Except for a short period of relocation to the US in 1989, Joshua Levinberg has always lived in Tel Aviv, where he was born in October 1953. He was also educated in Tel Aviv and its surroundings, matriculating from the Ohel Shem High school in neighboring Ramat Gan and going on to graduate from Tel Aviv University with a B.Sc in electrical engineering and electronics. Although Levinberg actually worked as an engineer for only a few years, his education provided an excellent springboard into the world of technology in which he has been active for more than twenty years.
Joshua Levinberg was one of the co-founders of Gilat in 1987. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, becoming a publicly traded company in 1993 (NASDAQ: GILT). Joshua himself has maintained close ties with Gilat, filling a number of different positions over the years. Today he serves as Senior Advisor for Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Levinberg was also responsible for establishing Gilat’s subsidiary company in the US in 1989. Joshua is often quoted with regard to Gilat. He was quoted in an editorial in MergerMarket earlier this year on the necessity of size and global presence; and later, in an interview for Satellite Markets and Research, Levinberg addressed the place of creativity and innovation in companies.
Today much of Joshua Levinberg’s business activity revolves around JAL Ventures, a private investment company he established with his brother, Amiram, in 2003. JAL prides itself on its diverse portfolio of companies, as well as on its particular approach of providing management, as well as financial support to the companies in which it invests. These companies are mainly, though not exclusively, technologically oriented and encompass a range of industries from environmentally friendly digital printing (Matan Digital Printers) through to customer support solutions (NanoRep) and bio-diesel related projects in Africa (Agropeace).
Levinberg was also active in startup companies that were later sold for substantial amounts, such as the online advice service, Kasamba, that was acquired by LivePerson in 2007. Global Village Communciations (GVT), which was sold to Vivendi in 2007, is another example.
Living by the sea in Tel Aviv allows Levinberg to make time for his hobby of windsurfing, a sport in which participates enthusiastically.