Are you familiar with Ori Keren, the CEO of software metrics company LinearB? If you think that all CEOs are alike, then you probably don’t know a great deal about Keren. He’s proven time and again that he doesn’t really fit into any box, nor does he prescribe to the preconceived notions of others. If you want to know more about him, here are 10 things that will probably interest you.
1. He developed a love of coding when he was much younger
When someone finds that special something that they are supposed to do with their life, they tend to know it the instant it happens. That’s certainly been the case for Keren, as he developed a love for computer coding when he was a teenager. From the moment he started coding, he knew that he wanted to make it an important part of his life. You can certainly say that he has done exactly that. As a matter of fact, he loves it just as much today as he ever has.
2. He has a definite passion for computers and coding
Granted, there are some people in the world who can’t imagine a life where they have to sit in front of a computer and write code all day long. However, there are also those who absolutely relish such an idea. Keren definitely falls into the second category.
3. He also has a strong desire to help other people
He’s always wanted to help others in any way that he could. He saw a way to do exactly that with his coding skills. For him, the chance to help comes in the form of helping other entrepreneurs and business owners by providing them with real-time solutions.
4. He likes the idea of spearheading things by doing something unexpected
He’s never really been one for doing things the same old way. In fact, he’s thoroughly convinced that you’ll never get a different result unless you're willing to do something drastically different. He’s always paid attention to the ones who weren’t afraid to change things up, probably because he’s much the same way.
5. He’s always more than happy to bring others along when he succeeds
Over the years, he’s been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to benefit from the success of others. That’s something that he keenly remembers. As a direct result, he makes it a special point to do the same for others. When he and his company do well, he brings others onboard so they too can enjoy the success. All he asks is that they do the same for someone else whenever they have the chance.
6. He gets excited by the possibilities afforded by modern-day technology
There’s no doubt about it, he still gets just as excited by everything made possible through technology as he ever has. In fact, some might even argue that as technology advances and becomes increasingly capable, his excitement level grows exponentially. It’s easy to understand why. His life has been built around technology and now, he’s getting the chance to see how it can help people all over the world in real time. Who wouldn’t be excited about such things?
7. He’s a firm believer in working your way up
In 2007, he was working as a team member at his first tech job. Some people might have resented starting on the bottom rung of the ladder and being forced to work their way up, but not Keren. In fact, he cherishes those moments because he was able to learn so much from them. He’s always quick to point out that he learned the most important things while he was there. That includes learning how to work effectively with others and present ideas that would benefit the group, not just him. He also learned that when you do something good, everyone should have an opportunity to share in the celebration. Conversely, when things don’t go so well, it’s important to stand up and take responsibility for the role you played.
8. He’s always learning
He loves learning and has commented in the past that you can learn all the time, regardless of where you are or what you are doing. No matter how skilled you become, there is always more to be learned. If you go around thinking that you already have it all figured out, you’re only setting yourself up for failure.
9. He tends to use social media to make professional announcements
He uses social media, as he has a Twitter account that he posts to fairly regularly. That being said, he really does prefer to talk only about matters of a professional nature as opposed to sharing every aspect of his personal life with the whole world. As a matter of fact, he has made comments a time or two in the past that would lead one to believe that the whole idea of sharing every aspect of your personal life on social media confuses him. He definitely sees a place for social media, but he prefers to keep it professional.
10. He doesn’t put all of his eggs in one basket
It doesn't matter if you're talking about technology or virtually anything else, he's a firm believer that you should always have a back-up plan and then a back-up plan for your back-up plan. As far as he's concerned, counting on only one thing and then finding yourself in a difficult position when that one thing fails is practically the definition of lunacy. He's commented a number of times that when you're counting on only one thing to fulfill your needs, it's inevitable that something will eventually happen and when it does, you'll be left holding the bag.
Written by Allen Lee
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