Raphael (Rafi) Epstein is a senior-level technology executive with a strong track record of building and focusing high performance organizations to achieve aggressive revenue goals, market leadership, technology innovation and dynamic growth.
Rafi has Over 30 years of experience in high-technology firms, focusing on software and telecommunication arena, out of which 15 years in the Silicon Valley, California, specializing in SaaS, enterprise software and cloud computing.
Rafi’s experience encompasses C-level executive leadership in products strategy, business development, solution selling, customer development, startups venture funding, engineering management and hands-on software development.
Rafi specializes in identifying business problems and building companies and products to address those, while operating in multi-disciplinary and multi-geographies and cultures environment between Israel and the US.
Rafi is the founder of Netformx, and pioneered the field of Information Technology and Communication (ITC) design tools, and innovated the concept of Software + Knowledge as a Service. Under Rafi’s leadership in various executive positions as Chief Strategist, Chief Product Officer, and CEO, Netformx solutions have been adopted by top-tier equipment vendors (such as Cisco, HP, Juniper) and major Service Providers (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Belgacom, Swisscom) and others, granting Netformx a de-facto market leadership position, leading to consistent growth and profitability. Rafi was responsible for all financing rounds from seed till Series C.
Rafi also co-founded Optunix and served as its first CEO from inception till first financing round. Optunix later changed its name to FiberZone and was sold to financial investors.
In the course of his career Rafi has amassed extensive capital-raising experience, raising funds in excess of $40M for a variety of companies from seed to late stage.
Prior to Netformx, Rafi was head of IT for Gilat (NASDAQ:GILT) and lead the incubation of CAD tools for the Cable TV industry.
Before Gilat, Rafi was the CIO and Head of Computer Department for an elite R&D Military Intelligence unit, responsible for developing fault-tolerant embedded systems and command, control and communication (CCC) systems.
Rafi holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Tel-Aviv University (Summa Cum Laude), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Technion-Israel (Magna Cum Laude).