Alon Cohen (born in Israel, 1962) is the co-founder of VocalTec Inc. (1989) and the inventor of the Audio Transceiver (U.S. Patent 5,825,771) that enabled the creation of Voice Over Networks products and eventually the VoIP industry, that changed the face of the telecommunication industry. Cohen holds 4 US patents on different communications technologies. He is currently Executive VP and CTO at Phone.com.
Alon Cohen is the co-founder of VocalTec Communications Inc. (1989), an Israli hi-tech company recognized as the pioneer of the VoIP industry. He is also the inventor of the Audio Transceiver (U.S. Patent 5,825,771) that enabled the creation of Voice Over Networks products and eventually the VoIP industry, that changed the face of the telecommunication industry. Cohen holds 5 US patents on different communications technologies. VocalTec is recognized as the first company to provide Internet voice technology worldwide, which in 1996 was one of the earliest successful Internet IPOs (NASDAQ: vocl).
According to Om Malik, "Two entrepreneurs barely out of their teens, Lior Haramaty and Alon Cohen, founded VocalTec Communications in 1993 based on the promise of packet voice technology they observed as members of the Israel Defense Forces.... the idea of commercializing packet voice did not occur to anyone until the arrival of Lior and Alon."
After leaving VocalTec Cohen founded and managed a successful series of business ventures, including BitWine and RemoteAbility. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and CTO at Phone.com.
Cohen is a frequent speaker at top industry conferences, serves on technical advisory boards or as a mentor of several companies and is also an expert witness in VoIP patent litigation trials.
Cohen also has an active blog where he writes about technology and innovations.
Cohen was also named, by “The Marker”, the leading Israeli Business Newspaper, as one of the “100 Most Influential Israelis” in Israel’s High Technology history in September 2005.
Cohen represented the State of Israel in the United Nations negotiations of the ITU Study Group 16 for the development and ratification of global VoIP standards.
Cohen also holds 4 US patents on different communications technologies and co authored more as part of VocalTec.
Cohen received an MBA and BSC.EE from Tel Aviv University, both Magna Cum Laude.
Cohen resides in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.