Leadership

Our people are as innovative as our cybersecurity technologies and
solutions

Who We Are

Our executive leaders are collectively driven by a common passion to make Merlin the go-to cybersecurity platform that empowers organizations with the most innovative, effective solutions to close critical security gaps and simplify digital risk management.

Managing Partner

Seth Spergel

Managing Partner

Seth Spergel

Seth Spergel is a Managing Partner of Merlin Ventures, where he is responsible for identifying cutting-edge companies for Merlin to partner with and invest in. Seth has more than 20 years of experience building, selling, and investing in software and startups. Most recently, Seth was VP for Infrastructure Technologies at In-Q-Tel, a strategic investment firm that invests in startups that meet the mission needs of government customers. There, he led a team of technology experts to evaluate companies and identify novel uses of their technology within In-Q-Tel’s customer set.

Prior to In-Q-Tel, Seth was the VP of Engineering for ThinkGeek, an online seller and manufacturer of “geeky” toys and clothing. He also spent 12 years at IBM in roles ranging from software developer to sales manager.

Managing Partner

Shay Michel

Managing Partner

Shay Michel

Shay is a Managing Partner of Merlin Ventures. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of toDay Ventures, which is the Seed Stage Partner Fund for Merlin Ventures. Shay is an expert in transforming tech startups into working businesses. Prior to toDay, Shay worked at Inkod and as an entrepreneur, founded Playground, Sparkeo, and Buzzit Media.

Principal

Almog Golod

Principal

Almog Golod

Almog is Principal for Merlin Ventures. He served 10 years with 8200, the elite technology unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. Before joining Merlin, Almog worked for a boutique investment banking firm.

Associate

Tav Spector

Associate

Tav Spector

Tav is an Associate at Merlin Ventures. She has a BA in Political Science and Business Administration, with a minor in Big Data from Tel Aviv University. She previously worked for a company that provided financial consulting services to senior veterans of the Israel Defense Forces.