Every week we send the same list of questions to a different founder from companies of all sizes, and feature them in our Founders Column. Each week we get new answers, insights, perspectives, and tips on how we all can shine a bit brighter.
We heard 25 founder stories and were inspired by each one in a different way. But as we kept going, we started noticing similarities in some of the founders’ answers. We decided to share this small ‘patterns’ with you and give you a glimpse of what small habits make these people so successful. Whether these are similar to habits you have taken on or different, we hope you learn something new and inspiring. Enjoy.
64% exercise daily.
Eynat Guez, Papaya Global: “This is my time to clear my head, clear my thoughts, and think.” These sports include swimming, climbing, and running.
20% of founders meditate daily.
Roy Mann, monday.com: “It gives me perspective on things, on what matters and what doesn’t.”
12% have a passion for music and start their day with a song they love.
Roy Yamner, GlassesUSA: “A day without music is a day not lived.”
24% listen to a podcast daily.
Lior Sion, Bringg: “You never know where inspiration will come from.”
12% enjoy art.
Moran Price, IRP systems: ‘I’m passionate about art, and especially the impressionists who changed the history of modern art.’
8% suggested working with family and friends.
Gad Maor, Storemaven : “Avoid working with friends and family, that is advice I definitely would (and do) ignore. Over the years and through all the different companies we started together, we encouraged the good side of nepotism – embracing your talented friends and family and getting to work with your favorite people every day.”
20% trust their intuition more than anything.
Erez Naaman, Scopio labs: “I would ignore the advice to quantify everything. The trick is to know where to trust your intuition.”
16% mentioned the importance of understanding the context of every advice given.
Avi Eyal,l Entree Capital:“It’s very important to know where each piece of advice is coming from, who is giving it, and what their context is.”
28% are passionate about social impact, doing good, and helping grow others.
Chen Levanon, Kumbaya: ‘In the last couple of years, I realized that real-world business education starts in middle school and even before. These days, I am very passionate about educating teenagers to prepare them for the real world as much as possible.’
16% were influenced by the book ‘The Hard Things About Hard Things’ by Ben Horowitz. 12% of founders recommended Sheryl Sandberg’sbooks ‘Lean In’ & ‘Option B’.
Yael Florenthal, Spetz: “I can honestly share that it helped change some critical patterns, which in turn served me when we started our journey.”
*Other recommended books include The Lean Startup, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Design of Everyday Things, The Art of Strategy and many more.