All posts tagged: technology

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 …

Model Behavior in the Code World

23 year old model Karlie Kloss, is putting her face to the women’s coding effort in America.  She has announced Kode with Klossy, a sponsored coding camp for girls.  As the tech industry grows, opportunities for techies abound, and the benefactors of these job openings are overwhelmingly male.  There’s a worldwide movement to bring balance to the workforce, by encouraging young women and girls to explore STEM fields. At the core of this movement is the notion that learning code doesn’t mean a one-track future of 1’s and 0’s (though you go girl if this is your idea of a good time!)   Technology is ubiquitous.  We weave tech and code into almost every aspect of our lives.   Gaining even a high level of technical understanding will equip both girls and boys for a future of leadership and strategic thinking- regardless of their career fields.  From public service, to fashion, to agriculture, to wearables, to real estate, to almost anything– technology is a catalyst for scale and success. “No matter what industry you want to go into, what …

Your Personal Brand- more than just a LinkedIn profile

Original Article posted in LinkedIn* Personal brand surrounds us all like an aura, distinct to each and every one of us. Before we enter an interview, a meeting, or a boardroom with strangers, chances are that the other party will already have a hunch as to our position and what we’re all about.  The other person may have searched for you online, but they’ve also probably heard about projects you led or teams you contributed to- culminating in a personal brand, which reaches beyond the internet and into the tangible world. When someone speaks about us at time when we’re not in the room, our reputation lingers. Our actions and our words supersede us, or trail behind. We have a brand association like anything else- reliable like a Volvo, innovative like Apple, or determined like a Nike runner. The aura extends in all directions- often most palpable when we’ve left the room.  For example, when you loose your cool and brazenly shoot down a stupid ideas from your colleague, or perhaps you meekly in the …