Our Team

Only a small handful of teams around the world are currently working in the field of computer vision & AI for autonomous flight. Ours is already making a difference.


We have already made high-performance drone missions a reality with precise, real-time detection & tracking for inspection flights. Now we’re working on systems that will make delivery and passenger drones completely safe and reliable.

With a deep academic background based on more than 30 years of research led by Prof. Joseph Francos, our team has vast experience in computer vision, machine learning, and aeronautics.

Roy Shmuel


Yonatan Samet


Elyashiv Maller

VP Operations

Board of Directors

Raffi Friedman


Mr. Raffi Friedman brings vast experience in leading and managing growing global businesses. In his former role, Mr. Friedman was the CEO at Electra Consumer Products Ltd. In addition, Mr. Friedman holds the position of Chairman of Beres Electra Cellular Communication Ltd. (distributor of Sony Ericsson in Israel) as well as three public executive positions: Director of Israel Standard Institute, Chairman of the Electrical Product Division of the Israeli Chambers of Commerce, and Management member of the Manufacturers Association of Israel.

Dr. Avshalom Horan


Dr. Avshalom Horan is a Venture Partner at Tene Capital and Managing Partner at Bridge Investment Fund. Previously, Dr. Horan worked as the Vice President of a technology subsidiary of the Bank Leumi Investment Group. Dr. Horan serves as the Chairman of Simbionix USA Corporation and has served as a Director of several private and public Israeli companies, including NICE Systems Ltd. He has a background in seed investment and management of technology companies through their early stages. Dr. Horan holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University.

Raluca Ragab


Growth equity investor partnering with extraordinary founders in Israel, Spain and Portugal. Special areas of interest: vertical & horizontal software, cloud infrastructure, digital adoption, data infrastructure, vertical AI. Focused on helping businesses scale up thru $50-100mmARR and beyond to IPO.

I also roll my sleeves alongside founders to prepare for and manage life as a listed equity business post IPO including by being a NED or identifying appropriate ones, identifying and training IR professionals, developing a sharp equity story to differentiate, managing expectations in the quarters post listing, developing a modus operandi of the co of interfacing with public investors, etc.

While at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, co-led growth equity rounds in various businesses, including leading in 2007 a $130M round in Mobileye, the automated driving software company (the largest Israeli IPO on the NYSE up to 2014 at $5B+, acquired in 2017 by Intel for $15B)

Itai Horstock


Itai has extensive experience in the VC and PE industry. He co-founded and managed the Sherpa Group, a New York-based venture capital platform with offices in New York and Tel Aviv that has adjusted its model as markets have evolved. Itai serves as the Executive Director of the Government of Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in Israel. He also serves as a board member and Chairman of various technology companies in Israel and the US, advising in the fields of M&A transactions, venture capital, and strategic planning.

Mark Lauterstein


Mark Lauterstein – Director an entrepreneur, enjoyed a number of successful exits, investing mainly in the fields of robotics and machine vision in several companies.

Chris Smith

Board Observer

Chris is a Partner at Playfair Capital. Prior to joining Playfair, he held senior roles at plan.com and Vannin Capital. He has executed over a dozen angel investments across the UK and US in the past 10 years, with three notable exits to date: Nearbuy Systems (acquired by RetailNext), MoPowered (LON:MPM), and Bidstack (LON:BIDS).

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