One year ago, I gave notice at Champions and joined the incredible team at Wibiya / Conduit. The team here is simply incredible. These are some of the most talented, and legit-fun people with whom I have had the pleasure of working. Over the past year we have added thousands of publishers and introduced a truly new approach to designing the content experience of the future. Stay tuned for big news in this space over the next few months.
On a personal level, this past year has been simply remarkable. Whereas our first year of aliyah (immigration to Israel) was about settling in, this past year was about truly experiencing what it means to live here. While my hebrew is far from native, we have begun to live our lives as locals. Ari (6) and Ovadya (3) are doing very well in school and have a deep appreciation for our values. And with G-ds help, we are expecting #3 in January. Rina, these past seven years have been a roller coaster and I never would have made it to where I am without you. Happy anniversary.
Life in Israel is unlike anything we could have ever expected. The startup culture is simply incredible. Everyone seems to have a few startup ideas in their back pocket, and many of my friends and neighbors are actively building their future. My good friends at Glide had a year of incredible growth and global recognition. When we first met just one year ago, they were first building their team.
But life in Israel is more than tech. While rockets fell on the south, people all across the country opened their homes, hearts and wallets to assist them. While my kids learned how to run to a "safe room" when the sirens wail, parents across the country were calling the pizza stores in the south and sending free pies to families with children stuck in bomb shelters.
For the first time in my life, I have celebrated an entire year with a Jewish company. In December, we gathered around the menorah every evening and lit the candles together. In the spring, we gathered for a Passover toast led by the CEO. And last week, we gathered again for a Rosh Hashanah toast. It's nice to play for the home team.
I never that life could be this great.
May the next year bring all of us health and happiness, wisdom and success, growth and focus on all that makes us great.
Shanah Tovah U'metukah.