StageOne Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm that focuses on Israel-related technology startups. The firm invests in the B2B software and information technology sectors. The firm is based in Israel.
Ariel has been leading technology innovation and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. Ariel is the founder and CEO of Stratoscale, a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions. He is an active angel investor in startups, and supports technology education as a philanthropist. Ariel started his career with the IDF, where he was responsible for managing a section of the Technology R&D Department and retired after a 10 year term. In 2001 Ariel founded Passave, now the world leader in FTTH technology, and acquired in 2006 by PMC-Sierra (MCHP), where Ariel later served as VP of Strategy. In 2006 Ariel founded Pudding Media, an early pioneer in speech recognition technology, and Anobit, the leading provider of flash storage technology acquired by Apple (AAPL) in 2012. At Apple, Ariel served as a Senior Director in charge of Flash Storage, until he left the company to found Stratoscale. Ariel is a graduate of the prestigious IDF training program Talpiot, and holds a BSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science (Cum Laude) and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He holds numerous patents in networking, signal processing, storage and flash memory technologies.