Earlier this week Axonius CEO & Co-Founder Dean Sysman traveled to Chicago to speak at a Cybertech event titled Israel’s Secret: The Link Between IDF’s 8200 Unit & Entrepreneurial Success.
Hosted by the Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, the event brought together local business leaders to hear how the IDF’s 8200 Unit is a catalyst for innovation and the formation of technology companies in Israel and the U.S.
The event kicked off with opening remarks by Bob Schwartz (Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest), Leonard A. Ferber (Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman), and George Vukotich, Ph.D. (Managing Partner at FinTank).
Dean and Yonatan Striem Amit, CTO & Co-Founder of Cybereason, shared how serving in the 8200 unit contributed to the successes they have seen. Upon completing his IDF service Dean founded two cybersecurity companies, Cymmetria and Axonius, in the span of three years. It’s worth noting that Axonius co-founders Ofri Shur (CTO) and Avidor Bartov (Chief Architect) also served in Unit 8200. 2019 was a breakout year for the company, with two rounds of funding closed, numerous awards won, and a new US headquarters office opened at 330 Madison Ave, New York, NY.
The keys to success? Dean credits his Unit 8200 service in helping him:
- Quickly and calmly tackle complex problems in stressful environments
- Access a close-knit network of fellow Unit 8200 veterans for support and mentorship
- Easily identify qualities like resilience and communication when hiring new employees
The event concluded with a panel and audience Q&A moderated by David Carman, Co-founder & COO, FinTank.
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