Avi is a co-founder of the Viola Group, and a co-founder of Carmel Ventures. He serves as a General Partner at Carmel and he leads Carmel’s FinTech practice. His investment interests include Software, Financial Services and Big Data. Avi was the first VC investor in Actimize, where he served as an active Chairman from 2001 and until it was sold to NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE), in August 2007, for $280 million. Avi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Payoneer, YCD, Clarizen, SundaySky, Personetics and TradAir. Avi serves as the Chairman of the VC Committee at the Israel Advanced Technologies Industries Association (IATI). Avi is a lecturer at the Kellogg Recanati International Executive MBA Program where he teaches the “VC –What’s it all about” course. Avi began his career as a hi-tech entrepreneur and was a co-founder and CEO of MINT Technologies. After merging Mint into Oshap, he served as the CFO of Oshap that was acquired by SunGard for $220M. Avi is involved in several educational non for profit organizations.