Barak Schoster Goihman, a tech operator and entrepreneur who was co-founder and chief technology officer of Bridge crew which is an open-source cybersecurity company that developers acquired in the last year Palo Alto Networks, joined Battery Ventures as Venture Partner to manage investment efforts within its Israel office and to fund companies that have global influence.
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Battery Ventures Hires Barak Schoster Goihman to expand Israel’s presence
Schoster is joining Battery as the company begins deploying its new investment funds valued at a total of $3.8 billion. Battery established the first of its offices in Israel in 2007 and has been partnering with businesses across different technology fields, including enterprise infrastructure tools for developing B2B applications security and fintech, as well as advanced semiconductors and materials. In conjunction with the closure of its latest Fund, the company recently relocated its Israel offices in Sarona, Tel Aviv.
Following the acquisition of Bridge crew — the company that developed the open-source tool Checkov –Schoster has been working out of Israel as the senior director of Palo Alto Networks, leading developer advocacy, including open-source, products-led development (PLG) initiatives and architectural efforts connected to DevSecOps in Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Cloud business that Bridge crew is part of.
“We are delighted to accept Barak as a new member of Battery and add an intelligent and well-connected user to our staff,” said Scott Tobin, the senior partner of Battery. “We were introduced to Barak through our involvement in the Series A round of Bridge crew; we were always impressed with Barak’s ability to be a highly skilled CTO. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s chosen to stay with the Battery family as an investor for the full time.”
Added Dharmesh Thakker, a Battery general partner in Silicon Valley who led Battery’s Bridge crew investment: “Barak is a true pioneer in creating large open-source communities that enable innovation-driven growth in the cybersecurity industry. First at Bridge crew and later at Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma. We are delighted to have him on our team of software engineers and look forward to continuing to support promising Israeli startups and assist them in growing their operations to an international scale.”
Schoster will be in his new position. Schoster will focus on infrastructure investments, including cybersecurity open-source software, DevOps, cloud infrastructure, and data/machine learning. Schoster will be a permanent part of the world’s investment team and will work closely with colleagues from Israel and the US and Israel. The team in Tel Aviv, the current team, comprises Scott Tobin, Battery Partner Shiran Shalev, as well as Battery Investment Team members Adi Dangot, Lior Mallul, and Nikki Hassan.
Established in 1983, Battery invests in companies at every stage, from early and seed to buyouts and growth, and also invests internationally from locations in Boston, San Francisco, Menlo Park, New York, London, and Tel Aviv.