Sinopse

This podcast brings you in-depth Interviews with leaders and innovators in the tech world. Listen to the stories of entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs about their successes and challenges. We delve into what drives them to succeed, how they overcome failure, and most of all how they build a company from the ground up. This podcast gives you insights into what these entrepreneurs went through to succeed.

Episódios

  • Avichay Nissenbaum- Entreprenuer to Leading VC

    Avichay Nissenbaum- Entreprenuer to Leading VC

    11/02/2020 Duração: 46min

    In this episode of PluggedIn I sit with Avichay Nissenbaum, General Partner @ Lool Ventures and discuss how he started his career as a pest shop worker, ended up selling his last startup Yedda to AOL in 2007 and transitioned into a leading VC in Israel with Lool Ventures. Tune in to listen to that and much more as Avichay discusses his philosophy on startups and more including; How he got started in his career? What was his first startup? How long did it take to build & scale SmartTeam? (4:45) Before AOL acquired Yedda, what offer did they turn down? What did he learn from working in a pet shop? (6:50) What is the "Thin Wedge Approach"? Why does Avichay believe that "consumer experience matters more than algorithms". What mistake should startups try and avoid? (24:30) Why being CEO is lonely? (43:52) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Iri Zohar- The Perennial Founder  CEO

    Iri Zohar- The Perennial Founder & CEO

    24/01/2020 Duração: 54min

    In this episode of PluggedIn, I sit with Iri Zohar CEO of DFine and previously started and lead Oridian acquired by Ybrandt now Brightcom, eXelate acquired by Neilsen, & Freshub acquired by IKAN Technologies. It's an incredible track record and it's one of the many topics I discuss with him, what is the secret to his success, what keeps him motivated to keep building companies. When you listen to this episode you will also learn the following: 1st startup idea? Pivoting and how difficult it can be?  Overcoming the first failure? Was founding his 2nd company easier or harder? Challenges of building company culture at eXelate? What did Iri want to be at 15? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Eli Hoffman- High School Principal to CEO

    Eli Hoffman- High School Principal to CEO

    11/12/2019 Duração: 48min

    In this episode, I sit with Eli Hoffman, CEO of Seeking Alpha. Eli joined the company in 2006 after moving to Israel from Toronto to build the company's breaking news team. He is responsible for creating Seeking Alpha's flagship newsletter, Wall Street Breakfast, which is read by hundreds of thousands of investors daily. The story on how Eli went from a principal of an elementary school in Toronto to CEO of one of the hottest and most relied upon sites in finance is amazing. Eli had no idea that teaching would influence his management style and how his habit of investing while teaching would play a much larger role later on. When you listen to the podcast you will also learn the following; What pushed Eli into a career change (11:35) What challenges did Eli see stepping in as CEO (29:30) Thoughts on leadership and why have a strong opinion is critical Building company DNA The 3 Qualities he looks in employees Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Dov Moran- The Grizzled Veteran

    Dov Moran- The Grizzled Veteran

    25/11/2019 Duração: 48min

    In episode 3 of season 2, I had the pleasure of sitting with Dov Moran one of the more grounded entrepreneurs i know (there is no age limit to being one)who sold a company for $1.5B to Sandisk. He is pragmatism and realism are refreshing as he discusses the pros and cons (yes there can be some downside) to selling his company and why he decided he wanted to start something new, the mistakes he made along the way, and what he is doing now with Grove ventures. Dov even goes into how he became chairman of Tower Semiconductor and has to make some really hard decisions to save the company. But this is just some of the things you will learn when you listen to this podcast, here are a few more things; 1) What was his first job? 2) When did he realize that he had the wrong people in mSystems? (12:50) 3) When did mSystems start taking off? (15:45) 4) How many times did it take before mSystems sold to Sandisk? (20:40) 5) How instrumental was Dov in turning around Tower Semiconductor? (28:10) 6) Why is Grove Ventures fo

  • Ofer Fryman- The Egg Breaker

    Ofer Fryman- The Egg Breaker

    13/11/2019 Duração: 45min

    In this episode I site down with Ofer Fryman, CEO of Syte Syte a leasding AI startup out of Israel which is redefining online and in-store retail with next-generation visual AI. Ofer takes us on his journey working at HP, Microsoft, Jungo and how his experience working at those companies have helped shape him into the CEO who just closed a $21.5M series B round and has grown to 70+ employees.  Most of all Ofer shares his insights into his experiences and if you listen you will find out the following: 1) Why breaking eggs is so important and why Ofer loves to be the one to break them. (5:00) 2) How many tries did it take to find the right product fit for Syte? 3) Be a sales leader- why it is important not to rely on others to sell your product early on.  4) Key to growth in Syte- Communication between sales & BD teams 5) What was most difficult management decision Ofer made? (38:20) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Gil Dudkiewicz- The Perennial Entrepreneur

    Gil Dudkiewicz- The Perennial Entrepreneur

    31/10/2019 Duração: 39min

    In episode 26 I sit with Gil Dudkiewicz, CEO & Co-Founder StartApp a mobile media & data company and the 3rd most popular SDK after Google & FB. Before StartApp, Gil was the CEO of SweetIM, which was acquired by Perion Network (NASDAQ: PERI) in late 2012 for $41 million. In addition to this, In addition to this, I was also the CEO of MyDTV/MeeVee and the Entrepreneur in Residence at The Cedar Fund. This episode we discuss how his career got started, when he caught the entrepreneurial bug, what keeps him motivated, how he handles adversity, creating a culture of success , hiring methodology, scaling company, and why he doesn't believe in doors in the office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Meir Morgenstern- How being Lean, Mean,  Focused ended up with an acquisition by Dropbox

    Meir Morgenstern- How being Lean, Mean, & Focused ended up with an acquisition by Dropbox

    06/08/2019 Duração: 48min

    In episode 25, I sit down with Meir Morgenstern who co-founded CloudOn in 2012, in short, it offered a web-based collaboration tool that lets users open, review and edit Microsoft Office documents. Meir and his team were acquired by Dropbox in 2015 after collaborating with them on a third-party application. So how did Meir come up with ClouOn? Great question and in this episode Meir takes us to his first job and the impact it had on him and the lessons he learned about leadership helped him create a culture of success in CloudOn and Dropbox Israel. However, success did not come overnight, listen to the podcast and you will learn about that and more; - First job - Coming up with CloudOn - The pivot (11:15) - What is a Persumer? (22:20) - Becoming an effective CEO & leader - How did the relationship with Dropbox start (36:45) - Challenges of integrating the team into Dropbox - Building and growing Dropbox in Israel - What did Meir want to be at 15? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Gil Eyal- Parlaying a failure into a success

    Gil Eyal- Parlaying a failure into a success

    16/07/2019 Duração: 48min

    In episode 24, I sit with Gil Eyal, CEO of HYPR as we speak about how HYPR came to be and how Mobli which was the Instagram before Instagram helped get him there. Eyal is a pioneer in the influencer space, as he served as the COO of early player photo-sharing app Mobli Media, and worked with influencers ranging from Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Pitbull, Lance Armstrong, Lil Wayne and Serena Williams to Nash Grier, Bart Baker, and Cameron Dallas.  In this episode, you will learn the following about Gil; 1) What lesson he learned at his first job at Playdom that has stuck with him till today 2) How he overcame failure (8:40) 3) The pivot- Realizing that the path of HYPR early is not scalable & (19:00) 4) How listening to a VC early paid off big time (22:00) 5) What he looks for in employees 6) Productivity hack (45:40) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Eyal Gura- The Entrepreneur Who Couldnt Stop

    Eyal Gura- The Entrepreneur Who Couldn't Stop

    03/07/2019 Duração: 31min

    In episode 23 I sit with Eyal Gura, co-founder & CEO of Zebra Medical - an Artificial Intelligence (AI) company dedicated to transforming medical imaging. So how did Eyal go from cleaning windows at a gas station to a serial entrepreneur with 2 exits under his belt as a founder and another as a founding investor, a prolific angel investor that includes Taboola & Appsflyer come to lead one of the hottest companies in Israel and in the AI & Medtech sectors worldwide.  Eyal goes into how he got started, what motivates him, how he took his bar mitzvah money and invested in the stock market, why Zebra Medical is revolutionizing affordable medical care, his management style, company culture and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mike Seiman- CEO @ Digital Remedy- Hustle, Loyalty,  Chutzpah a formula for success!

    Mike Seiman- CEO @ Digital Remedy- Hustle, Loyalty, & Chutzpah a formula for success!

    20/06/2019 Duração: 44min

    In this episode, I sit w/ Mike Seiman, CEO @ Digital Remedy a company which he started back in college building websites and selling ads his first one being for Aaron's Pharmacy. His journey to success is rooted in hustle, loyalty, and a bit of chutzpah as he went from selling ads to scaling his company early one and how his management style has evolved over time. Here are a few more things you will learn when you listen to the podcast; - What age did Mike start making serious cash & what did his mother think he was doing? - When did he start giving to charity? - What did Mike learn from his first job? - What hard lesson did Mike learn early on and how did he overcome it? - Biggest surprise campaign (31:45) - Management Skills and what makes him effective (36:00) - What did he want to be at 15? - Recommended productivity hack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Jay Prasad @ VideoAmp- Making the most out of opportunities.

    Jay Prasad @ VideoAmp- Making the most out of opportunities.

    16/06/2019 Duração: 45min

    In this episode, I speak with VideoAmp Chief Strategy Officer Jay Prasad about his career has taken him to VideoAmp and how he has helped them become one of the leading AdTech players in the industry. From his time as a consultant with EY where he learned that listening was a big part of how to succeed. Before joining VideoAmp, he served as VP of Global Business Development at TubeMogul where he led the company’s launch of Programmatic TV, data and supply partnerships, and international partnership teams in the U.S., EU, Japan, and Southeast Asia.  Previously, Jay led strategic development at FreeWheel, focused on broadcasters’ distribution to digital and OTT platforms. In this episode, Jay discusses; - Early challenges VideoAmp faced - Building the company culture- What do look for in employees and how do they create loyalty? - The hardest decision he made? (33:50) - Management skills- what to look for. - What separates VideoAmp from competitors (39:30) - What did Jay want to be when he was 15? Learn more ab

  • Eric Berry-CEO @ TripleLift

    Eric Berry-CEO @ TripleLift

    20/05/2019 Duração: 45min

    In episode #20 I sit with Eric Berry of TripleLift a leading native ad platform. We delve into all topics from his first job, getting into adtech, the founding of TripleLift, initial capital raise, management style, why he feels Slack is a net drain on productivity, getting the first campaign on TL, why Java is at the core of their product, how they have been profitable from early on and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Omer Keilaf- From the sideline to the show, the road to CEO

    Omer Keilaf- From the sideline to the show, the road to CEO

    08/04/2019 Duração: 45min

    In episode #19 I sit down with Omer Keilaf, CEO of Innoviz on of the hottest companies in the autonomous vehicle sector. Omer finally realized his dream of being a CEO after spending years helping 3 different startups succeed to the point where he co-founded Innoviz in 2016. Omer took an idea and in 3 weeks raised $9M and the rest is history. He brought in 20 employees and started to build the product out, over that time tInnoviz has grown to over 200 people with $182M raised to date. In this podcast you will also learn the following: - How long did it take Omer to raise capital? - What is Lidar? - When did Omer realize Innoviz was going to be HUGE? - Why was CES '17 a pivotal point for Innoviz? (17:00) - How did a startup land a partnership w/ BMW - What did he want to be at 15? - Productivity- what hack does he suggest for others? (41:00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ziv Elul- The Ever Evolving CEO

    Ziv Elul- The Ever Evolving CEO

    28/03/2019 Duração: 51min

    In episode #18 I sit down with Ziv Elul, CEO of Fyber a leading mobile adtech company in Israel and beyond. Ziv's story is pretty amazing from a career in the IDF to an MBA at Hebrew U where he took a thesis project on In-Game Advertising and built it into one of the hottest adtech startups with friend and co-founder Offer Yehudai. So what led him to this path, what lessons did he learn from IDF that prepared him to be CEO of a multinational company. All excellent questions and you will learn the answers when you listen to the podcast. When you listen you will also hear how he raised his first round of funding, got his first client, started getting traction, why he pivoted the company (21:00), what he looks for in employees, why he looks forward to Shabbat. Listen and enjoy but most of all don't forget to give a positive rating in iTunes, Google, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Sarah Hofstetter- Blazing Her Own Path to the Top of the Media World- How did she do it??

    Sarah Hofstetter- Blazing Her Own Path to the Top of the Media World- How did she do it??

    29/01/2019 Duração: 47min

    In episode 17, I sit with Sarah Hofstetter one of the more accomplished executives in the Digital Media Space. Sarah's story shows what hard work, creativity, perseverance, and good timing can lead to. Sarah is currently President of Comscore but her first job was as an intern at the NYTimes where she learned the art of storytelling. One of the key lessons she learnt early on was the importance of communication within the company and how the absence if it allows false narratives to be created. Here are a few more things you will learn when you listen to the podcast; - How did she get started at 360i - What led Sarah to become CEO - What 3 traits did Sarah instill at 360i (Passion, Purpose, Persistence) - Why was her first pitch at 360i was or Living w/ ED (hysterical story) - Why Comscore? - What keeps Sarah on top of her game? - What hack does she do and recommends- hint: it's waterproof Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Dennis Crowley: The long road traveled, his journey to success was anything but smooth.

    Dennis Crowley: The long road traveled, his journey to success was anything but smooth.

    28/01/2019 Duração: 42min

    In episode 16, I sat down with Dennis Crowley, co-founder, former CEO, & Executive chairman of Foursquare to talk about the beginnings of his career in tech and how he took his passion of bringing people together into Foursquare. However, before founding the geolocation company in 2009, he had a less than ideal experience selling his previous startup, Dodgeball, to Google in 2005. That experience led to the creation of Foursquare as the leader in geolocation data for enterprises and the fun app for consumers and is now used by more than 50 million people every month. Here are some of the other topics discussed in this episode: - How many things did Dennis fail at? (8:20) - What was the grad thesis project that Dennis write in Syracuse? - Why the lack of infrastructure hurt the first fundraising round? - What advice did Andreessen Horowitz give to Dennis that helped them grow? - Had no idea how popular Foursquare would be - When did he realize that Foursquare needed a new CEO (19:30) - How did the pivot into

  • Avner Halperin-How he turned mining patient data into saving lives, one bed at a time!

    Avner Halperin-How he turned mining patient data into saving lives, one bed at a time!

    27/01/2019 Duração: 44min

    In episode #15 I sit with Avner Halperin, CEO of EarlySense a medtech company that is at the forefront of Digital health. EarlySense developed a software and sensor that remotely monitors patients’ sleep and movement when placed under a mattress. Crazy! I know as it's one of the more effective non-invasive patient-monitoring systems, in fact it saved over 3,000 lives in 2018 and is now in over 1M beds. So how did Avner build EarlySense to be one of the largest MedTech companies out of Israel? Listen to find out, but in the meantime here things you will learn in this episode. 1. What proverbial wall did EarlySense hit? How did they overcome it before it killed them? 2. What challenge did EarlySense overcome w/ first product? 3. Diversity within the company as they have 13 languages spoken in the office and employees ages range from 17-77. 4. Market Research!! Critical to their sucess- EarlySense spent months in hospitals listening to the needs of users-i.e. medical professionals 5. Leveraged experts in fie

  • Yosef (Gary) Levitt- The Unlikely Path to Success farm boy > jazz musician > Bus Boy > Killer Entrepreneur

    Yosef (Gary) Levitt- The Unlikely Path to Success; farm boy > jazz musician > Bus Boy > Killer Entrepreneur

    22/01/2019 Duração: 41min

    In episode #14 I sit down with Yosef "Gary" Levitt, former CEO & Founder of MadMimi which was acquired by GoDaddy for $45M. The road to success was anything but easy as Yosef's journey started on a farm in South Africa to becoming a pro-skateboarder and bass player, getting a scholarship to a music college in the US, working as a Busboy in SOHO, playing at wedding, getting married, moving to Jerusalem and building MadMimi into one of the best email platforms for artists and small businesses. This interview with Gary Levitt is one of the most incredible and inspiring I have ever heard. W/o any formal education Gary was able to produce music for The Oprah Winfrey Show, teaching himself HTML from a book, and so much more. This interview will make you realize that you too can start a company and the only one holding you back is yourslef. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Yoni Assia- The Unicorn No One Saw Coming, How Yoni Has Created A Financial Powerhouse!

    Yoni Assia- The Unicorn No One Saw Coming, How Yoni Has Created A Financial Powerhouse!

    13/01/2019 Duração: 41min

    In episode #13, I sit down with Yoni Assia, CEO & Founder of eToro, the worlds leading social trading platform. So how did Yoni take his passion for finance from his teenage years and build a company that in 2018 had 1 Trillion in trading and 1 Billion in customer deposits? It wasn't done alone, he had great investors like Guy Gamzu who was an early lead investor and was critical in creating an organizational structure that has helped the company grow, it now has 620 employees worldwide. He keeps employees happy by giving them equity and looks to hir jr. people who look to grow. The culture he has built has been infectious and has helped them grow to over 10 million users and 60% growth in revenues the past 2 years. In fact they are looking to hire 150 people in 2019 and have their sites on global domination. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Yaron Samid- How Getting Fired from his first job led to an incredible journey as a serial entrepreneur.

    Yaron Samid- How Getting Fired from his first job led to an incredible journey as a serial entrepreneur.

    10/01/2019 Duração: 49min

    In episode 12, I sit down with Yaron Samid, a serial entrepreneur who already built 2 successful startups on Pando & Desksite took an idea he had after finding a weird credit card charge which led him to create BillGuard a “collective brain” of credit card charges needed to be created to warn people about common grey charges. Yaron's journey to a successful exit was long, hard, and fun from his really short stint at Edelman PR after college, to Forman Interactive (Register.com), Backweb, Desksite, Pando and finally BullGuard. Yaron's career originally started in marketing and moved to product marketing and management which he realized made him a better founder and one that gave him a better perspective on running a business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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