Eli was born in France and grew up between France and Israel. He graduated as a software engineer from Paris’ EPSI. He started his career at CISI, the information technology subsidiary of the French atomic energy agency. In the 80s, he co-founded Sofigo, one of IBM’s first (and most successful) PC distributors in France. He then moved to Israel and became the General Manager for Daisy’s (a pioneer in the EDA market) Israeli subsidiary. After the acquisition of Daisy by Intergraph, he continued to be active in the computer graphics world, holding several managing positions first with Intergraph, Veribest, iLogix, and others.