This post is approximately five years overdue, but enough people have asked me this question, I figured it is time to answer it. “Hillel, what do you actually do?!”
Ok, so this is crazy exciting for me. Not only have I not done this type of interview in a long time, way too long (You can see my previous interviews here), but Mark Gurman is somewhat of a legend to me, and millions of others. You know all those Apple scoops and leaks you read about on the web? The leaked images of the next iPhone, the Apple rumors that have become somewhat of an industry in an of itself? Mark is the man who always brings that information to us. The man is Mr. Scoop himself!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The most exciting companies in today’s tech world, pretty much across the board, are companies that took an industry that has not changed or if you want to use buzz words, has not been “disrupted” since forever, and fundamentally changed it.
I love doing interviews, always have. I have done some interviews with some outrageously interesting people over the years. People like Alyssa Milano, Marc Andreessen, Steve Wozniak, and so many others.
This was the case with prooV. What impressed me about prooV? Besides Toby and Alexey who you can see in the live FB interview I did below, the company is solving a HUGE pain point for both startups and enterprises.
Here is your daily dosage of “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” IT Central Station, a company you have never heard of and with a name that, as a marketer, causes me physical pain, is one of the most impressive companies I have met in a while.
It has been a while since I have last interviewed someone who inspired me. You see, I am a big believer in learning from amazing people and I decided long ago that interviewing some amazing folks would be the best way to accomplish that. Except how does a simple guy like myself get to interview legendary human beings like Woz, Marc Andreessen, and all the other epic people I’ve interviewed? Social media, of course.
Ok, listen, I have done my fair share of legendary interviews. From Om to Woz to Alyssa to Vic to Andreessen, and many many more! Twitter has been monumental in helping me form amazing relationships across the globe and I have zero intention of slowing down. Zuck and Marissa, I am looking at you. I will let you choose who goes first.
Over the years, I have done quite a few killer interviews and I am very proud of the long list. Having said that, the opportunity to have interviewed Saul Singer is definitely at the top of my list. If you are not familiar (how are you not familiar?), Saul wrote the book “Startup Nation” along with his brother in law, Dan Senor.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to visit an old friend at Google, NY. Now why is that interesting? Because I call Tomer “An old friend” despite the fact that I had never met him. “Wow, you have a strange definition of friend” is probably what you’re thinking. Could very well be, but if you think about the nature of friendship, you will quickly realize that a friend is someone you learn from, someone you share experiences with, and someone you respect and, well, like. Such is Tomer.
Many years ago (ok, not that many but 5 years in virtual land is a lot!), I decided I was going to interview people who inspire me. Since then, I have been doing so as often as I can. Here are all my superstar interviews. When I first decided to try and reach these people, I set my goals quite high and even made myself laugh at the thought of ever accomplishing the goal of meeting and/or interviewing the Woz.