Yochi Slonim, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder and managing partner of FFWD.me, the startup fast forward program. Since 2007, over 20 startup companies at all stages have used the program in diverse areas such as enterprise software, SaaS, mobile marketing, internet, telecom and chip development. From 2000-2006, Yochi was founder and CEO of Identify Software, pioneering black box flight recorders for software applications. The company grew to $42m in sales and was acquired by BMC for $150m. From 1996-2000, he was Executive Vice President of products and marketing at Tecnomatix, a public NASDAQ company, which grew to sales of $100m and was later acquired by UGS for $220m. From 1989 – 1996, Yochi was a co-founder, CTO and VP R&D of Mercury Interactive, which became public in 1993, grew to over $1B in sales and was acquired by HP for $4.5B. Yochi is a recognised expert and speaker on the subjects of startup positioning and building scalable sales machines. He holds a B.Sc. and M.sc in mathematics and computer science from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem.
Yossi has over 25 years of experience in the high tech industry. He is widely regarded as a technology visionary who combines unique creative technology skills with a deep understanding of the business side and the end user's point of view. As early as 1989, Yossi started his own software house. He then moved into Mercury Interactive when the company was a still startup in its early days. At Mercury, Yossi was the creator of LoadRunner, which became the world's leading Load Testing product. Under his leadership for over 13 years, LoadRunner grew from a drawing board idea into the industry's de facto standard . Along the way, Loadrunner successfully grew its market share against several generations of competitors. When Mercury was acquired by HP for $4.5B, Loadrunner had a market share of 70% and its sales reached over $1B. During his 13 years long career at Mercury, Yossi held the positions of VP R&D, Load Testing and VP Technology. In those roles he was the technology visionary behind many of Mercury's acquisitions, technology integrations and new product ideas. After Mercury's acquisition by HP, Yossi worked with many startups as a consultant, advisory board member, investor and coach. Yossi holds B.Sc. in Computer Science, with honor, from the Hebrew University, M.Sc. in brain research, with excellence, from Bar Ilan University and coaching certificate from Tel Aviv University. As a side interest, Yossi also studied acting and took a leading role in an Israeli feature film and dozens of other small movies.
Yuval Tsadik, has 15 years of financial and operational experience as VP Finance and CFO in startup companies. . Since 1998 for over 9 years at Identify Software, he managed the finances of an international start-up company through a complete lifecycle, from founding through its acquisition by BMC for $150 million. During his time at Identify, Yuval led multiple fundraising rounds in various investment scenarios and also held a wide range of operational responsibilities. Following Identify, Yuval worked with many startups in diverse areas such as enterprise software, SaaS, internet, telecom, media and mobile. He developed business models, go-to market systems and operating plans and built a unique methodology that has become part of the FFWD.me Program. With this approach, Yuval has successfully led over 20 transactions of equity and debt investments in startup companies. Yuval started his career as a senior auditor in an Israeli CPA firm. Earlier, Yuval served three years in an Israel Defense Force intelligence unit. He holds a BA in Accounting and Economics and an MBA, both from The College of Management, Tel Aviv, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Israel.