Named one of Rolling Stone’s “Agents of Change” for 2009, prior to boxee Avner Ronen was the Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Comverse, Inc. a leading provider of software and service to Telecom service providers. Avner was responsible for acquisitions valued at $450M, which were key to the company’s evolution from a Voicemail company to a Billing and VAS provider. Avner joined Comverse in 2002 when they acquired Odigo, a company he co-founded in 1998. Odigo was one of the early Instant Messaging services on the web serving over8M users worldwide, and earned Avner the 2002 honor of being a member of Crain’s 40 under 40. Prior to Odigo Avner served for 4.5 years in the Israeli Defense Force in the special computer unit, MAMRAM.