Rami Beracha (Born December 3, 1961) is an Israeli venture capitalist, known as for over 15 years as managing partner at Pitango Venture Capital. He is also one of the founders of SOSA, a company based in New York and Israel that creates business links between global cities and Israeli startup ventures, and currently serves as its chairman. Since 1996, he has primarily invested in data networking and Enterprise infrastructure software. During his youth, he served in the IDF and was seriously injured in the First Lebanese War. Today, he is socially active in supporting non-profit organizations that serve IDF casualties and veterans of combat units.
Beracha was born in Tel Aviv in 1961 where he grew up.
Bracha joined the IDF in 1980 and served in Battalion 890 of the Paratroopers Brigade. During the First Lebanese War, Beracha fought on the eastern front as part of a battalion of IDF cadets under the command of Effie Fine. In 1983, when his unit was stationed in the Ein Zahla area of the Shuf Mountains in Lebanon, he was involved in operation under the command of Meged 890, Bogey Ya'alon. At this time, another unit commanded by Second Lieutenant Kobi Goldenberg was caught in a minefield. Kobi, Captain Sharon Davidovich and Beracha - who volunteered - were sent as a rescue team. It was during this rescue operation that Beracha stepped on a mine and was severely wounded, loosing his right hand and left foot. After a long rehabilitation, Beracha returned to reserve military service in an elite unit.
In 1992 Beracha married Tami Melchin. Together they have four children: Nadav, now a combat soldier in the Paratroopers' Regiment, Eli and Michaela who are twins, and Roy. Today they reside in Moshav Bnei Zion, Israel.
Beracha began his academic studies studying Law at Tel Aviv University and in 1989 he received his LLB degree.
He continued his studies at Fordham University in New York, and in 1992 received his LLM degree.
After completing his studies, he continued his Masters in business administration at INSEAD University in France, which he completed in 1996.
Beracha worked as a lawyer at the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson on Wall Street in New York until he joined the Pitango Fund in 1996, initially as an employee and then in 2000 he was appointed managing partner until 2018. In 2014, he founded SOSA.
The Pitango Fund
2000 - 2018 Beracha served as managing partner at Pitango Venture Capital. His investments over the years have been in high-tech, focusing on investments in the early stages of companies whose vision is to produce a significant change in future fields. As part of his activity at the Pitango Fund, Beracha led investments and served as a member of the Board of Directors of several companies.
In addition, Beracha is one of the founders and chairman of the board of directors of SOSA, established in 2014 together with Joni Sacks and Barak Pridor, whose purpose is to connect business links between international companies looking for Israeli innovation and thousands of Israeli start-ups seeking partnerships Internationally. Sosa has a center in Tel Aviv and New York, and has recently been chosen by the New York Municipality to build and manage the global cyber center.
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of IDF Casualties Association.
• Member of the Board of Directors of Mifla Fund - a philanthropic foundation established in 2015 by Iris and Gal Shalgi, with the goal of leading social organizations to develop their own income.
• He is active on the board of the "Combat Initiatives" organization, which works to involve graduates of combat units in the world of entrepreneurship and high-tech.
• Member of "Aharei!" - established in 1997 and aims to foster young leadership and social involvement among youth and promote equal opportunities for youth.
• Mentor in the Batel Association - the Shitet 13 alumni association that works for bereaved families and unit members.
- ↑ Fridman-Sahar, Alona (February 4, 2015). "Venture capitalist who overcame an injury in Lebanon and climbed to the top". Lady Globes.
- ↑ Peretz, Sapir (April 19, 2010). "The advantage that the healthy Rami has is Rami the cripple blows hard on the back of his neck". Globes.
- ↑ Lorie, Anouk (May 27, 2014). "SOSA Pitango And Genesis Partners Launch Cool Startup Space In South Tel Aviv". Nocamels.
- ↑ Vidra, Eze (October 10, 2011). "Disrupt Winner Shaker Raises $15 Million Series A". Vc Cafe.
- ↑ Solomon, Shoshana (October 2, 2018). "2 Israeli Firms Chosen To Aid NYC In Quest To Be Cybersecurity 'Global Leader'". Timesofisrael.
- ↑ "IDF Casualties Association".
- ↑ "Mifla Fund".
- ↑ "Combat Initiatives Organization".
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