Yonatan Stern founded ZoomInfo (formerly Eliyon Technologies Corporation) in 2000 and is its chief executive officer and chief scientist. For more than 30 years, Stern has been active in cognitive science research, developing useful products based on algorithms which track the way people reason.
In May 2008, Stern co-founded Bizo, Inc., a spin-off of ZoomInfo's bizographic advertising business unit. Bizo, Inc. is focused on penetrating the multi-billion dollar online advertising market to build the largest targeted B2B advertising platform in the world.
Prior to ZoomInfo, Stern founded CardScan in 1993 (formerly Corex Technologies Corp.) and was president and CEO from the company's inception to its acquisition in 2006. Under his leadership, CardScan became the leading business card reading solution, reaching over 90% market share due to its superior character and text recognition and its parsing algorithms. In 1999, CardScan was named in Inc. Magazine's prestigious Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. In 1998, 1999, and 2001, Stern was a finalist in Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award competition.
Before CardScan, Stern co-founded ServiceSoft (formerly Rosh Intelligent Systems), where he served as president and CEO for 10 years. ServiceSoft was a leading provider of expert system tools designed for the diagnostic, repair and maintenance of complicated equipment. Key customers included field service organizations of companies like Xerox, Applied Materials, Philips and Siemens. ServiceSoft was acquired by Kana Software, Inc. where its powerful and flexible expert system is being used for online self-service applications.
Stern also served in the Israeli Army for five years, advancing to the rank of Major. During his service, the President of the State of Israel awarded Stern a medal of distinction for outstanding technical achievements contributing to the security of the country.
Stern earned both a master's and bachelor's degree cum laude in computer science from The Technion, Israel's most prestigious institute of technology.
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