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, specialized in systems control, robotics, microrobotics, microfluidics, 3D printing and data science. After graduating manga cum laude MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, he went on to head their Robotics Lab as a technical expert and researcher. During this time Avi was leading research in various innovative fields such as medical micro-devices for IVF automation and 3D printing system of living human cells. He later led 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.
Ohad received his B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University after serving in Unit 8200, an Intelligence Corps unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). During his military service he received extensive training in the development and implementation of a software quality methodology, as well as QA.
Following university, he served as a programmer, developing server-side systems that deal with the processing of communication protocols. Later Ohad worked at NSO Group, an Israeli cyberarms dealer, which develops mobile device surveillance software. There, he dealt with developing tools for mobile testing, building software infrastructure for automated testing, and co-founded a lab for development and integration.
Since 2016 Ohad has been accompanying families in the ‘Paamonim’ Organization, where he advises on responsible economic conduct.
Ori holds a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences for Mathematical Genetics from the Institute of evolution, University of Haifa. Ori received M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Technion, and her B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. Ori served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) from 1982 to 1984 as a personnel officer in the Armored Corps’ Training Division.
Ori began her professional career in early 1993 as a programmer and algorithm developer for Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, where she spent 8 years. Her work at Rafael ranged from establishing a system for the development of image processing algorithms to programming in C language while working on various interfaces and operating systems.
From 2003 to 2006, she was a research fellow in a mathematical genetics and computational biology lab at Haifa University working on the subject of genetic mapping of quantitative traits based on the Method of Moments and Multivariate analysis.
Her latest position was as developer at IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) from 2006 to 2017. As part of her job, she has been working on the development and implementation of signal processing algorithms and for satellite simulators in Matlab and C++ languages.
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 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!