All posts tagged: Mind

Culture Spotlight: Maya of Honeybook

When you walk into the HoneyBook offices you’re immediately greeted by a welcoming space flanked with bright walls, market lights on the ceiling, and beautiful furniture created with upcycled wood.  It’s like you’ve just entered a living room filled with a family of tee-shirt clad developers huddling around computers and cups of coffee.  Music plays through the open office space while HoneyBookers mill about, working on new developments for their core product- a workflow system geared toward creative professionals.   HoneyBook has created a stir in the tech world with VC investments totaling $46 M since its founding in 2013.  This international team certainly has a unique way of creating value for their community from San Francisco to Tel Aviv.  Pitaya had a great time chatting with Maya Wolkoon, HoneyBook’s Tel Aviv GM, on all things culture and employee development. Maya, What gives you inspiration for your workday? We are builders. Everyone here is building our product, while also building the company. It takes people with an entrepreneurial spirit, and those people are so fun …

Culture Spotlight: Talia from WalkMe

Pitaya sat down with Talia Komorov from WalkMe, a growth-stage startup company that has catapulted into the global tech stratosphere.  WalkMe, a Digital Adoption Platform that simplifies user experience and drives user action using insights, engagement and guidance capabilities, has raised $92.5M since 2011, and they have a unique mix of big-company comfort, with an agile startup feel.  This company represents the type of passionate people investment we love, and we’re sharing insights from Talia- passionate people person, at the company’s Tel Aviv office. Name: Talia Komorov Current Position & Company: Employer Branding Manager Where do you live & work? The best city on earth- Tel Aviv What’s the best thing about working at WalkMe?  For starters, the fact that we’re not corporate 🙂 The most important thing to mention here is the talent we hire. We actually surveyed our employees on overall engagement and happiness and the feedback from nearly everyone was that the best thing about working at WalkMe is the people they work with and the startup culture we have been successful at maintaining. Additionally, we pride ourselves …

In Building a Company or a Marriage — Perks Just Don’t Cut It

Just as life-partners need to weather the storms that often arise in marriages in order to achieve effective connection and great quality of life, companies need to do the same. Not only do we need to survive the shit storms, but also come out thriving on the other end. In March 2016, my company, Pitaya conducted a market satisfaction survey for tech employees in Tel Aviv. Of hundreds of respondents, 70% had worked in their companies for less than 2 years. Despite being new employees, subjects reported a surprisingly high level of company loyalty, and comfort being honest with their direct managers and/or direct reports. When you pop the hood and peek into the day-to-day of a terrible company to work for, or an absolutely fantastic company to work for, it all boils down to a subjective reflection of the experience. It’s no accident when people feel connected to the mission of their company, proud of their employer, and driven to help their company succeed their lofty goals. Out of the data we collected, two …

The Number One Trait of a Great Leader

I recently watched a lecture by the great Simon Sinek, whom I discovered years ago whilst stumbling upon his famous TED talk. Sinek’s recent book entitled Leaders Eat Last takes a markedly basic approach to leadership by highlighting guttural human psychology for the makings of a great leader. His recent lecture focused on the traits of great leaders and how they can foster their employees’ development and responsibility in order to make an organization thrive.