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Data Infrastructure Built for the Cloud & AI Era

Our Story

We believe modern data-driven organizations shouldn’t have to choose between speed, simplicity, scale, or sustainability when storing, managing, processing, and analyzing their data. In the cloud and AI era, these should be foundational elements in every data environment – not points of compromise. That’s why we’re building a software-defined, hybrid cloud-based approach to data management that supports artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance computing, and other next-generation workloads flawlessly.

WEKA Story

In 2013, as this next generation of performance-intensive workloads was becoming more pervasive in the enterprise, our founders set out with a blank sheet of paper, a novel programming language, and a vision to create a fundamentally different approach to managing data that would eradicate the compromises of the past and could power the future.

data driven organizations

The WEKA® Data Platform was purpose-built to seamlessly and sustainably deliver speed, simplicity, and scale that meets the needs of modern enterprises and research organizations without compromise. Its advanced, software-defined architecture supports next-generation workloads in virtually any location with cloud simplicity and on-premises performance.

WEKA Data Platform

Mind-bending speed. Seductive simplicity. Infinite scalability. Effortless sustainability. The WEKA Data Platform transforms stagnant data storage silos into dynamic data pipelines that can fuel AI, ML, and HPC workloads and seamlessly spans edge, core, cloud, hybrid, and multicloud data environments. WEKA is powering a new era of sustainable data innovation in the world’s leading research organizations and enterprises, helping them to innovate at the speed of science, create without limits, and turn ideas into outcomes.

WEKA Leadership Team Board of Directors

Liran Zvibel
Liran Zvibel Co-Founder & CEO

Liran co-founded WEKA in 2013. Today, he guides the company’s long-term vision and strategy as its Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as WEKA’s Chief Technology Officer.

Before establishing WEKA, Liran co-founded and led research and development at social startup Fusic, where he was responsible for the engineering, design, and development of its rich social media application portfolio. Prior to Fusic, Liran was the principal software architect and a founding member of the technical team at XIV Storage Systems before its acquisition by IBM in 2007; he then managed XIV’s hardware and platform teams at IBM for several years.

Before joining XIV, Liran served as a Software Engineer with the rank of Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces for five years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

Amit Pandey
Amit Pandey Executive Chairman

Amit is WEKA’s Executive Chairman, overseeing its administrative and operational functions.

A seasoned veteran of the enterprise technology industry, Amit has over 30 years of executive leadership experience at innovative, high-growth technology companies, including Avi Networks (acquired by VMware), Zenprise (acquired by Citrix), Terracotta (acquired by Software AG), and NetApp.

He earned a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.

Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin President

Jonathan is WEKA’s President, responsible for the company’s global go-to-market (GTM) functions and operations, which include sales, marketing, strategic partnerships, and customer success.

He brings over 25 years of executive leadership experience at industry-leading enterprise software and hardware companies to WEKA. He previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Hitachi Vantara, Pure Storage (through IPO), and EMC (acquired by Dell Technologies), and has held various senior leadership positions in product management, marketing, and GTM at HP, Salesforce, and VERITAS Software.

Intekhab Nazeer
Intekhab Nazeer Chief Financial Officer

Intekhab is WEKA’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), responsible for the company’s finance, legal, information technology, and human resources functions.

He is an accomplished technology industry executive with over 20 years of corporate finance, accounting, and operations leadership experience. Before joining WEKA, Intekhab served as CFO at Unifi Software (acquired by DELL Boomi), a self-service data discovery and preparation platform provider. Prior to Unifi, he served as the CFO and Chief Operations Officer of Tribal Planet, a SaaS platform for social impact. He has also held senior management roles with HCL Group, Solix Group, Platfora (acquired by Workday), Greenplum (acquired by EMC), Appcelerator (acquired by Axway), and Pelikan Technologies.

Intekhab is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and a Chartered Accountant from India. He currently serves on the boards of the Magical Bridge Foundation and Solix Technologies and is a former board member at Tackle.io. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Administration, Accounts and Law, and Business Economics from St. John’s College.

Iris Hermelin
Iris Hermelin Chief People & Culture Officer

Iris is WEKA’s Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO), responsible for the company’s global human resources organization, recruiting and talent development, and culture and employee experience.

A veteran human resources and recruiting professional, Iris brings over two decades of experience to WEKA, working with public and privately held growth-stage companies. Prior to WEKA, she served as the Chief People Officer at AnyRoad, a leading experiential marketing platform provider. Before that, Iris held a number of HR and recruiting leadership roles, most notably at Lyft, where she served as the Head of Talent Acquisition and People Ops for the company’s autonomous vehicle division, building it from a team of seven people to more than 400 before leading its acquisition by Toyota. She also founded and ran a successful boutique technology recruiting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly a decade.

Iris earned dual bachelor’s degrees in human resources and organizational behavior and anthropology from the University of Haifa in Israel.

Sean Hiss
Sean Hiss Chief of Staff

Sean Hiss is Chief of Staff to the CEO at WEKA and also serves as the company’s Vice President of Global GTM Operations, with responsibility for sales, marketing and customer success operations.

Sean has over 25 years of marketing, sales, and business operations experience working with some of the world’s largest, most trusted brands. Before joining WEKA, he served as Vice President of Marketing Strategy, Planning, and Operations and Chief of Staff to the CMO at Hitachi Vantara. He has also held various leadership positions at DataStax, Equinix, Cisco, Enfocus Software, and Adobe.

He earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jeffrey Giannetti
Jeffrey Giannetti Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff is WEKA’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), responsible for developing and driving the company’s global sales organization.

He brings over 30 years of sales leadership experience at high-growth companies to WEKA. He previously served as CRO at Deep Instinct and Cleversafe and has held executive leadership positions at NetApp, Forcepoint, Sun Microsystems, and Lotus Development.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University.

Maor Ben-Dayan
Maor Ben-Dayan Co-Founder & Chief Architect

Maor co-founded WEKA in 2013. Today, he serves as the company’s Chief Architect, responsible for the design and development of the WEKA Data Platform.

He brings over two decades of experience and an extensive technical skillset to WEKA. He previously served as the XIV Storage platform project and team lead at IBM. Prior to IBM, he developed state-of-the-art collision avoidance technologies at Mobileye. Early in his career, he headed up an elite team of developers working on an award-winning project while serving in Israel’s Defense Forces.

Maor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration degree in Business from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Omri Palmon, Ph.D.
Dr. Omri Palmon, Ph.D. Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Omri co-founded WEKA in 2013. Today, he serves as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for helping to shape its long-term strategy. He previously served as WEKA’s Chief Operating Officer.

An enterprise technology industry veteran, Omri brings over 30 years of experience to WEKA, spanning software research and development, product management, marketing, and operations. Before establishing WEKA, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Product at XIV Storage before IBM acquired the company in 2007. He then served as part of the XIV leadership team at IBM, helping the business unit to reach half a billion dollars in sales. He has also held various technical and product-centric telecommunications and embedded software development positions.

Omri earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.

Lior Mozel
Lior Mozel Chief Engineering Officer

Lior is WEKA’s Chief Engineering Officer responsible for the company’s global research and development (R&D) organization, engineering teams, and the development of the WEKA® Data Platform.

He has over 20 years of experience building R&D organizations at global software companies. Before joining WEKA, Lior served as Chief Engineering Officer of Cybereason, a cybersecurity software company, where he scaled the company’s engineering team to support significant, sustained growth. He has also held R&D leadership positions at Playbuzz and Imperva.

Nilesh Patel
Nilesh Patel Chief Product Officer

Nilesh is WEKA’s Chief Product Officer (CPO), responsible for developing the company’s mid-to-long-term product and solutions roadmap and driving associated technology alliances and services delivery.

A veteran of the information technology industry, Nilesh brings more than 30 years of experience to WEKA, having served in several product management and marketing leadership roles at Intel, NetApp, and Palo Alto Networks, among others. Prior to WEKA, he was Executive Vice President of the Secure Solutions business unit at Digital14, where he managed a broad portfolio of communication and data management solutions built on an encrypted, zero-trust security platform.

Nilesh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Shivaji University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Shimon Ben-David
Shimon Ben-David Chief Technology Officer

Shimon is WEKA’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), responsible for engaging with the company’s customers and partners to track emerging trends and bring actionable feedback and insights to its Engineering and Product Management teams. He previously held leadership positions in the company’s customer success and sales engineering functions.

Shimon brings deep enterprise IT domain expertise to WEKA, having previously run IT and support services at Primary Data, XtremIO (acquired by EMC), IBM, and XIV Storage, where he met WEKA’s founding team. He studied Computer Science and Philosophy at Ramat Gan University.

Efraim Grynberg
Efraim GrynbergVP, Customer Success

Efraim Grynberg is WEKA’s Vice President of Customer Success, overseeing the company’s global customer support and services organizations and driving WEKA’s customer-first culture. He previously led the company’s global sales engineering team.

Efraim has over 20 years of experience in information technology, focusing on innovative data storage technologies at startups and large enterprises. His multifaceted expertise includes engineering, global services, sales, and business development, often serving as the bridge between those areas. His global experience spans North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Efraim studied Physics at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Amit Pandey Executive Chairman
Liran Zvibel Co-Founder & CEO
Maor Ben-Dayan Co-Founder & Chief Architect
Omri Palmon Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Dror Nahumi General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners
Dan Warmenhoven Board Member
Dave Easton Growth Equity Partner at Generation Investment Management
Antonio Gracias CEO & Chief Investment Officer at Valor Equity Partners

Our Investors

“WEKA pioneered the concept of a software, platform-based approach that is revolutionizing modern enterprise data, then forged and hardened its technology in some of the largest, most demanding AI projects on the planet. Valor has a long history in the development of artificial intelligence, beginning with our investment in DeepMind in 2013, and we believe WEKA is positioned to be an integral part of the acceleration of the technology going forward. Valor is proud to partner with WEKA to support the company through its next phase of growth and beyond.”

Antonio Gracias
CEO and Chief Investment Officer at Valor Equity Partners

“We believe WEKA is a leader in the growing green data movement, helping some of the world’s best companies drastically improve their performance while providing the potential to avoid millions of tons of carbon. The WEKA Data Platform enables 10-100x performance gains for AI/ML workloads so customers can get the most out of their data, whether operating on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid and multicloud configurations.”

Dave Easton
Growth Equity Partner at Generation Investment Management

“WEKA unequivocally increases the utilization rate of GPUs for both training and inference. The AI companies with the highest GPU utilization rates should be able to choose between faster time to market, lower cost or higher quality than competitors with lower GPU utilization rates.”

Gavin Baker
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Atreides Management

“Since investing in WEKA in early 2022, the company has experienced explosive growth driven by its superior technology and strong management team. WEKA’s differentiated, software-defined architecture is uniquely suited for the most advanced high-performance computing applications, including enabling the massive trend of generative AI. We are proud to partner with such a talented and capable management team.”

Danny Akerman
General Partner, Key1 Capital

“WEKA helps HPE customers build agile and scalable solutions across a variety of use cases, including AI, high-performance computing, and life sciences. We’re thrilled to participate in WEKA’s Series D funding as the company looks to grow its operations and team and continue to deliver innovative solutions to customers.”

Paul Glaser
Vice President and Head of Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, HPE’s venture arm

“I’ve been following WEKA’s transformation from a deep tech company in its seed round to the emerging category leader it is today. The company’s rapid expansion, growing sophisticated customer base, and the strength of the recent additions to its executive leadership team all drove 10D’s decision to participate in WEKA’s Series D round.”

Rotem Eldar
Managing Partner at 10D; former Partner at Gemini Israel Ventures

“We believe WEKA is uniquely positioned to support a significant transformation in the market for data-intensive applications using machine learning and AI. The WEKA platform delivers unparalleled computing performance while reducing energy consumption and facilitating innovation in several critical categories, including autonomous driving, essential healthcare applications, and more. Lumir is proud to support Liran, Amit, Omri, Maor, and the rest of the WEKA team on its journey. It’s rare to see a team lead a paradigm shift with such humility.”

Alex Dikman
Managing Partner at Lumir Ventures

Careers at WEKA

WEKA is growing fast! We’re looking for smart, dedicated, driven individuals that want to help the world’s most innovative organizations solve complex data management challenges.

“Everyone at WEKA works so hard, and we come together to do some really amazing things. It’s a rush to be surrounded by so much talent and brains here.”

– Sharon Summers,

“One of the things I love about working at WEKA is that my diverse perspective is really valued and celebrated.”

– Napua Leong,

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