Co-Founder & CEO
Itai Sadan founded Duda to help small businesses connect with potential customers anywhere, anytime and anyplace. Itai started the company from his garage in Mountain View, CA, with his high school friend, Amir Glatt, who is now CTO. In 2008 they both noticed how the Internet was shifting towards mobile and the need for small businesses to create mobile optimized sites to attract customers on the go. Since then, in addition to offering their mobile-only solution, the company has evolved to also offer an all-in-one responsive website builder for agencies and small businesses alike.
Itai's mobile web and small business website expertise has been cited by USA Today, Website Magazine, The Huffington Post, Mobile Entertainment and more. He speaks regularly on the local, mobile and social space at industry events hosted by such organizations as BIA Kelsey, Constant Contact, Local Search Association and the Israeli Conference.
Prior to founding Duda, Itai was a director at SAP where he managed the SAP Discovery System program and was in charge of relationships with IBM, HP and Fujitsu. At age 21, he also founded InterSight, a start-up for data storage. Itai has a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Ben Gurion in Israel.
“Duda” is a varitation of “Dude,” which is the main character in one of Itai and Amir’s favorite movies of all time, The Big Lebowski.
Itai’s favorite quote from the film is: "Well, sir, it's this rug I had. It really tied the room together."
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Amir Glatt brings over 14 years of product management, software architecture expertise and large development team management to Duda. Beginning as Duda’s sole developer and engineer, Amir is the original mind behind the company's one of a kind platform. In 2010 he returned to Tel Aviv from California to open and oversee a new research and development office. Under Amir’s leadership, this team has grown to include over 30 highly-qualified engineers and product managers.
Prior to founding Duda, Amir worked for SAP where he conceived and managed the development of the company’s collaborative portal, a next generation Web 2.0 enterprise portal. Prior to that, Amir worked for several startup companies including Checkm8 and Adwise. Amir has a BSc in Computer Science & Mathematics from the Ben Gurion University in Israel.
His favorite quote from The Big Lebowski is: “You’re not wrong, Walter. You’re just an *sshole.”
Chief Revenue Officer
Alan brings more than 15 years of experience in a combination business development, customer success, and executive management roles. Prior to Duda, Alan was the Vice President of Business Development at VerticalResponse, a leading email and social media platform for SMBs. Prior to VerticalResponse, Alan was the Director of Worldwide Business Development for Mercado, a leading e-commerce product discovery solution provider. Alan holds a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing and International Business from the University of San Francisco.
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Knaut is a technology-industry veteran with 15 years of management and executive experience. He has held a breadth of strategy, finance, and operations roles with a unifying focus on driving sustainable long-term growth. Jason previously served as VP Finance & Analytics for realtor.com, a subsidiary of News Corp. Before joining realtor.com, Jason was Director of Corporate Development & Strategy at Network Solutions, and earlier in his career, worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and management consultant at Accenture. Jason earned an MBA at MIT Sloan and holds a BS in Operations Research from Cornell University. He is also a CFA charterholder. In his role at Duda, Jason is responsible for guiding finance and accounting operations as well as providing strategic decision support across the organization. In his spare time, Jason is an aspiring ski bum, preferring the powder of the Grand Tetons, Rockies, and Sierra Nevadas to his glacial training growing up in the Northeast.
Orens Capital, Chairman of the Board
Oren Zeev is a Founding Partner at Orens Capital and is focused on the internet and mobile internet spaces. Oren typically leads the rounds he invests in and plays a very active role in the companies he invests in. Oren currently serves on the boards of Houzz, Chegg, Duda (Chairman), Infolinks, Crossrider (Chairman), Tipalti (co-founder and Chairman), and until recently Wibiya (acquired by Conduit). Oren is also an early investor in GT Nexus, Gogobot, Capriza and Bonobos. Oren was the lead investor in Audible (Nasdaq:ADBL, acquired by AMZN) and a significant investor in Cramster (acquired by Chegg). Prior to this, Oren was a General Partner at Apax Partners, where he focused on digital media and led the Tech practice. Oren holds a BSc Cum Laude from the Technion in Israel, and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD in France.
Chemi Peres Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital
Chemi Peres is a Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital. Pitango is the leading venture capital firm in Israel and has been investing in technology entrepreneurs since 1993. With offices in Israel and Silicon Valley, Pitango currently manages several venture funds totaling over $1.4 billion in committed capital. Chemi currently serves on the board of companies such as Taboola and Via ,he has served on the boards of several NASDAQ companies, such as AudioCodes, BackWeb, Magic Software Enterprises, Aladdin, VocalTec, Orckit Communications and Koor Industries, among others. Chemi also serves as a board member in several non-for-profit organizations. He is chairman of the Peres center for Peace, board member at Social Finance Israel and serves on the board of Governors of The Jewish Diaspora Museum. He holds BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering and MBA from Tel Aviv UniversityVisit Chemi's blog: www.chemiperes.com