Name: Guy Eldan
Title: Director of Product
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
GETTING TO AXONIUS
Where did you work before Axonius?
I worked at Amdocs for 8 years in several positions. I was a business analyst and product owner of Amdocs’ service fulfillment and orchestration solutions.
When did you join Axonius?
How did you hear about Axonius?
A mutual friend of mine and CTO and co-founder of Axonius, Ofri Shur’s mentioned that Ofri was looking for an Inbound Product Manager. At that time, I was looking for a new challenge, so I was ready to listen. I met with Ofri and then the rest is history.
Why did you join Axonius?
After working in a big corporation like Amdocs, I was looking for an interesting product with a short development life cycle and the ability to see results fast. When I met Ofri and heard about Axonius, I just fell in love with the product.
I guess love at first sight is real!
What’s your favorite part about working at Axonius?
It’s a combination of several things. The pace at which things happen and the ability as a product manager to see the results almost immediately.
Those things, plus the work and perseverance of other people and how dedicated they are to their own jobs of building and promoting Axonius.
What has been your highlight working at Axonius?
Every time we launch a new release, it’s a new highlight for me.
What does a typical day at Axonius look like for you?
I start off with a morning run or I get my girls ready for kindergarten.
Once I’m in the office, I make myself a good espresso, relax a bit, and then start my working day.
My day usually includes a meeting with the product team, attending meetings and follow-ups, designing new features, and taking care of other assignments to finalize the current release and make sure we’re ready for the next one.
What do you eat for lunch?
In the office, I eat Asian food or a salad.
Now that we’re working from home because of COVID-19, I eat what my partner cooks — which is tastier.
JUST FOR FUN
What’s your best stress buster?
Running. For me, running is like meditation. It’s more for the soul than fitness.
I run three times a week, for a total of about 20 to 30 miles (35 to 50 kilometers) per week.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
Spend time with my family and my girls. Enjoy a beer with friends. And, of course, running.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn carpentry and sketching. Who knows, maybe someday it will happen!
Any special talents or skills?
I am good at organizing things. It can be building processes, organizing information to make it easy to understand, or just arranging the closet at home.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I am a person who tries to enjoy the little things in life. So if I win the lottery one day, I’d probably have to think about this question more seriously!
What is something you learned in the last week?
I recently finished watching a series on Netflix called “Mind Hunter”. Through this, I can say that I learned about serial killers. The whole story revolves around the creation of the term “serial killer” and the FBI’s development of investigating these kinds of killers.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to transition into cybersecurity?
Hey, I’m still a newbie! But I would suggest you find the right product for you. Learn the aspects of the problems and the value proposition, and start from there.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to transition into Product Manager?
Experience is a key factor in the product field. If you want to shift to a product position, I would recommend gaining that initial experience in your current company, with a product you are deeply familiar with.