I’m a 1969 model Israeli, and that means a lot. Born in Tel-Aviv and currently living in Tel-Mond with Einat, a Yoga instructor and Speech Therapist, and our children Zohar, Adam, Ella and Tommy (the family Shih-Tzu).
With a Bachelors’ degree in Archeology from the Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, my professional post-IDF life began as a field archeologist with numerous excavations all over Israel.
Funny enough, the universe threw me many curve balls and somehow, I ended up here. A veteran High-Tech Entrepreneur with a focus on Cyber Security. I co-founded several companies, sold a couple of them, and am extremely active in my field.
I’m very passionate with everything I choose to focus on, and I don’t stop. Currently, my focus is saving children’s lives. I do that by spearheading L1ght’s technology (as Co-Founder and CTO). But my path is not yet finished, and opportunities will never stop.
Is what was once immoral, now becoming moral? — Not too long ago, being a drug dealer, undercover agent, arms seller or pedophile, was a very difficult thing. And until around three years ago, if anyone wanted to be part of these “respectable”, groups, and have an online presence, either for business or pleasure, they had to know how to hide, and by hiding, I mean really hide.
From headlines about YouTube allowing racist and homophobic harassment in the comments section to revelations that GIPHY is playing host to child pornography and white supremacy imagery or even moderators accusing Facebook for giving them PTSD, it’s clear that platforms across the board are failing to keep their sites free of toxic content or approach moderation properly.
When paramedics begin training, the first thing they learn is to protect themselves before treating patients. They are imprinted with the understanding that if they are either wounded or hurt, they will not be able to help others, hence putting both themselves and their patients at risk.
The word “Hentai” (変態), literally meaning “metamorphosis, or: a state of being different,” is associated with a perverted fetish, and is an excellent example of something that got lost in translation between Eastern and Western Cultures.
The presentation was given in Dr. Naftali Geffen’s MA course of Cyber Entrepreneurship initiatives.
Lecture I have done in an E&Y Cyber conference at Tel Aviv
From a statistical standpoint, my success rate stands at 41.6%. I have founded 6 startups and sold 2.5 of them.
With no official background in either technology nor business, I was forced to learn fast. Initially how to be a good techie and eventually how to manage and create businesses. I have been challenged by my technological peers on security (nowadays we call it “cyber”), infrastructure, DB’s, coding, networks and more, as well as by my investors on all things budget, ESOP, valuations and the like.
I have managed sales funnels, marketing team, PR interactions and distributors. All this while traveling the globe more than 250 days a year over a span over several years.
Mostly, I had the pleasure of managing talented people. Much more talented and educated than me in their relevant fields. I was responsible for their well being and their livelihood, and at most times, I succeeded.
I manage by example and enjoy the trenches. Being a part of the team’s effort, enjoying the pains of honesty.
I have reached the point in which I am comfortable enough to say what I know and to admit about things I do not know.
I am good at starting tech companies and making them a success. If you need my help, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and we talk.
“She who must be obeyed”
“Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli”
“Learn the rules well so you know how to break them properly”
“Well, as long as there’s, you know, sex and drugs, I could do without the rock’n’ roll.”
“Spin! Hammer! Fire! Jump!”
“My mind to your mind, my thoughts to your thoughts”
“would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Kung Fu Panda
“If you build it, they will come”
Field of Dreams
“Earth without art is just Eh”
A very observant someone
“There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
The Blues Brothers
“There is a right and wrong in the Universe and that distinction is not hard to make.”