Start-Up Nation Voices is a podcast of Start-Up Nation Mentorship and the World Jewish Congress. Start-Up Nation Mentorship pairs extraordinary college student leaders with top Israeli industry and government mentors. The venture is currently operating on 20 campuses in 6 continents and enables students to develop meaningful, lasting relationships with Israelis who are in the centre of the dynamic global economy and hub of innovation. In Voices, we bring on top Israeli and international leaders to share a deeper look into their industry and personal background, exploring the importance of mentorship and partnership with Israel.
Ronni Zehavi – CEO of HiBob
In this episode, Elan Arnowitz, Director of Mentor Relations, sits down with Ronni Zehavi, CEO of HiBob - a platform that allows companies to streamline HR processes and engage top talent. They discuss the shifting employee trends that lead to HiBob’s founding, frameworks for optimizing entrepreneurial success, and all things SaaS! Having worked within the SaaS industry since its inception, Ronni highlights its changes over time and why he chose to focus on an underserved segment within the human resources category. He also defines culture and explains why it’s vital for any company’s success.
Gidi Mark – CEO of Birthright Israel
In this episode, Elan Arnowitz sits down with Gidi Mark, CEO of Birthright Israel, who discusses his journey as the company’s first employee and how he built the largest educational tourism organization in the world. Mark also shares comical anecdotes that confirmed a successful marketing campaign and his thoughts on the greatest risks to the organization. Birthright Israel has generated more than $1.5B for the Israeli economy. Listen to the full episode below!
Yoav Degani – CEO of MyPrivacy
In this episode, Yoav Degani, a 4x CEO, discusses the mindset needed to become a successful entrepreneur, why he doesn’t think in terms of trends, and what he has learned from his failures. Yoav offers a glimpse into the knowledge he’s gained from advising over 500 startups throughout his career!
Noa Tishby – Israeli-American Actress, Producer, and Author
As misinformation spreads dangerously on the internet, Start-Up Nation Mentorship Israel Director, Dean Meyer sits down with Noa Tishby, Israeli-American actress, producer, and author to unpack many of the common misconceptions about Israel. Noa discusses what Zionism is and how the term has been misappropriated while describing why one can be both liberal/progressive and a staunch Zionist at the same time. On top of this, Noa gives her perspective on rising anti-Semitism and the BDS movement, how to stand up for your beliefs in a professional and respectful way, and finally, how the region can achieve peace.
Dr. Tarif Bader – IDF Surgeon General
We had the privilege to interview Brigadier General Dr. Tarif Bader, former Surgeon General of the Israel Defense Forces, on this episode of Start-Up Nation Voices. Dr. Bader is the first Israeli Druze to occupy the office. He graduated from the medical school of Ben-Gurion University in 1993 and completed his pediatrics residency in 2004. He earned his Master of Health Administration degree from Ben-Gurion University in 2006 and, most recently, his Master in National Security from Haifa University in 2017. Having served in the IDF Medical Corps since 1993, he has commanded and overseen humanitarian missions in Haiti, Syria, Nepal, and Turkey.
Listen in to get an in-depth perspective on COVID, vaccines, Israel’s humanitarian missions, and the reasons Israel leads the world of healthcare.
Ben Rabinowitz – Founder and Managing Partner at Amiti Ventures
Start-Up Nation Mentorship Israel Director, Dean Meyer sits down with Ben Rabinowitz, Founder and Managing Partner at Amiti Ventures to discuss Ben’s business and life experiences in both the U.S and Israel. During this episode, Ben shares his story on how he became a seed-stage investor at Innoviz and their journey to an IPO. Furthermore, Ben discusses why Israeli has become a global innovation and technology powerhouse, how his experience at AudioCodes as General Manager and Vice President shaped his career, and finally, new and emerging deep tech trends that he finds interesting.
This is an amazing podcast!