Decima Ventures is a technology investment group with over 13 year track-record of building and growing successful companies.
Mr Rony Zarom, a serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist had founded Decima Ventures in 2001, shortly after selling his first company Exalink for $550mm to Comverse (NASDAQ: CNSI) only 14 months after establishing it, .
Decima Ventures initial investment size ranges between $50K to $4mm. It typically invests in early -stage tech companies in the cyber-security, video, messaging and social spaces which are headquartered in Israel or the US
Decima Ventures’ current investments include Watchitoo, Axxana, PineApp and most recently- Samba, chosen as “startup to watch” at SXSW 2014.
Decima Ventures has offices in New York City and in Tel Aviv.
-Rony Zarom, Founder & CEO; Decima Ventures.
Many investors regard investment as a "numbers' game"- they invest in a large number of startups, assuming that if you throw enough darts you are bound to hit something. With such approach- they don't have the ability or the motivation to help their investments succeed, and indeed the vast majority of them, if not all, fail.
We at Decima Ventures rather take more selective approach. We selectively pick fewer startups to invest in and with that- we are committed to making sure they succeed. What it takes from us as investors, we know, is more than some cash and a quarterly phone call.
How do we select our investments?
Over the years we have built expertise, resources and networks that serve well to benefit the advancement of our portfolio companies. We therefore tend to pick investments that are in a position to rip the greatest benefits from collaborating with us. Our history shows that our involvement is most impactful with ventures that are at a certain location, sector and stage. That is not to say that ventures that do not meet these criteria are not worthwhile investments. They may very well be- just not for us. We are most likely to invest in startups that meet the following criteria:
The world first took notice of Mr Zarom when he sold his first company, Exalink to Comverse (NASDAQ: CNSI) for $550mm, only 18 months after establishing it. But in fact - Mr. Zarom’s propensity towards entrepreneurship was apparent long before then.
Mr. Zarom was a founding member of Elronet - the first commercial ISP in israel, which merged into Netvision and became Israel’s biggest Internet service provider (ISP) to date.
An initiative Mr. Zarom had championed while at Elronet, namely Arel- had branched off to become ArelNet, a publically traded company on the Israeli Stock Exchange in 1996. (Today owned by AirSpan)
Mr. Zarom’s business activity is not limited to the tech industry. He is the the majority share owner of Aspen Group, a publicly traded company that specializes in high-yield commercial real estate and solar energy systems, with assets valued at approximately 2.2 Billion NIS.
As a committed philanthropist - Mr. Zarom is the founder, chairman and the driving force behind Unistream (established 2001) - a non-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering underprivileged youth through entrepreneurship. Unistream had been awarded Presidential Volunteer Medal by Israeli president Shimon Peres.
Mr. Zarom holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from CUNY- City University of New York.
He is married and has 4 children. He divides his time between Tel Aviv and NYC.
-Rony Zarom, Founder & CEO; Decima Ventures
The name "Decima" signifies an important principle that we, as an investment group, are committed to remain loyal to. In Roman mythology, Decima is the goddess of creation. She is named Decima after the number ten (think decimal system), which follows the number nine- to signify that only after nine months of pregnancy, can the creation of life come to fruition.We, like Decima, understand that creating anything that will stand the test of time- takes time. It takes commitment. it takes progression that may take place under the surface. And that this process cannot be rushed. We are committed to make sure our entrepreneurs have everything it takes to make this progress and to create a lasting success.On paper, providing entrepreneurs the resources to build companies is what all investors do. Yet, as it happens, it is not always the case. Looking to make a quick profit may cloud investors' judgement in a way that is likely to compromise a venture's long term success.We at Decima Ventures are vested, not just invested, in our portfolio companies.This is what our name stands for. This is what we stand for.
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