RAMI BERACHA HAILED FOR HIS HIGH-TECH INVESTMENTS
Rami Beracha is one of Israel’s most famous high-tech investors and it is no surprise that Cardumen Capital has included him on its 2020 Israel Funding Ecosystem Map of “angels,” meaning people who invest in technology.
Cardumen Capital is a European venture capital firm that mainly invests in high-tech markets.
That is an item that the businessman Rami Beracha also has on his impressive resume.
In 1996, he joined Israel’s largest venture capital fund, Pitango Venture, where he became a managing partner four years later.
During his employment at Pitango Venture, Rami Beracha invested in numerous high-tech firms, focusing on investments in the early stages of companies whose visions were to make considerable changes in future fields.
Fourteen years after he joined Pitango Venture, Rami Beracha took the leap and founded his own company, Sosa, with Goni Sacks and Barak Pridor in Tel Aviv, Israel.
At Sosa, he serves as chairman of the board of directors and uses his extensive knowledge about the high-tech world to create links between international companies and Israeli start-ups that can benefit from each other and share experiences.
Rami Beracha’s Military Injuries
Before Rami Beracha started his endeavors in the business world, he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli national tennis league.
In 1980, he was recruited to the Israeli army, Israel Defense Forces (IDF), where he served in the Paratroopers Brigade infantry unit.
When Israel was at war with Lebanon two years after Rami Beracha’s recruitment, he found himself fighting on the battlefield, and he completed an officer’s course with honors afterward. Because of that, he could return to his unit as a platoon commander.
In 1983, when the war between Israel and neighboring Lebanon was at its height, Rami Beracha was stationed in the Chouf Mountains in Lebanon.
Soldiers from his unit were wounded in a minefield, and he and Captain Sharon Davidovitch were sent to their rescue.
During the operation, Rami Beracha stepped on a mine and lost his right hand and left foot while his left hand was severely wounded.
It took a long time for him to recover, but when he did, he joined an elite unit in the reserve army, which he still serves today.
Nothing Stops Rami Beracha
The army injuries turned out to prove that nothing could stop Rami Beracha’s adventurous spirit. Even with just one hand and one foot, he continued playing tennis and also cycled, kite-surfed and snowboarded.
After serving in the army, Rami Beracha completed a Bachelor of Laws at Tel Aviv University. Later, he acquired a Master of Laws from Fordham University in New York City and started working as a lawyer for the international law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson on Wall Street.
In addition, Rami Beracha finished an MBA at the private university INSEAD in France in 1996.
Rami Beracha is married to Tami Melchin with whom he has four kids; Nadav, who is currently serving in the Paratroopers Brigade, Eli and Michaela, who are twins, and Roy.
Serving as a Role Model
In 2018, Rami Beracha received the rank of major of the Division of the Fire Brigade and the Paratroopers Brigade.
A year later, he accompanied a group of soldiers, who had been injured during their army service, to the Himalayas, where he served as a mentor and role model.
“Rami guided me, let me find out and explained to me what he has experiences and gone through. Throughout the journey, he grabbed me by my hand, climbed rocks, and descended mountains. This man is simply inspirational, he has given me strength,” Shmuel Mordechai told Israel National News after the trip.
Rami Beracha also guides the technology start-up 6Degrees in helping people with upper-limb deficiency to use smart devices.
6Degrees was established by Ziv Shilon and Aryeh Katz, who were also severely injured in the army, along with industrial designer Miri Berger.
The company has developed a gadget that the user places on his upper arm, enabling the wounded person to control the small machine with accuracy within a few minutes.
The goal of 6Degress is to make people, who were either born with disabilities or got them later in life, feel normal and help them complete everyday tasks.
In 2019, Rami Beracha and Ziv Shilon received medals of honor from the United States Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to show the strong ties between the two countries.
Robert Wilkie was in Israel on behalf of Donald Trump to attend a September 11 memorial ceremony at a Jerusalem monument with the names of the 2,996 victims.