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Outbrain: closing a funding round with gunfire in the background -Co-Founder & Co-CEO Yaron Galai Secret Leaders

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It’s pretty rare that investors have to ask the Founder they’re speaking to if they’re in a warzone, or insist they have to leave their country for somewhere a little more ‘peaceful’ but that’s exactly what happened to Yaron Galai, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Outbrain. Yaron was a captain in the Israeli Navy before smashing it out the park with a few startups he founded. 
Yaron’s latest company Outbrain (founded in 2006) is one you may not have heard of but you’ve probably used - they power recommended articles on loads of the world’s top news sites. 
They nearly merged with their biggest competitor (Taboola) a year ago only for that deal to not work out and float instead on the Nasdaq for $1.25 billion. 
As Yaron says, an exit is a great outcome but a terrible plan, so what was his plan? How has he got multiple exits under his belt? What are the secrets to his success? 
We talk about:

The struggle for funding

Israeli military/life/work balance

Parents investing to make sure their children got paid

Exiting for $400m 

Why it’s easier to make acquisitions when you’re public


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It’s pretty rare that investors have to ask the Founder they’re speaking to if they’re in a warzone, or insist they have to leave their country for somewhere a little more ‘peaceful’ but that’s exactly what happened to Yaron Galai, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Outbrain. Yaron was a captain in the Israeli Navy before smashing it out the park with a few startups he founded. 
Yaron’s latest company Outbrain (founded in 2006) is one you may not have heard of but you’ve probably used - they power recommended articles on loads of the world’s top news sites. 
They nearly merged with their biggest competitor (Taboola) a year ago only for that deal to not work out and float instead on the Nasdaq for $1.25 billion. 
As Yaron says, an exit is a great outcome but a terrible plan, so what was his plan? How has he got multiple exits under his belt? What are the secrets to his success? 
We talk about:

The struggle for funding

Israeli military/life/work balance

Parents investing to make sure their children got paid

Exiting for $400m 

Why it’s easier to make acquisitions when you’re public


Feedback:

hello@secretleaders.com 

Sponsor links:

smithandwilliamson.com/secretleaders

klaviyo.com/secretleaders

personio.com

vanta.com/secretleaders

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