonius seed round and Yoav Leitersdorf, Managing Partner, is a board member of Axonius.