Yaron Ben-Zvi, CEO
What five words would the team at Haven Technologies use to describe you?
Approachable. Setting the tone as someone who is open is important in setting the right culture. Trustworthy. I think that people who work for me trust that I have their best intention in mind. Caring, transparent. Not always the best communicator, but I try to be open and transparent as to why and when certain things are happening. And for a fifth word…ambitious. Definitely.
You mention culture. What is your approach to building and sustaining it at Haven Technologies?
Investing in our culture was always important to me. I’ve always believed in the power of culture to move people and things—much more than the power of strategies or processes. It’s one of the things that I’m most proud of here. You don’t often get to build a team from the ground up and select people one by one. For us, from the beginning, we were really clear about our values as we brought on new people to the team.
In terms of building a culture, was there a moment early on where you sort of looked around and thought, “Okay, this is working, this is how I hoped it would be”?
That’s a really good question. I don’t think there was one moment, to be honest. In some ways, it’s easy to do it when you’re 20 or 30 people because you’re just so small and informal. I think it was when we hit 100, 150, and it was still working, and people were still excited to be here.
If you could spend one year living anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
I would say Tel Aviv, Israel. So, I’m Israeli. I was born there. I left when I was two, but I’ve visited there a lot. I love it. It’s an amazing place with great food, beautiful beaches, really vibrant culture, and I would love to just spend a year being there.
What did you wear as a teenager that you thought looked really cool?
My motorcycle jacket. Oh, wow. That was the thing back then. That was the thing in the ‘90s, man.
Like a leather one or…?
Yeah, I had a leather motorcycle jacket in high school that I wore a lot. And it’s funny, because I held on to it for some reason. So it’s hanging in my son’s closet, waiting for him to reach that size, and be in that moment. I couldn’t let it go.
Who would play you in Haven Technologies: The Movie?
I have been told in the past by people that I reminded them of Mark Ruffalo. Who I know very little other than the fact that he played Bruce Banner in the Avengers movies. That sounds pretty great to me, being the good part of the Hulk. The wanderer/searcher guy, that feels about right.