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Firewall Special Edition: Tel Aviv Startups
Special Edition 1: Can Drones Disrupt the Gaming Industry?
with Aviv Shapira, Co-Founder and CEO of XTend
How do you take a human and place them inside that drone and allow them to be in a new physical reality? In the first episode of Firewall’s Special Edition, Bradley traveled to Tel Aviv to meet his co-host, Michael Eisenberg of Aleph VC, to talk to Aviv Shapira, Co-Founder & CEO at XTEND, a startup gamifying real-life activities by feeding live content collected by drones to VR headsets worn by the players. On the episode, they discuss aerospace, Aviv's previous company, Replay Technologies, that was acquired by Intel, the unique aspects of the drone industry in Israel, and the future of virtual reality.
Released June 26th | Listen Here
Special Edition 2: Can Trash Be Smarter?
with Shlomy Ashkenazi, CEO of GreenQ Technologies
What does trash, data, smarter cities, and dog poop have in common? In this second episode of Firewall’s Special Edition, Bradley and Michael Eisenberg of Aleph VC talk to Shlomy Ashkenazi, Founder & CEO at GreenQ about his company's data analytics for trash collection. On the episode, they discuss how GreenQ collects clean data from a dirty truck, why this data is so valuable, and the implications of throwing dog waste away in a sidewalk trashcan.
Released July 3rd | Listen Here
Special Edition 3: How Do We Define “Good Cybersecurity”?
with Ram Levi, CEO of Konfidas
How can an individual, company, or nation protect its digital borders? What’s wrong with the current conversation about cybersecurity? On this third installment of Firewall’s special edition in Tel Aviv, co-hosts Bradley Tusk and Michael Eisenberg talk to Ram Levi, CEO of Konfidas, about his experience developing Israel’s national cybersecurity initiative, GDPR, and why comprehensive policy isn’t limited to defenses and deterrents.
Released July 10th | Listen Here
Special Edition 4: What if you could control your dose of cannabis?
with Perry Davidson, Founder & CEO of Syqe Medical
How do you precisely dose cannabis for medicinal purposes? This week, Bradley and Michael talk to Perry Davidson, CEO & Founder of Syqe Medical about his work developing the first precise dosing mechanism for medicalized cannabis. They talk about the cannabis industry, the benefits of inhalation-based medicine delivery, and the regulatory benefits of Syqe’s structure and its revolutionary product.
Released July 17th | Listen Here
Special Edition 5: When will self-driving vehicles become a reality?
with Erez Dagan, Executive VP of Products and Strategy at Mobileye
What’s the deal with robo-taxis? What’s the deal with autonomous vehicles? On this fifth episode of the special edition from Israel, Michael and Bradley dive into the technological and political implications of autonomous vehicles, as well as the business-side of the self-driving industry with Erez Dagan, the Executive Vice President for Products and Strategy at Mobileye.
Released July 24th | Listen Here
Special Edition 6: Is the “medical selfie” the future of healthcare?
with Yonatan Adiri, Founder & CEO of Healthy.io
Yonatan Adiri from healthy.io talks to Bradley and Michael Eisenberg of Aleph VC about how his company is rethinking healthcare for the smartphone generation starting with a digital urinalysis test that can be taken at home. Healthy.io uses a smartphone camera, combined with advanced machine vision artificial intelligence, to analyze test strips with clinical-grade precision. Michael and Bradley also ask Yonatan about his time as the first CTO to the President of Israel, healthtech after Theranos and the regulations the company faces both at home and abroad.
Released July 31st | Listen Here
Special Edition 7: Can a local cryptocurrency change a town’s economics for the better?
with Amos Meiri, Founder & CEO of Colu & FinTech expert Daniel Tsiddon
Amos Meiri, Co-Founder & CEO of Colu and Daniel Tsiddon, former Deputy General Manager of Bank Leumi, and Founder and General Partner in Viola FinTech Fund talk to Bradley and Michael for this final installment of the Special Edition from Tel Aviv. They talk about the regulatory, economic, and political implications of Colu’s local cryptocurrency, as well as local currency’s power and potential to fill empty storefronts with new businesses.
Released August 7th | Listen Here