Mr. Shai Kavas
Co-Founder. Managing Partner, CyberGuild
CyberGuild is a VC and venture builder dedicated to developing stand-out Israeli cybersecurity startups.
Shai spent 20 years at Intel gaining extensive experience through Research & Development, strategic and executive positions. With the launch of CyberGuild, the former “Eyes and Ears” of Intel Capital, combines his passions of trend-spotting and delivering cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies.
Shai founded Intel’s Cyber Center of Excellence, serving as senior director of Disruptive Cyber Innovations and growing the division to over 150 employees. In this role, Shai drove cybersecurity platform innovations across Intel’s entire portfolio (IoT, clients, servers, data center and cloud) addressing the needs of different market segments. Leveraging Israel’s entire security ecosystem spanning multi-nationals, startups, government, academia and army talent, he incubated new initiatives and business models, thus minimizing time-to-market.
Prior to that, Shai was COO for Intel Platforms Security Group, overseeing the delivery of hardware and software cybersecurity end-to-end solutions to commercial markets. Shai’s previous positions included Head of Intel Israel Central Innovation Agency, Architecture Manager and Chief of Staff to Intel Israel’s VP and GM. From earlier career roles, he gained rich insights on the cyber industry from IT CIO \ CISO perspectives, and on the value-add of hardware-enabled security (CPU & chipset level, platform) to this business.
Shai assisted in spearheading the employment of ultra orthodox women at Intel’s Jerusalem site that has since increased tenfold. He is a frequent speaker to diverse audiences ranging from enterprise, government and academia to the Mossad and IDF, on topics including innovation, leadership and security. Shai has a degree in Electronics Engineering and B.S in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.