A series focused on inspiring women in tech and beyond - describing their career trajectory, their perception of diversity in the Israeli tech sector and what supports have made a difference as they reach for their goals.
Maram Hussein: The Importance of Hiring for Attitude and of Being the Change You Wish To See
Maram Hussein at the time of recording was Investor Communication Lead at Vintage Investment Partners and a Board Member at Kav Mashvean. She started her career as a tax researcher, moving to an auditor role before assuming her current role. In recent months she established an initiative to integrate more Arabs in the Venture Capital, Investment Banks and Consulting firms. She now lives in California.Our conversation starts with Maram's university study in finance and accounting and the obstacles she encountered when applying for a first position in accounting and auditing roles. She eventually was successful, and describes how challenging it was to find peers, mentors and role models in the industry who had a similar lived experience to herself, an Arab living in Israel. Maram discusses the break that saw her find a fulfilling role in venture capital and the awakening she experienced when she realized that she could do something to contribute to the social capital of other Arabs seeking to break into the field. She established an affinity and networking group designed to provide a network, leads and other coaching to young people seeking to enter the industry.Maram's motto - is you don't hire for skills you hire for attitude, you can always teach the skills, and reflects on the resilience she learned from her mother, one of her original role models.
Global Women in Tech - Coming in 2023 - Teaser
In 2023 we are taking our Inspiring Israeli Women in Tech Fiftyfaces Focus Series to the next level. We are going global. In this mini-series we give you a taste of the kind of stories and concepts that we will be bringing together - comparing and contrasting experiences around the world. In this series we hear from Maram Hussein about what it was like to be one of the only Arab Women in her tech career, and how she had to look hard for mentors and to build a network. This experience taught her to change the playing field for the next generation - to create an affinity group and networking opportunities to ensure that mentorship and best practice could do its usual work.We move then to the Bay Area, where we hear from Ashwini Asokan, founder of Mad Street Den about the transformative power of AI, and why it is more than "Brains, Bots and Bullshit" (the title of a successful video talk she provided). She talks about the importance of blending AI with an understanding of human behavior, through her study of anthropology, and stresses why humanizing AI will be the way of the future.Finally in this mini-series we hear from Ahryun Moon about her experience founding a scheduling company and what it is like to be one half of a Couple-Preneur. She speaks openly and honestly about the "Female Founder Discount" and how affects everything from company valuations to the ultimate success of that company because of the negative economics that it can create.We will continue this series in 2023 with an exciting new collaboration. Watch this space in 2023.
Ahryun Moon of Goodtime.io: SCHEDULING EFFICIENCY AND ANALYZING THE FEMALE FOUNDERS DISCOUNT
Ahryun Moon is Founder and Head of Company Strategy at GoodTime.io a company designed to boost employee productivity by making scheduling meetings easier. This is not her first time founding a company – she also founded Etch Keyboard and previously worked as a financial accountant and financial analyst. We start with her upbringing and the hackathons that awakened her interest in tech and problem solving. When she noticed that recruiters were spending the bulk of their time on scheduling meetings, she went "under cover" at large companies in Silicon Valley in order to scope the extent of the problem. This was the seed that generated GoodTime.io, and we turn then to her experience as a founder, raising capital, developing an all-remote team and being productive in a "Couple-preneur" arrangement (her husband is also a partner at GoodTime.io). We dig deep into what Ahryun terms the "female founder discount", why this persists and the way that it erodes company value and prospects. This is a passionate discussion that uncovers the inequities that continuing and we pick apart how to address them.
Ashwini Asokan of Mad Street Den: Demystifying AI through Anthropology and Insight
Ashwini Asokan is the founder and CEO of Mad Street Den, an Artificial Intelligence company, powering Retail, Education, Healthcare, Media, Finance & more with its image recognition platforms, Vue.ai and Blox.ai. Headquartered in the Bay Area, California, the company has offices around the globe. She previously worked at Intel, where she led IXR’s Mobile Portfolio, which explored the future of mobile technology and designed compelling mobile experiences that people will love.While at Intel Ashwini spent time working on the Mobile Portfolio where she combined teams comprising designers, anthropologists and software engineers. We talk about the importance of including anthropologists to understand the sometimes varied use case of technology, and we explore what insights this can provide.We move then to talk about a video in which Ashwini refers to AI as “Brains, Bots and Bullshit” and dissect what this in fact means, and what can be done to improve how AI is used and developed in the future. You can find this video here:Mind the product talkhttps://www.mindtheproduct.com/need-product-people-save-ai/And an video about Ashwini’s entrepreneurial journey here:NatGeo videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJlrH1sD7u0As an entrepreneur who has worked through capital raising, Ashwini has a host of insights into the playing field for capital and some of its shortcomings. We look at the steps she took to shore up her own business venture and how her training in the arts taught her the choreography needed to stay the course. We examine the importance of the social sciences, of learning how to “fail up”, build muscle and stay the course, particularly as a woman in the competitive field of tech. Finally, we look at the importance of eating protein, in more ways than one.
Bonus Episode: Charna Ambers of CB Design NY - Building Brands, Leveraging Contacts, Navigating Change
Charna Ambers is founder of CB Design NY, which specializes in corporate brand and marketing design for clients across a range of industries, including in particular healthcare, lifestyle, and real estate. Our conversation starts with her upbringing in upstate New York, her first roles and how she came to the decision to launch her own firm. We talk about her vision for branding and design, and how she builds her network. We delve in particular into her LInkedIN strategy, and how she was an early adopter on the platform and has ultimately garnered more than 30,000 followers.We speak then about her use of a business coach and how that has been pivotal in growing her business and in offering the sounding board and advice needed to navigate through changing times. This podcast is brought to you as a bonus episode featuring inspiring women in tech and beyond with ties to Israel.
21. Hilla Bakshi - A Champion for Women in Tech Takes the Stage
Hilla Bakshi is the founder of Hameetupistiot and works as a marketing and business development co-ordinator at Women on Stage. Women on Stage is a global platform which showcases, books, and trains women professional speakers for any tech event, conference, meetup, or webinar.In our interview, we discuss how Hilla came to champion women in hi-tech. Hilla describes how her growing awareness that she was usually the only female in the room inspired her to ask why. We talk about what she learnt when she asked that question and how it inspired her to launch a community for female professionals. Hilla also discusses with me what she learnt through working with WomenonStage and the transformative effect it had on the participants’ confidence, their storytelling and their ability to rebrand themselves. Finally, Hilla opens up about having stage fright, the agility of dreams, and her future goals. HaMeetupistiot has an active presence on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/meetupistiot/?originalSubdomain=il linkedIn. You can also check out Hilla’s work here https://www.womenonstage.net.