Named one of Rolling Stone's "Agents of Change" for 2009, prior to Boxee Avner was the Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Comverse, Inc., a leading provider of software and service to Telecom service providers. He 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 over 8 million users worldwide, and earned Avner the 2002 honor of being a member of Crain's “40 under 40.”
Prior to Odigo, he served for four and a half years in the Israeli Defense Force in the special computer unit, MAMRAM