Lior Haramaty (born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1966) is the co-founder of VocalTec Inc. (1989) and the inventor of the Audio Transceiver that enabled the creation of Voice Over Networks products and eventually the VoIP industry, that changed the face of the telecommunication industry.
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).
In 2006 Lior was Selected by Internet Telephony Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Voices of IP communications" for his contributions to the VoIP industry and in 2005 he was awarded the "VON Visionary Award" by Pulver.com .
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."
TMCnet's Internet Telephony Magazine -, "In fact, at that time the company's CTO, Lior Haramaty, knew more about VoIP than just about anyone else, and we were fortunate to have him as a columnist in this magazine for a number of years. "
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