We came together as a team because we have a shared love for common sense and problem solving and believe the only way to get things done is to do them. Our geeky family has rich history in robotics, software and hardware development, machine learning, computer vision, product design, government relations, corporate innovation, civil engineering, architecture and obviously window cleaning.
Yaron started his first company at the age of 22, later selling it to start academic studies. Since 2012 he has been researching and later consulting in the field of exponential technologies, working with numerous organizations including: the Israeli Innovation Authority, XPRIZE and NEXUS Global. He was the Regional Director of Kairos Society Israel and is a Digital Leader at the World Economic Forum. Yaron graduated Singularity U’s GSP’14 and holds a B.A. in Behavioral Psychology and Political Science.
Avi is a robotics domain expert, specializing in systems control, robotics, microrobotics, microfluidics, 3D printing and data science. After graduating magna cum laude MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University (TAU), he went on to head TAU’s robotics lab as a technical expert and researcher. During this time Avi led research in various innovative fields such as medical micro-devices for IVF automation and a 3D printing system of living human cells. Later he spearheaded the robotics lab at the Center for Agricultural Technologies of the Israeli Government, developing key agriculture robotics solutions rooted in statistical analysis and machine learning. Avi has pending patents and published papers in the fields of microfluidics and surgical microrobotics.
Dr. Leslie Broudo Mitts is an anthropologist, entrepreneurship professor and venture capital investor.
Leslie currently serves on the faculty of Tel Aviv University, where she also runs the Coller Institute of Venture and the Sofaer Global MBA Program. Leslie previously built and led the largest entrepreneurship practicum at the Wharton School for high-growth ventures. Prior to moving to Tel Aviv, she was CEO of a University – associated venture fund that invested in education technology ventures globally.
Leslie received her MBA from the Wharton School with a concentration in Decision Sciences, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nir Ben Zeev is the CEO of Ben Zeev Management Ltd. The company was founded in 1991 by Udi Ben Zeev, formerly one of the founders of the CRR (climbing, rappelling and rescue) unit in the IDF and a Maintenance Manager in one of the largest hotel chains in Israel. The company was established in order to provide high maintenance services for hotels and towers. The company provides high-reach cleaning and maintenance services on a monthly basis to most hotels, residential towers and offices throughout Israel. The company has 20 employees and is considered a leader in its field in the country.
During his military service and after serving as commander of a combat team in one of the elite units in the IDF, Nir was appointed Head of the first Rope Division in the unit and thus wrote and founded the subject.
Upon his release from the military in 2008, Nir joined the ranks of the company – first as a full-time employee and later as a regional manager. In doing so, he accumulated the relevant experience and specialized in the field of high-reach maintenance services. Since 2015, Nir has been managing Ben Zeev Management Ltd..
Sarah Persitz is an organizational strategist and Founder of Omanut Consulting. Sarah partners with individuals and teams to amplify their goals, igniting the creative process to identify aspirations and bring them to fruition. Blending presence and curiosity, she assesses complex systems, identifying challenges and opportunities, formulating solutions and coaching clients through execution. After a decade of working as an intrepreneur within national and multi-national advocacy organizations, Sarah brings a deep knowledge of building authentic communities, fundraising, program design and strategic communications. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Comparative History of Ideas and Certificate in Non-Profit Management and currently splits her time between San Francisco, New York and Tel Aviv.
Iko (Mordechai) Assa received his B.A in Civil Engineering from the Technion, and his Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University’s Recanati School of Business Administration. From 1982 to 1986 he served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as Lt. Colonel in a loading unit in the Air Force, working both in Israel and abroad. He started off as a Project Manager and Execution Engineer at B.S.T. Development & Construction Co. Ltd., in the construction of 450 residential units (Reut, Neve Afek) for the IDF Residential Administration. He later managed different projects in various fields for A. Epstein Project Management; from the entrepreneurial stage, the establishment of planning teams and the preparation of a project program, full accompaniment to management and supervision in the stages of planning and issuing tenders, conducting negotiations with contractors, and managing the execution of the entire project. He was also entrusted with the full management (economic and engineering) of the construction of a residential neighborhood at the Weizmann Institute.
From 2006 to 2012 he served as CEO of Ampa Malibu (in the Galilee) and as Chief Engineer of the Ampa Group. At Ampa, he took on the full management of the company’s operations as part of the execution of extensions (new neighborhoods, including infrastructure and development), worked hand in hand with authorities, government agencies and banks, and accompanied the development of tourism projects within the framework of Ampa’s activity.
From 2012 and on, he has been serving as CEO/Founder of Gash Assa Ltd., Chief Engineer at Ampa Group, and has been an active partner at the companies Siteware and Skylinerobotics, as well as the Israeli Consortium for Energy Efficiency and Green Building. As part of these functions, he managed the construction of a private school at Ruppin College, 7 WeWork complexes in Israel (Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Beer Sheva), accompanied the construction of an aquifer treatment plant in the city of Rawabi, and supervised the construction of an urban gas transmission system in the PEX pipeline in Rawabi (Golan + Pellegaz).
Gabor Kosa received his B.Sc., M.Sc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Technion in Haifa. From 1995 to 1998, he served in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) as a research engineer. He was post-doc in the Computer Vision Laboratory in ETH Zurich, Switzerland working on novel sensing for haptics and swimming micro robots while leading the biomedical micro systems group. Later he was a senior lecturer at the School of Mechanical Engineering in Tel Aviv University and served as head of the laboratory of Robots and BioMedical Micro Systems (RBM2S) and the Education Robotics Laboratory (ERL).Currently he is at the University Hospital of Basel, working with the group of Intelligent Medical Micro/Nano Systems. His research projects are in the fields of Medical Robotics, Micro Systems and Micro Robots for biomedical applications, Sensing and Bio Inspired Systems. His expertise focuses on robotics, micro systems, sensing and actuation, micro fluidics, piezoelectricity, dynamics, control and rapid-prototyping.
My name is Christian Bruchhaus and I am studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany. I came across the program “The New Kibbutz” by chance through the German Israeli Chamber in Tel Aviv, and applied for a four-month internship at Skyline Robotics. “The New Kibbutz” is a program that interprets the “kibbutz” spirit in a modern, high-tech cosmopolitan as Tel Aviv, providing German students the opportunity for a unique kind of internship.
I knocked on the door of the Skyline Robotics HQ, also simply called “lab” on my first day in early April 2018. I hadn’t realized I was about to experience one of the most exciting and instructive times in my life for the next four months, and thereby find new professional perspectives.On the first day I got to know the team and felt right at home. Avi and Yaron, as well as the rest of the team, are very open-minded people who are very good at what they do, yet create a relaxed atmosphere that somehow captivates you. One also notices that the two company founders Yaron and Avi, although very different, understand each other well and work hand in hand in the best way.
My tasks were mainly in the R&D department. I was given a completely independent project, which I would not call a marginal project and which was actually very challenging. With the more classical mechanical engineering background I had, I first had to learn programming in C, the extended use of CAD moddeling software and the daily use of an ubuntu system. What I really appreciated was that I got enough time to delve into those topics.In order to implement the project, I had to design components, 3D print them, and create full scale documentation on my own. The 3D printer available for this is state of the art and I was able to try and learn so much.
I was encouraged to order all the electrical and mechanical components I needed independently online, and had to build a working prototype with them. Smaller side tasks have never made it boring though.It was super challenging being someone with limited knowledge of Hebrew having to buy components in the surrounding shops, where sometimes nobody speaks English. With a few Hebrew rags and hands and feet everything always worked out surprisingly well.Quality is a top priority at Skyline Robotics and especially for CTO Avi. So I did a lot of quality control and although it doesn’t sound that cool, it actually helped me a lot in my work. I liked the mixture of “just doing something” and “detail is everything”.The working environment too was great. I can honestly say that CEO Yaron takes great care of all employees. We were sponsored one meal a day and the fridge in the lab was never empty. Coffee was always there! In addition, one always has the feeling of being able to contribute something to the design of the lab.A highlight were the three experiments, which we carried out with the complete robot system on several skyscrapers in Tel Aviv, where my manpower was really needed and it was simply awesome to see “Ozmo” descend on the building wall and to see significant improvements to every experiment.All in all: 10/10 would do again!
I wish all the luck to the team and it wasn’t my last visit to Tel Aviv.
My name is Henrik Erb and I am a medical engineering student from the FAU Erlangen in Germany. I signed up for the program “The New Kibbutz” and applied for an internship position at Skyline Robotics. The whole process of applying was pretty straightforward. So I came to Tel Aviv in November of 2017 to accomplish my three-months internship at Skyline Robotics.
During my first days at Skyline Robotics Avi, Yaron (CTO and CEO) and myself sat down to speak about what my skills are and what I want to achieve during my internship. So, from the beginning I was able to work on tasks I was interested in. I started with PLC programming to set up the communication with the robot and later implemented a graphical user interface (GUI) to control the robot via the PLC. Between these two main tasks, I did small interesting jobs here and there like creating an Arduino case in CAD and 3D printing it, building a server-based wiki and setting up a graphical desktop sharing system for our robot.
What I liked most about my internship at Skyline Robotics was that my tasks were not just really interesting, but also had a big impact on the progress of the company. I was able to gain a lot of experience on the work environment of a start-up in one of the world’s best start-up hubs: Tel Aviv.
In conclusion, I can just recommend doing an internship at Skyline Robotics in Tel Aviv. The city is amazing and Avi,Yaron and the rest of the team are great people I had a lot of fun working with.
I am Jannis, studying Engineering Science at TU Munich and came to Tel Aviv for the last 4 months to do an internship in the rising Israeli tech sector.
Starting at Skyline Robotics as an intern I was involved in real projects from the task pool straight away instead of getting exposed to occupational therapy exercises. Therefore one felt quickly needed within the small team which was motivating and also resulted in a steep learning curve. It was emphasized that the best workflow is achieved through interest in the task so picking tasks usually followed one’s own personal preference.
Consequently even though my background is more from the mechanical engineering side I was able to gain exposure into programming and also new fields like computer vision and simulation. While getting into new fields and working on the prototype, independent working and organizing ability was definitely required. Together this improved my self teaching skills. Although everybody had their own projects, brainstorming together and figuring out solutions in the team took place frequently.
Besides that I really enjoyed the casual atmosphere within the young team and the flexibility given.
I wish the team the very best for the future and hope to see you guys again soon!