Duda is made up of an eclectic mix of passionate, can-do individuals with a shared vision that the web has an almost infinite capacity to create better, more meaningful connections between people.
Itai Sadan 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.
Itai's mobile web 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."
Amir Glatt 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.”
Alan Keller Chief Revenue Officer
Alan brings more than 13 years of experience leading international and U.S. based direct sales and channel teams. Prior to Duda, Alan was the Vice President of Business Development at VerticalResponse, a leading email service 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 has deep experience in online retail markets and embraces an entrepreneurial spirit. Alan holds a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing and International Business from the University of San Francisco.
Sarah Carpenter Chief Financial Officer
Sarah has 20 years of professional and executive experience with both large global and smaller local Silicon Valley organizations. Consistently on the finance and accounting side of the house, she has lead teams in organizations as diverse as an energy company (Calpine) to a large international software company (Mercury Interactive) and several early stage venture capital supported technology startups (Cendura, WeVideo). She has both public and private company experience building and managing multi-national budgets and strategic plans. Sarah has an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor in Science in Accounting from the University of San Francisco.
Oren Zeev 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.
Pitango Venture Capital
Pitango Venture Capital, the leading venture capital firm in Israel, 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. It is invested in more than 150 companies; among them are companies that have gone public, such as JinkoSolar, RADWARE, Retalix, CardGuard and others as well as companies that were acquired, such as superDimension (acquired by Covidien), Anobit (acquired by Apple), VideoSurf (acquired by Microsoft), Provigent (acquired by Broadcom), Convergin (acquired by Oracle), Optonol (acquired by Alcon), Dune Networks (acquired by Broadcom) Ventor (acquired by Medtronic), Traiana (acquired by ICAP), ColBar (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), RADLAN (acquired by Marvell) and Disc-o-Tech (acquired by Kyphone). Pitango invests in early stage start-ups, as well as growth phase companies in the IT, Life Sciences and Cleantech industries.
Eitan Bek Pitango Venture Capital, Board Member
Eitan Bek joined Pitango in late 2000 and became a Partner in 2007. Before joining Pitango Eitan was a member of the founding team that established Beautifulisland.Com, a startup with a goal to be the first Personal Internet Service Company dedicated to helping people who don't know computers enjoy the many benefits of the Internet. In the mid-90s, Eitan served as Director of System Specification group at Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ESLT). In this role, he led development teams and was directly accountable for R&D activities in customer projects, with an aggregate value in excess of $100 million, and was responsible for marketing upgrade suites. Eitan holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School, and a BA degree (magna cum laude) in Business Administration from the College of Management, Tel-Aviv. Eitan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pageonce and Duda. Previously Eitan served on the Board of Directors of 3DV Systems and Videosurf (both acquired by MSFT) and as active observer at Provigent (acquired by Broadcom) and Discretix.