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Remembering Efi Arazi

April 15, 2013  By

Efraim “Efi” Arazi, the founder of Scitex and EFI, passed away on his birthday on Sunday, he was 76. Arazi was one of the pioneers in the high-tech sector in Israel and a major contributor to print’s digital transformation.
Arazi received his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also helped to create the camera used by Apollo 11 to transmit live pictures from the moon in 1969.
Arazi founded Scitex Corporation in 1968 and grew it to become one of the first Israeli high tech firms, at its peak employing over 4,000 people. It was one if the first Israeli firms to be listed on the NASDAQ. He then went on to found Electronics for Imaging (EFI) in 1988, which became another major force in digital printing technology after launching the EFI Fiery just a few years later.
Later he went on to found yet another firm called iMedia, which developed tools for cable, satellite and terrestrial television operators to transmit video.
In 2005, Israeli news website Ynet named him the 148th greatest Israeli of all time in a poll of its audience. 
“EFI mourns the loss of our founder and former CEO, Mr. Efi Arazi,” EFI’s website states today. “While Efi is no longer here, his spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation will always stay with us.”


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