20 Minute Leaders

Michael Matias


Daily talk show with thought leaders from around the world.

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869 episodes

Ep880: Nina Rauch | Senior Social Impact Lead, Lemonade

At age 16, I founded a breast cancer charity in memory of my late mother - that sparked my passion for social impact, and making a dent in our universe. My campaign has since raised over $500,000 (including $48,000 in under an hour), and spread nationwide. In 2018, I joined insuretech Lemonade to lead Social Impact and ESG. I have distributed over $4M in donations to our 100 partners organizations and our impact has grown 4,232% higher. I was named one of the 100 women to watch by Barclays, and have written for the Telegraph, Guardian and Forbes.

Aug 10
Ep879: Joshua Broggi | Founder and CEO, Woolf

Dr. Joshua Broggi is the founder and CEO of Woolf, a platform that makes it possible for companies and academic groups to launch branded degree programs with the same accreditation as major universities – in weeks, not years. He was previously a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford and a member of the governing Congregation of the University. He also held a Humboldt Fellowship, during which he worked the role of modern universities in support human progress.

Aug 09
Ep878: Inbal Glantser | Co-Founder and CEO, Homaze.com

Inbal is a graduate of the programing course in Mamram and 8200 alumni as an officer. She had 20 years in tech executive positions in local and global companies before deciding to be an entrepreneur. Inbal is a mother of 3 teenage boys. Homaze is a unicorn from the beginning; its so rare to find a construction-tech company founded by women only.

Aug 07
Ep877: Oshik Efrati | CEO, HomeBiogas

Oshik Efrati is the CEO, Co-Founder and Board Member at HomeBiogas. Oshik graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Sciences, specializing in water treatment. Oshik led the product development team at Shoresh, Israel’s largest tactical gear manufacturer and exporter, where he launched an innovative product, sold on a global scale. His next entrepreneurial endeavor was founding HomeBiogas together with his co-founders Yair Teller and Erez Lanzer in 2012. 

Aug 06
Ep876: Malcolm Hawker | Head of Data Strategy, Profisee

Malcolm is a thought leader in the field of Master Data Management (MDM) and Data Governance and has consulted to some of the largest businesses in the world on their enterprise information management strategies. He is a frequent public speaker on data and analytics best practices and cherishes the opportunity to share practical and actionable insights on how companies can achieve their strategic imperatives by improving their approach to data management.

Aug 05
Ep875: Drew Glover | Co-Founder, Fiat Growth + Fiat Ventures

Drew is a Founding Partner of Fiat Growth and General Partner at Fiat Ventures. He is no stranger to the world of growth, technology, and marketing. From his time at Steady where he led marketplace development and growth to Namely, Fjord, and Portal A, he navigated the ins and outs of Go-to-Market strategies and user acquisition.

Aug 04
Ep874: Nihal Advani | Founder & CEO, QualSights

Nihal Advani is a product and marketing expert and the founder and CEO of QualSights. Nihal combined his entrepreneurial spirit and interest in seeing/understanding the world by launching QualSights – an immersive consumer insights platform that helps companies understand human behavior authentically and efficiently at global scale.

Aug 03
Ep873: Orr Hameiri | Global Tech Innovation Director, Procter & Gamble

As Global Tech Innovation Director @ Procter & Gamble, Orr’s key goal is to create a sustainable competitive advantage for P&G by partnering with top entrepreneurs, VCs, and researchers worldwide, in order to incorporate their disruptive technologies within P&G Global Business Units. His broad span of interests includes Cybersecurity, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Infrastructure, industry 4.0, Sustainability and more. A former accountant, Orr serves on the boards of startups and nonprofit organizations alike, where his financial expertise and innovation management experience develop strategic direction and enable operating efficiencies. Additionally, he is the co-host of “The Digital Transformers” podcast, where he interviews innovation leaders from large multinational corporates.

Aug 02
Ep872: Sapir Hadad | Co-Founder & CEO, FinityX

Sapir Hadad was born and raised in Ashkelon, and is currently living in Tel-Aviv.  She is the Co-Founder & CEO of FinityX, a deep tech startup developing AI solutions for investment professionals. Finityx helps investors implement AI tools as part of their investment process to save time and resources and improve quality.

Aug 01
Ep871: Jay Jubas | Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Jay Jubas is a Senior Partner at McKinsey. Jay is a leader in McKinsey’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice, and global leader of Fuel by McKinsey, which serves the start-up and scale-up ecosystem. He is also a leader of  McKinsey Israel TechHub, which provides services to startups, scale-ups, and VCs in multiple tech sectors in Israel. During the last year, Jay did Aliyah due to the huge potential McKinsey has recognized in the Israeli tech ecosystem. Jay holds a BS with highest honors and MS in materials science from Columbia University, and a PhD in physics from MIT. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked as a research associate at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Aug 01
Ep870: Slava Bronfman | CEO, Cybellum

Slava is an experienced cybersecurity leader and entrepreneur. As CEO of Cybellum he is responsible for the business, sales, and marketing operations, working with manufacturers and asset owners worldwide on implementing risk assessment solutions. As part of founding Cybellum’s development of a novel Product Security technology, Slava is the official representative of the Standards Institution of Israel in the ISO 21434 standard technical committee, leading ISO21434 Use-Case TF. He’s also a member of the CISA Software Component Transparency committee, working on the future standardization of Software BoM. I hold an M.Sc. In Computer Science, Cum Laude, and a B.Sc. in Information Systems, Cum Laude.

Jul 31
Ep869: Miri Berger | CEO and Co-Founder, 6Degrees

Founder and CEO, Miri Berger, is an industrial designer by training completed a masters degree from the Pratt Institute and a B.F.A in Ceramic Design from the Bezalel Academy of Arts. She holds patents for her work in design and has over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of projects in the fields of toys, furniture, electronics, and soft goods. Miri specializes in designing products that consider unconventional needs, materials, and uses.

Jul 30
Ep868: Aliza Knox | Bestselling Author, Speaker, Tech Exec, Non Exec Director, Sr Advisor, BCG

Aliza built and led APAC businesses for Google, Twitter and Cloudflare. Prior to that, she was in banking and consulting. She is now a senior advisor for BCG, a Forbes columnist, a Non Executive Director on both public and private boards, and an Angel Investor. Once called a ”Kick Ass Woman Slaying the World of Tech”, Aliza is the author of Dont Quit Your Day Job, outlining 6 mindshifts you need to rise & thrive at work as part of  her commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders. Recently listed in the Top 100 Women in Tech (Singapore, 2021), shes also been named the IT Woman of the Year (Asia, 2020).

Jul 29
Ep867: Yoav Shoham | Co-Founder, AI21 Labs

Yoav Shoham is professor emeritus of computer science at Stanford University. A leading AI expert, Prof. Shoham is Fellow of AAAI, ACM and the Game Theory Society. Among his awards are the IJCAI Research Excellence Award, the AAAI/ACM Allen Newell Award, and the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award. His online Game Theory course has been watched by close to a million people. Prof. Shoham has founded several AI companies, including TradingDynamics (acquired by Ariba), Katango and Timeful (both acquired by Google), and AI21 Labs. Prof. Shoham also chairs the AI Index initiative (www.AIindex.org https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.AIindex.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR10PnoYQbOt4PD8ty06vjkkg7OQzT3-D6g6f53vB8qn_t2jfsR-APHWG_Q&h=AT18EsiCv4UE6dg5WrXjYl8KtCer2EZzo0McNHXrQpKJdQYXfRpHgi-r2f8zPiJvDpoFtJHWRRao62HHDuoNS_2hv1peekVuKBkiBASxMTB0NYBoEeUvBEkxgz-nEF33LV4_&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT1TKZAns4PBhdY3qPIyWebVQ5VSX3ahz47FWaY7kEuUmCusf6LXtpq8vt1Zj15abm8VaaZw1kNALhVoq4VC7Qdh_iHdLVwqgtQ6-HemYO4dO8qhFgdSxCXi-ZduYz8czahc74sSMhXUwbdhurAoLKkhv_epdKrwcYjJNeKEF6zlIYRbpLb-dzlXEWf4Q221m70WegCY1xRqLyyZ0IJ1xdz83T1JmcJX29ITd0UjvlUV), which tracks global AI activity and progress, and WeCode (www.wecode.org.il http://www.wecode.org.il/?fbclid=IwAR1YYhCl-YNE6e6HD1kYuFuNbYbyP20-Pc3GlDK7DqdmucPN7A31CsbbG9o), a nonprofit initiative to train high-quality programmers from disadvantaged populations.

Jul 28
Ep866: May Piamenta | Co-Founder & CEO, Vee

22-year-old May Piamenta, co-founder and CEO of Vee founded Vee together with her two partners Gil and Avi to make social impact easier than ever. Since her teenage years, May has been passionate about volunteerism. Before founding Vee in 2019, she led a global non- profit team, where she managed 10 million volunteers in over 32 countries. All the work was done manually, and she found existing technological solutions to be enterprise-oriented and difficult to use. So, May decided to act.

Jul 27
Ep865: Startup Snapshot Panel | Ido Almany, Carine Schneider, Nimrod Vromen and Yael Benjamin

Participants: Ido Almany, CEO, American Express Israel Carine Schneider, FGE, President, AST Private Company Solutions, Inc. Nimrod Vromen, CEO Consiglieri Yael Benjamin, Founder, Y. Benjamin Strategic Marketing

Jul 26
Ep864: Israel Krush | CEO & Co-Founder, Hyro

Israel founded Hyro in 2018 with the goal of simplifying digital interactions for patients by enabling providers and payers to deploy conversational AI interfaces at scale. Since then, he has raised over $15 million towards bringing that vision to life, building a team of 56 people in New York, California and Tel Aviv who serve dozens of leading healthcare networks including Weill Cornell Medicine, Mercy Health and Novant Health. Before building Hyro, Israel accumulated over 15 years of experience in the emerging technologies space, including Intel. Starting out as a software developer, Israel quickly moved up the ladder to manage engineering and product teams in various Israeli startups eventually ascending to Head of Product at Zeekit, a computer vision company which was recently acquired by Walmart. Israel began his career in 8200, IDF’s elite technology unit, and holds an MBA from Cornell University and a B.Sc in Computer Science and Statistics from Tel Aviv University (magna cum laude). 

Jul 25
Ep863: Kanad Bahalkar | CPO and Co-founder, Potion

Kanad is the CPO and Co-founder of Potion. Kanad is an ex-Googler and was an early employee at Knit Health, a camera that could detect sleeping and breathing disorders using AI.

Jul 23
Ep862: Yariv Geller | CEO and co-founder, vHive

Yariv Geller, CEO and co-founder of vHive brings years of expertise in developing markets for innovative products, technology strategy and execution. Geller was previously CMO of Comverse (NASDAQ: CNSI), a large IT corporation for the telecom industry. Before that, Geller managed marketing and business development of Polychromix (acquired by Thermo-Fischer Scientific), a technology startup in the domain of advanced material sensing. Before that, he was a Team-Leader at POC Consulting, managing strategy, marketing and business development for tech startups and corporations. Geller holds degrees in Physics and Business Administration from Tel-Aviv University (TAU) and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Jul 22
Ep861: Colin Tai | CEO, Alcove

Colin Tai is the co-founder and CEO of Alcove, a platform that enables shared living in any rental propert. The platform invites people in search of their new home and community to find rooms to rent and allows for homeowners to list available bedrooms in their homes. 

Jul 20
Ep860: Doron Frenkel | CEO, Driivz

Doron is an experienced entrepreneur with over 25 years’ international management experience in the EV charging, telecommunications and fleet industries. Prior to Driivz, Doron was co-founder and CEO of We!Secure and before that he held the position of GM of Israeli operations at Sphera. As a Director at Amdocs (NYSE:DOX), Doron led business relationships worth hundreds of millions of dollars with top customers such as Nextel and T-Mobile.

Jul 17
Ep859: Liran Hason | Co-Founder and CEO, Aporia

Liran Hason is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aporia, a full-stack ML observability platform used by Fortune 500 companies and data science teams across the world to ensure responsible AI. Prior to founding Aporia, Liran was an ML Architect at Microsoft-acquired Adallom, and later an investor at Vertex Ventures. Liran created Aporia after seeing first-hand the effects of AI without guardrails.

Jul 16
Ep858: David York | Attorney, CPA, Author and Speaker

David R. York is an Attorney and CPA who practices law in the area of estate planning, with extensive experience in designing advanced strategies for high-net-worth clients. David has spoken to hundreds of public groups and professional organizations, including the TedXSaltLakeCity, Q Commons, the Hawaii Tax Institute, the Purposeful Planning Institute, Investments and Wealth Institute, Valmark Member Summit, Southeastern Family Office Forum, and the Million Dollar Roundtable. David has also written three books, Entrusted, Riveted, and The Gift of Lift.

Jul 15
Ep857: Aaron Bours | VP Marketing, Hyro

Aaron is the VP Marketing at Hyro, where he has helped lead the company from pre-seed to Series A since 2019. He has over 7 years of business development, marketing and product experience, mainly within emerging technologies such as conversational AI. Prior to Hyro, Aaron helped develop and launch Duplex at Google which broke boundaries in the natural language space, and started his career at CheckPoint, helping to grow enterprise mobile security. Aaron completed a BA in Business Administration at IDC Herzliya, with a specialization in marketing, after serving in the IDFs Givati Brigade as a lone soldier. When out of the office, you’ll get his attention with hosting events, good B2B branding and the New York Knicks.

Jul 14
Ep856: Daniel Kligler | Senior Partner, Kligler & Associates Patent Attorneys

Daniel is the senior partner at Kligler & Associates Patent Attorneys. He has a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and before becoming a patent attorney he was a founder, inventor, and manager in two high-tech startups. He has a law degree and is licensed as a patent attorney in both Israel and the US. Since the founding of Kligler & Associates in 2008, clients of the firm have been acquired for a cumulative total of more than $20 billion. The firm specializes in deep tech - computers, communications, electronics, AI, and high-end medical devices - with clients ranging from start-ups, through unicorn ventures, to Fortune 500 companies.

Jul 13
Ep855: Eliron Ekstein | Co-Founder & CEO, Ravin.ai

Eliron has dedicated his work in the past 10 years to digitizing the automotive and transportation sectors. Before founding Ravin, Eliron was Head of New Business Development at Shell’s Digital Ventures unit in London, investing and incubating new businesses that could leverage Shell’s global footprint of retail locations for the benefit of fleets, motorists, and smart cities. Prior to that, Eliron served as the CEO of FarePilot.com, a startup using machine learning to help taxi and Uber drivers find their next passenger by predicting demand patterns in local areas. Eliron has an MBA from London Business School and is the proud father of 2 boys and one adorable girl.

Jul 12
Ep854: Eynat Guez | CEO, Papaya Global

Eynat is the CEO of Papaya Global. An entrepreneur with 15 years of experience, she is a leading expert in global payroll and global workforce management. She co-founded Papaya after seeing the technology gap in global payroll. The company combines her twin passions – technology and global HR – to start a revolution in global payroll management. Papaya’s innovative software provides a total workforce solution, allowing companies to manage all of their global people, payroll, and payments operations through a single dashboard.

Jul 11
Ep853: Ran Ilany | Co-Founder, CEO, Portshift (Cisco company)

Ran Ilany is Head of Emerging Technologies & Innovation (ET&I) at Cisco Israel. Ran is also Co-Founder of Portshift.io acquired by Cisco a pioneer in the Cloud Native  Security market. Prior to Portshift, Ran held executive leadership position w/Check Point software technologies leading network security appliances business line. Earlier, Ran co-founded BladeFusion the first industry standard for Multi Bladed Security appliance for enterprise and prior to that he managed an Engineering team of exceptional researchers and developers in distributed computing at MainControl (acquired by IBM). Ran is the inventor and author of more than ten patents, most of which are in the field of cyber security. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Computer Sciences with Honors from the Technion in Haifa, Israel.

Jul 10
Ep852: Henrik Johansson | CEO, Gembah

Henrik Johansson is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded and built the product company Boundless into a $100M company. Currently he is the co-founder and CEO of Gembah, a product development platform and marketplace, and the Executive Producer of Final Product, a reality TV show incubated at Gembah. He was previously a co-founder and board member of OutboundEngine, and before that the president of EverydayWealth, and co-founder and president of Creditland. Johansson specializes in technology-enabled services, marketplaces, and software as a service. He is an expert on scaling startups, building world-class teams, culture, and scalable processes and infrastructure and has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Austin Business Journal, and was named Counselors 2017 Person of the Year."

Jul 09
Ep851: Kison Patel | Founder and CEO, M&A Science

Kison Patel is the Founder and CEO of M&A Science, with a passion to drive the M&A industry forward. He was an M&A advisor for ten years in which he sold larger companies such as commercial banks and hotel chains. In 2012, he noticed teams lacked efficient technology to manage deals and created DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management platform. In 2016, he started the M&A Science podcast devoting his time to creating a platform where all the best practitioners could share their best practices and lessons learned from real-life deals. Kison then created The M&A Science Academy in 2020 to offer step-by-step training to those looking to master M&A featuring courses created by top-level practitioners. Through developing technology, educational content, and industry training, Kison aims to bring better practices to an industry with growing market pressures, transaction values, and competition.  

Jul 08