Cybertech Global TLV | Amiram Shachar on the Adrenalin of New Beginnings

The Co-Founder & CEO of Upwind Security spoke about his cyber journey and the significance of his military service

Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik

Amiram Shachar, the Co-Founder & CEO of cloud security company Upwind Security, spoke about his cyber journey on the main stage of Cybertech Global Tel Aviv this morning (Tuesday).

“The term ‘Upwind’ comes from windsurfing – a term I love as I’m a surfer myself. After selling my first company,, I wanted that adrenalin again and founded Upwind together with about 30 people from Spot,” he explained to Cybertech Founder & CEO, Amir Rapaport.

A former officer at the IDF’s elite Center of Computing and Information Systems (MAMRAM), Shachar spoke about the fast pace of technology in the Israeli army. “The reality pushes the boundaries of innovation. My service helped me understand my future clients and their needs, helped me get to where I am today.”

“People ask me how Israelis manufacture so much technology and innovation, and my answer is the military service,” Shahar added. “It teaches us to build teams that deal with complex problems. Saying that you’re from the IDF and worked in computers there gives you an advantage on the global market.”

Former NBA player Omri Casspi, one of the investors in Upwind through his venture capital fund, Sheva, joined the stage and said he feels lucky to be one of Shachar’s investors. “For me, it was very challenging to enter the VC tech world, but over time I learned that it was very similar to playing sports. It’s all about how you define yourself within the context of a team.”

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