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The Connectors

The Connectors

By Nitzan Gal and Inbal Perlman
"The Connectors" is a podcast about the people who are building and managing innovative ecosystems worldwide.

The exponential growth in demand for innovation, from all kinds of players in the tech world, has created new and diverse versions of ecosystems. On the podcast, we will interview different ecosystem managers to learn about their work, find out how they measure their impact and their ways to generate value for the different stakeholders they work with. We’ll explore how they maximize collaborations and hear about their challenges through stories from their day-to-day work.
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#6: Measuring the Business Impact of Community | Richard Millington, Founder of FeverBee

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#6: Measuring the Business Impact of Community | Richard Millington, Founder of FeverBee
In this episode, we had the privilege to interview one of the most influential voices in the community space today. Richard Millington has spent the past decade helping 250+ companies develop some of the world’s largest online communities. He is the founder of FeverBee, an international community consultancy, and his clients have included Google, Facebook, Oracle, Wikipedia, EMC, Greenpeace, United Nations, and many more. Prior to FeverBee, Richard interned with Seth Godin in New York. He started his first online community in 1999 and is the author of The Indispensable Community and Buzzing Communities, which have been widely cited as introducing the best practice into developing successful communities. What’s the biggest challenge businesses face when implementing community strategy? Why do most community strategies fail to achieve their goals? How can community managers apply psychology to their work to develop successful, indispensable communities? What are some metrics you think are important when measuring community impact? What is the relationship between building community and ecosystems, and how has it changed in the last decade?  Answers to these questions and more - in our latest interview with Richard.
October 25, 2020
#5: Harnessing the TAU ecosystem to boost portfolio success | Shira Gal, Business Development Manager at TAU Ventures
Our latest episode is dedicated to all professionals who have job titles that may not directly reflect ecosystem building, yet understand and invest in growing the organization’s ecosystem to achieve its business goals. We had a wonderful time recording this episode in our guest’s home-base,  TAU Ventures in Tel Aviv, hosting Shira Gal, the fund’s s VP of Business Development. During  our conversation with Shira, we covered a variety of topics- from d what building a DNA for a fund looks like, how TAU’s innovative startups work environment affects the fund’s culture; c the concept of building a fund around a university and its own ecosystem, while growing a rich industry network, and  Shira’s unique path to this role. Answers to all of the above…. in our latest interview with Shira!
September 21, 2020
#4: Bridging two innovation ecosystems | Tue David Bak, Executive Director at Innovation Centre Denmark
In this episode we went behind the scenes of not a single ecosystem- but two.  As the Executive Director  of Innovation Centre Denmark, Tue David Bak fostered innovation alliances between the Nordics and Israel, in an array of fields ranging from foodtech, healthcare, pharma, cleantech to education. What does bridging two innovation ecosystems look like? What are the challenges and opportunities involved in connecting two different countries and cultures - and what is the skill-set and  mindset required to do so successfully? How does Israel’s risk-taking culture play with the Danish culture of conformity- and how does the tension between traditional diplomacy VS innovation come into the picture? Tune in to learn more. _  Tue David Bak  has spent the past two decades working on economic development and innovation. He has managed projects and advised governments and business leaders in more than 25 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Asia. His clients and employers include the Danish Government, the UN, the World Bank, BSR-Business for Social Responsibility, AngloGold Ashanti, the Government of Serbia, the Government of Ghana, and more. From 2017 to 2020 Tue was Executive Director at Innovation Centre Denmark in Tel Aviv, where he helped foster novel innovation alliances between the Nordics and Israel within an array of fields.
August 7, 2020
#3: Leading an Innovation Managers Ecosystem | Romi Davidor, Director of CatalystIL
In our third episode, we had the pleasure to host Romi Davidor, Director of CatalystIL, a  professional community for innovation managers in the public and private sector, managed under the Israeli Innovation Institute. Romi joined the Israel Innovation Institute in 2018 with a clear vision of creating a professional, first of its kind community in the field of innovation management in Israel. Soon after she became one of the co-founders of CatalystIL, today an ecosystem of over 1,900 community members, 250 innovation managers and over a 90 professionals.  What are the components involved in leading a first of its kind ecosystem of innovation professionals? What useful habits can ecosystem managers adopt to sustain member engagement and promote a culture of innovation within? What does it take to create a concise value proposition- while navigating between multiple stakeholders? And how does understanding members' needs- sometimes mean wearing the "psychologist" hat? Answers to these questions and more - in our latest interview with Romi.  
July 21, 2020
#2: Creating Value For Protfolio Companies | Nofar Amikam, Partner and Head of Value Creation at Glilot Capital
In this episode, we had the pleasure to host Nofar Amikam, Partner and Head of Value Creation at Glilot Capital.  Glilot is one of Israel’s most successful VCs in recent years, and has been ranked as one of the five best performing VCs in the world by Preqin for three years in a row. Amikam joined Glilot in April 2018, after previously working at Microsoft as a business development lead for Israeli startups, and at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP). How can VCs build a thriving ecosystem that provides structured, effective and valuable support to their portfolio companies?  What is the role of value creation leaders in the venture capital landscape, and how is it evolving? Tune in to listen to Nofar’s perspective on these questions, how her previous work with Israeli startups at Microsoft, Deloitte and  Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) serve her work as an ecosystem builder, as well as some practical methods for creating a venture capital ecosystem.
June 21, 2020
#1: Building Global Networks | Yaron Samid, Founder of TechAviv
Our first episode! Join us to hear about Yaron Samid's journey of building TechAviv, and his valuable insights on motivating people and creating real value for his members.  Yaron Samid is an Israeli-American technology entrepreneur, CEO, board director, investor, and startup community organizer and the founder of TechAviv, an invite-only global network of top Israeli startup founders and investors established in 2007. Its 3,000 members are spread across 16 cities with 6 main branches - Tel Aviv, Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, LA and London, and meet regularly to harness collective  knowledge and networks.
June 3, 2020