Name: Shira Gold
Title: Team Leader
Location: Tel Aviv
Where did you work before Axonius?
I made my first steps in development in the Israel Defense Forces. Later, when I finished my military service, I worked at Algosec. After 4 years there, I wanted to try a startup company, so I moved to Appfront and was their first web developer. I joined Axonius right after Appfront.
When did you join Axonius?
How did you hear about Axonius?
While participating in the Birthright Israel Excel program, a two-month entrepreneurship program that teaches you how to build a startup company, I first met Axonius CEO and co-founder, Dean Sysman. He was part of a panel feedbacking my team's venture and deeply impressed me.
Next, I was introduced to Avidor Bartov, Axonius’ Chief Architect and co-founder, who was participating in another part of the program. I remember Avidor talked about Axonius, and he suggested I join the company. Back then, Axonius was going after its first funding round. I wasn’t sure if I was interested, but I was open to listening.
Once I met the third co-founder, Ofri Shur, CTO, I understood that Axonius was a rocketship that I couldn’t miss — and decided to join the company.
Why did you join Axonius?
I knew I would have full ownership over the product user interface, and I was very excited about that. When I joined Axonius there was no code, I wrote everything from scratch.
What’s your favorite part about working at Axonius?
The sense of responsibility and ownership I get from my work, knowing people trust my professional opinion.
What has been your highlight working at Axonius?
In the first year of the company, we were able to contact an important customer. They asked for a demo, but we did not have a finished product yet. We worked hard days and nights to prepare the demo, up until the very last moment of our CEO's flight.
At the meeting, they said it was what they were looking for, but decided not to close a deal in fear of us being too small. It was a huge disappointment for us, but after about two years we had another chance. This time, they closed the deal!
What does a typical day at Axonius look like for you?
At Axonius, every day is different. I am finding the right balance between development tasks and team management. I try to start the day giving attention to my team or other colleagues, and assist with advancing their tasks as much as I can. Once I feel everyone has the answers they need, I can devote a stretch of time to code reviews, development, testing, and other concentration-consuming tasks.
What do you eat for lunch?
During these strange times working from home, without the social element of lunch, I just grab something small and nutritious. I really miss lunch with everyone at the Tel Aviv Office!
What’s your best stress buster?
Sport — especially running. I run over 6 miles (10 kilometers) twice a week. It’s like meditation for me.
What do you like to do fun outside of work?
I love going out for cocktails, and have even learned how to make my favorite cocktails at home. If anyone needs a recommendation, I know some of the best bars in Tel Aviv!
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Skiing! Before the coronavirus epidemic, I went on a ski vacation for the first time. I would love to do it again.
Any special talents or skills?
Bouldering. Once a week, I go and climb with a friend.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Build my dream house and invest the rest of the money on Axonius. I truly believe in what we are trying to accomplish.
What is something you learned in the last week?
Thanks to the coronavirus epidemic, I’ve learned the importance of face-to-face communication. It is amazing how emails can create a lot of misunderstanding, while a short video chat can help us get things done.
I’ve also realized how much I miss my close family, and the Axonius family.
Do you have any pets?
No, but I have a lot of plants to take care of. 😊 Especially spice plants.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to transition into cybersecurity?
Learn as much as you can about the cybersecurity field.
Like other areas, you should be familiar with the concepts and terms of this unique world. Read articles, talk with experts, and get to know other cybersecurity products.
When interviewing, it is important to demonstrate good programming skills and a quick learning curve when moving to a new area of expertise.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to transition into R&D?
You must show a can-do attitude, take responsibility, and have the ability to prioritize and understand context.
For example, in the R&D department, it is important to understand what I am doing and how the development tasks map to the big picture.