Chairman and Co-Founder
Mr. Eli Barkat, chairman and co-founder of BRM Group, is a recognized figure in the Israeli business community, with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, investment and business management experience. Eli excels at growing companies - providing hands-on strategic and management guidance from founding to exit.
In 1988, Eli co-founded BRM Technologies, an anti-virus software startup sold to Symantec. Leveraging early-on experience and accumulated self-capital, Eli led the transformation of BRM into a reputable private Israeli investment group, later expanding its initial technology focus to include non hi-tech industries as well.
Under Eli’s leadership, the Group has been involved, either directly or via venture capital funds under its control, in some of the most prominent exits in the industry. These include Checkpoint (NASDAQ: CHKP); Backweb (NASDAQ: BWEB); Passave (sold to PMC-Sierra); Oplus Technologies (sold to Intel); Whale Communications (sold to Microsoft), Fraud Sciences (sold to eBay) and Mediamind (sold to DG) . These successes have reinforced both BRM’s and Eli’s status as a leading and important investment player in the Israeli business arena.
Eli is the Chairman of DS-APEX and he currently sits on the board of GigaSpaces, SupportSpace, Pando Networks, Mominis, and DoAT.
Together with his wife, Alona, he founded the BRM Institute of Technology and Society at Tel Aviv University, and serves on the University’s Board of Governors.
Eli holds a B.Sc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.